IceCaps Weekly Wrap | A Week of Redemption [VIDEO]

by Amy Johnson, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

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ST. JOHN’s, NL — Every Tuesday, IceCaps Hockey Report’s lead contributor, Amy Johnson, reviews the most recent action involving prospects of the Montreal Canadiens and what to expect from the St. John’s IceCaps in the week ahead.

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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Hitting Rock Bottom [VIDEO]

by Amy Johnson, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

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ST. JOHN’s, NL — Every Tuesday, IceCaps Hockey Report’s lead contributor, Amy Johnson, reviews the most recent action involving prospects of the Montreal Canadiens and what to expect from the St. John’s IceCaps in the week ahead.

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RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: Full Steam Ahead

Saturday January 23, 2016 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

St. John’s




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Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Scherbak
Andrighetto – Hudon – Eisenschmid
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Scott – MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Ellis – Dietz
Johnston – Didier[/one_half_last]



Scratches: Mac Bennett, Victor Bartley (day-to-day), Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (indefinite)

Game Report

While the blizzard impacting much of the eastern coast of the United States dumped massive amounts of snow just south of Albany, the IceCaps and Devils took to the ice at Times Union Center for a rematch of last night’s game.  St. John’s looked to continue their success from the previous game, and came out strong against Albany.

Eddie Pasquale and Scott Wedgewood were the two goaltenders protecting their respective nets, and they were the key to the game right off the bat.  Lucas Lessio had a couple of good chances on breakaways, but Wedgewood denied him each time.  The first line of Lessio, Michael McCarron, and Nikita Scherbak also drove hard to the net on a three-man rush, but Wedgewood stood strong against Scherbak’s shot.

Then in the second period, the IceCaps found a way past the opposing goalie.  Max Friberg slid a perfect pass over to Gabriel Dumont to get the visitors on the board.  The first line continued to impress, with multiple odd-man rushes which came close to adding to the goal tally.  Finally, on a power play, Charles Hudon and McCarron connected with Sven Andrighetto to make a 2-0 game.

Tempers flared and while there was only one actual fight, things got very tense on the ice at times.  Albany battled back, scoring a goal on the man advantage, but Pasquale and the entire team clamped down and held their lead to defeat the Devils once again.

The IceCaps next head to Portland, Maine for games against the Pirates on Wednesday and Friday before heading back to Connecticut to take on the Hartford Wolfpack on Saturday.

▲     Nikita Scherbak, Max Friberg, Lucas Lessio, Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale

 22 Shots 33
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 2
21 Penalty Minutes 23
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (18-14-6-3) 0  2 0 2
 Devils (23-10-6-0) 0  0  1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (12), Andrighetto (10)
  • ALB:  Mozik (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 6-3-2
  • ALB: Wedgewood (L) 6-2-2
 AHL Three Stars
  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  3. Dan Kelly  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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Recap – IceCaps vs Penguins: Learning to Play Sixty Minutes

Wednesday November 4, 2015 
Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

St. John’s




(Photo by KDP Studio)


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Thomas
Andrighetto – Hudon – Holloway
De la Rose – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – Eisenschmid – Fournier[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Pateryn
Ellis – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout[/one_half_last]



Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Mark MacMillan, Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon (shoulder)
Injured reserve:

Game Report

The IceCaps were facing one of the top teams in the AHL early this season. Coming into the game, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had lost just once, to go along with their seven wins.  After a strong start, St. John’s struggled at times to put together a sixty-minute game on the road trip.

On Wednesday night, the first period was played rather evenly. Shots on goal were 12-10 by the IceCaps with each team scoring once. Mike McCarron picked up his team leading sixth goal on the power-play.

Skipping ahead to the third period, the IceCaps were dominant, particularly the line of Daniel Carr – Mike McCarron – Christian Thomas who had 13 shots combined. St. John’s outshot the Penguins 21-5.

So that leaves the second period. The IceCaps finished the second frame well but in the first four minutes, Zach Fucale gave up three goals on three shots. It’s fair to say that Fucale would have liked two of the goals back.

At the 3:29 mark of the first period Sylvain Lefebvre made a change sending in backup Eddie Pasquale to relieve Fucale. In just over 23 minutes of work, Fucale gave up four goals on 13 shots.

The IceCaps are a young, speedy, talented team. But they have been prone to mistakes and mental lapses. And on this road trip, they have proven to be costly.

Greg Pateryn has joined the IceCaps for a two-week conditioning stint. Pateryn was on the ice for three of the Penguins goals finishing the game at minus-2. On the first Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal, Pateryn may have been guilty of trying to do too much. But he was physical and moved the puck well.

The IceCaps face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins once again on Friday with the finale to the road trip coming on Saturday against the Hershey Bears.

