[one_half_last]Dietz – Lernout
Hanley – Johnston
Brown – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Shane Bakker, Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
It had been almost a week since the last time the IceCaps took the ice for a game. After finally grabbing a win in Syracuse at the end of a disappointing road trip, the team had a few days to rest and practice before welcoming the Albany Devils to the Mile One Centre.
The first period was rather sluggish, with St. John’s only getting four shots on goal. Only one penalty, against Gabriel Dumont, was called in the opening frame – a quiet 20 minutes to be sure.
The second period, however, was the polar opposite. Charles Hudon scored his 19th goal of the season during a power play, assisted by Dumont and Nikita Scherbak. The goals came fast and furious after that, with Alexander Ranger and Brandon McNally both scoring within another minute or so.
Then things got pretty intense. Five fights were recorded in the period, with Mark MacMillan and John Scott both getting thrown out with game misconducts. Scherbak was the victim of a dirty hit from behind which tossed him toward the visiting bench and into the stanchion. Scott took exception and landed a flurry of solid left jabs onto the face and head of Ben Thomson.
The Devils managed to get one goal on the board in the third period, but the IceCaps didn’t let them get any farther in the scoring race. It was a solid team win to kick off this home stand as they try to make a push toward the playoffs down the stretch.
The Icecaps face the Albany Devils again on Saturday night for the second game of the back-to-back and the final game in the season series.
▲ Bud Holloway, Eddie Pasquale, Charles Hudon, John Scott, Darren Dietz
Scratches: Michael Bournival, John Scott, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Victor Bartley (undisclosed) Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
The slide continues for the St. John’s IceCaps. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre moved his lines around again, pushing Michael McCarron back to the first line, dropping Nikita Scherbak down to the second line. Gabriel Dumont moved back to center on the third line, putting Jacob de la Rose on the left wing. Lefebvre also chose to roll seven defensemen tonight.
The new look still failed to produce results. It only took about five minutes for the Wolf Pack to put the first goal on the scoreboard. Despite the first period continuing fairly quietly, things started to break down in the second frame. Josiah Didier took a couple of penalties, including a fighting major, and McCarron took consecutive penalties for cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct. Hartford tallied two more goals during the period, one of which came on the power play from McCarron’s second penalty.
Charles Hudon gave the IceCaps some hope by potting a wrister to start the third period, but the comeback hill was too steep to climb. This was the third consecutive loss for the IceCaps, who now head back to St. John’s for some rest and preparation for their next opponent.
In the meantime, McCarron and Morgan Ellis head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday.
The IceCaps return to Mile One Centre on Friday night when they welcome the Utica Comets for a back-to-back series.
Scratches: Max Friberg, Eric Neilson, Dalton Thrower, Tim Bozon (undisclosed), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed) Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
After returning to St. John’s from a five-game road trip, the IceCaps had most of the week to prepare for the start of their next home stand with the Portland Pirates coming into town. But the team that skated onto the Mile One Centre ice Friday night looked like they were tired. Play moved slowly for St. John’s and they consistently looked unorganized and sloppy.
The Pirates pressed hard in the opening period, getting 20 shots on Zach Fucale with just six shots coming back their way from St. John’s. Fucale mostly held his own throughout the night, receiving little to no support from the team in front of him.
The IceCaps allowed members of the Pirates to have banner nights: Brent Regner tallied three assists, while Rob Schremp racked up a goal and two assists.
Bud Holloway potted the only goal for the home team on a power play in the second period, assisted by Morgan Ellis and Lucas Lessio.
In roster news, Dustin Tokarski was traded to Anaheim in exchange for Swedish forward Max Friberg. Friberg is expected to play in St. John’s Saturday night, when the IceCaps take on Portland once again to finish out the back-to-back series.
Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Jacob de la Rose (undisclosed), Mac Bennett, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
If the previous night’s game against the Albany Devils was exciting, this night’s game greatly surpassed it. Michael McCarron got things rolling just 30 seconds after puck drop with his 11th goal of the season, assisted by Bud Holloway. Next up it was Angelo Miceli with his third tally of the season, quickly followed by another McCarron goal – this one on the power play. Scott Wedgewood, giving up three goals on six shots, took a seat on the bench as Yann Danis was tapped to replace him in net.
Frustration for the Devils started to boil over, with Thompson dropping the gloves with Didier, and scrums popping up at every stoppage. The second period saw a complete change on the ice as Albany came out strong, outshooting the IceCaps 18-7 and getting one goal back.
Then the power play unit came up big for St. John’s once again as Joel Hanley potted one, and McCarron topped off the night with a third goal to complete his second hat trick of the season.
Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net during this game, giving up only one goal on 46 shots. Lucas Lessio made his IceCaps debut, after being acquired from Arizona in exchange for Christian Thomas. Lessio found himself on the top line with McCarron and Bud Holloway.
The IceCaps now have some time off for a holiday break, after which they’ll head out on their next road trip beginning in Toronto on Boxing Day.
▲ Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale, Lucas Lessio, Michael Bournival
Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
The IceCaps returned home to St. John’s this week and welcomed the Rochester Americans tonight for the first of a back-to-back. The IceCaps came out shooting, showing a lot of energy and tallying 22 shots on goal in the first period. Jacob de la Rose, returning from a lengthy absence due to injury in early November, made his mark early on as he put the home team on the board late in the first. It was his first goal for St. John’s this season.
Penalties, however, also played their part in this game. Michael McCarron took consecutive minors for cross-checking and roughing in the first period, while Josiah Didier sat for five minutes after enduring a fight with Patrick Kaleta. The Amerks power play unit finally converted one of their man advantage opportunities and tied the game in the second period.
Shots were kept to a minimum and the game was played pretty tightly through the third period, but then Jerry D’Amigo saw an opening when Gabriel Dumont and Mark Barberio got caught deep with Darren Dietz trying to make a play behind the net. D’Amigo shot one past Zach Fucale and moments later Rochester potted an empty-netter.
Despite the mistake late in the third, Dumont had seven shots on goal for the night, while Morgan Ellis tallied five shots. Michael Bournival played his first game of the season, taking the left wing position on the top line.
The IceCaps meet up with the Rochester Americans again tomorrow night at Mile One Centre for the second of their back-to-back series.
ST. JOHN’S, NL. — After a successful opening weekend at home, the IceCaps hosted the Binghamton Senators for a Tuesday – Wednesday series at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.
Game one was a back and forth affair which saw the lead change a few times before heading to overtime. In the second period alone, we witnessed a combined five goals and three fights. The IceCaps carried a two goal lead into the final 10 minutes but the Senators tied it up late, and managed to score in overtime to take the win.
The real star of this game however was Captain Gabriel Dumont. Registering two goals, he was an assist shy of the Gordie Howe hat-trick after dropping the gloves with David Dziurzynski. Dumont standing a mere 5-foot-10-inches stood in with the 6-foot-3-inch Dziurzynski Although mismatched, Dumont demonstrated once again why he’s the leader on this young team, a true demonstration of what it means to put your team first.
Game two was a similar story, but different result. The IceCaps once again took a lead, this time up 3-0 heading into the second period. The Senators took over in the second to pull it back to one, however that was as close as they would get as Zach Fucale held the fort.
There is no way to overplay how significant Fucale’s play was in this game. Encouraging for IceCaps and Habs fans alike, Fucale stopped 40 of 42 shots on goal for the win. Although he stopped 34 of 36 on Friday night, the game was never truly in reach on Friday, as opposed to this game which had a single goal differential through the entirety of the third period.
Additionally in Fucale’s debut he appeared shaky, at times giving up sloppy rebounds and was fortunate that the defence was able to clear the puck from the crease, however Wednesday night he just dominated. Looking calm and collected, Fucale is making an early case to take the reigns as the No. 1 guy in St. John’s after Dustin Tokarski lost on Tuesday night.
Fucale would be wise to emulate the poise and mindset as Carey Price. Over the next few years with the IceCaps, Fucale will have plenty of opportunity with coach Lefebvre to hone his physical and mental skillsets.
St. John’s is now off to a 4-1-1 start, and will have their hands full when they take on the 5-1-0 Bridgeport Soundtigers on Friday and Saturday night at Mile One Centre. This will be a reunion of sorts for Sebastien Collberg. The Islanders prospect was traded to the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek trade in 2014. He played two games with the Bulldogs in 2012-13 but went through a couple rookie camps with other Canadiens prospects now calling St. John’s home.
ST. JOHN’S, NL. — Besides being reporters, photographers and videographers, like you, we’re hockey fans. Passionate hockey fans. And we are very proud to welcome the entire Canadiens fanbase to our backyard. With the Montreal Canadiens moving their AHL affiliate to St. John’s, we are excited to introduce you to the city that Habs prospects will be calling home.
St. John’s is North America’s oldest city. The Capital of Newfoundland and Labrador calls the rocky shores of the Atlantic home, with a population of nearly 200,000 in the metro and surrounding areas. With almost half the province compressed into one area, it became a natural breeding ground for competitive sports and in turn, minor hockey structure which results in multiple organizations with hundreds of registrants every year.
This in itself is the first line of what drives hockey fans in Newfoundland and Labrador. Parents are accustomed to travelling between towns and cities for Tuesday night games or hours across the province for a tournament in Central Newfoundland. Likewise the children develop a love for the game at an early age and that love for the game becomes ingrained in the culture of what it means to be from this province.
Newfoundland and Labrador is such a diverse province, with such a large area and relatively small population you can drive for hours at times without seeing a gas stop, depending on which part of the province you’re in. These smaller outport communities that call rural Newfoundland and Labrador home rely on hockey, as a means of entertainment. Community pride is at stake, no matter the level of the players, from Novice to Senior, when a game is being played at the local rink you can guarantee to see more than just the parents of the players in the stands.
In St. John’s the culture remains, in recent years there has been an influx of out-port communities dwindling while their former inhabitants flock to St. John’s looking for steadier work or to attend post-secondary school. Although they find themselves in a larger city the passion for the sport still remains. This is where the IceCaps come in. The Maple Leafs came to St. John’s in 1991, it was the pride of the province for the better part of 15 years. Once they left there was a void left behind, and “Townies” as residents of the St. John’s area are so elegantly referred to, filled this void with minor hockey, senior hockey and our passion only grew for the sport.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are quite possibly the most friendly people you will meet in a country which is perceived as one of the friendliest in the world. Everyone is willing to have a conversation with a stranger, and certainly if it means recapping last nights IceCaps game. Danny Williams, former premier of the province, played a large role along with ex-Hamilton Bulldogs president Glenn Stanford, in bringing the AHL back to this province. We are forever thankful to both individuals and their organization for giving us back our pride of the province, and have repaid them in full through the passion we show for the organization.
St. John’s is a city of culture, and hockey is such a large part of what we know, if you ever visit to take in migration of the Humpback Whales, visit Cape Spear (North America’s most easterly point) or even take in an IceCaps game be sure to stop and have a chat with anyone you see on the streets, chances are they’ll have a story to tell.
But no matter where you are across the globe, you can be confident that our IceCaps Hockey Report team will be at the Mile One Centre for every home game bringing the most comprehensive coverage to the All Habs community.