▲     Mike McCarron, Daniel Carr, Christian Thomas, Brett Lernout, Bud Holloway, Jacob De La Rose, Jeremy Gregoire

▼      Zach Fucale

 43 Shots 22
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
8 Penalty Minutes 8
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (6-4-1-1) 1 0 1 2
 Penguins (8-1-o-0) 1 4 0 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  McCarron (6), Thomas (5)
  • WBS:  Kuhnhackl (2), Rowney (3), Dea (3), Kuhnhackl (3), Warsofsky (1)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  4-2-0, Pasquale
  • WBS: Murray (W)  6-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
  1. Tom Kuhnhackl  WBS
  2. Jean-Sebastien Dea  WBS
  3. Will O’Neill  WBS

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “I thought we had a good first period, 1-1 after one. In the second period they scored one goal and then two and three. It happened fairly quick.”
  • “I thought that we responded a certain way in the second period and then we responded better in the third. Obviously when you are down 5-1 after two, it’s tough to get back from behind. But you never know what is going to happen. I thought we played really well in the third period, part of the second period too.”
  • “It’s a sixty minute game, you have to play sixty minutes. It doesn’t matter who it is. Whether it’s the goalie, the defensemen or forwards, you need to have all hands on deck for sixty minutes.”
  • “I’m sure that Zach (Fucale) would like to have a few of the goals back. It’s part of a learning process for a young goalie. He’s going to bounce back I’m sure, no doubt in my mind.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Bud Holloway

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Recap – Wild vs Bulldogs: Tinordi Scores But ‘Dogs Win Streak Ended by Iowa

Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club
(Photo by Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs (22-18-6) entered Friday’s contest on a six-game winning streak and they were looking to extend that streak to seven games with yet another game  against the Iowa Wild (17-29-2), the American Hockey League affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. But the Bulldogs could not muster up a win, and the Wild would take this one by a score of 5-3.

Game Rundown

The Bulldogs opened the scoring with four minutes to go in the first period, thanks to Daniel Carr who scored his tenth of the season after receiving a pass from Sven Andrighetto in front of Darcy Kuemper, beating him over the shoulder to make it 1-0.

The Carr goal would be the lone tally of the period and the Bulldogs would enter the intermission up 1-0.

In the second period, Jarred Tinordi extended the Bulldogs lead to 2-0 with a point shot right off the faceoff. That was his first goal of the 2014-15 AHL season.

Shortly after the Tinordi goal, the Wild got on the board with Jonathan Blum scoring from the slot, beating Bulldogs netminder Joey MacDonald.

With only two minutes to go in the middle frame, Zach Phillips scored for Iowa to tie the game, 2-2, beating MacDonald.  After two periods of play, the Bulldogs and Wild were tied 2-2.

Just a minute and 29 seconds into the final period, the Wild took a 3-2 lead with Brady Brassart sniping a shot, top corner past MacDonald.

At the 13:41 mark, Charles Hudon fed Carr with a nice pass down low, where he scored to tie the game.  It was Carr’s second goal of the game and 11th of the season.

Mid-way through the period, the Wild took their second lead of the game, with Kurtis Gabriel shooting the puck top corner right over MacDonald’s glove side. It was a goal MacDonald would like to have back but it was one of those nights.

The Wild sealed the deal with 58 seconds left scoring an empty net goal.

With this loss, it now ends the Bulldogs winning streak at six games. It was a nice run but the Bulldogs need to gear up for the weekend where they take on Lake Erie on Saturday and then the Wild again on Tuesday.

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Recap – Bulldogs vs Wild: Condon, Hensick Lead Dogs to Fifth Straight Win

Mike Condon stops 37 of 38 shots faced in victory

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

DES MOINES, IOWA – Hamilton Bulldogs forward T.J. Hensick scored two goals in the last seven minutes of the game to lift the ‘Dogs (21-17-6-0) past the Iowa Wild (15-28-1-1) 2-1 on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

The win was the Bulldogs’ fifth in a row, which is their longest winning streak this season. The last time Hamilton won five straight came between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 10, 2014, when the club won six consecutive games.


After a goaltending duel through the first 40 minutes which saw ‘Dogs goaltender Mike Condon and Wild netminder Darcy Kuemper turn aside a combined 39 shots, Iowa defenceman Guillaume Gelinas fired a one-timer over a sprawling Condon to break the scoreless tie on the power play at 8:23 of the third period. Forward Marc Hagel and defenceman Brad Richard had assists on the play.

With seven minutes to go in regulation, Hensick roofed a wrister over Kuemper in tight for his 11th goal of the season on the power play to tie the game, 1-1. Forwards Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto had assists.

Four minutes later, Hensick tipped a point shot by defenceman Darren Dietz past Kuemper for his team co-leading 12th goal of the year to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Forward Drayson Bowman had a second assist.

Condon made 37 saves on 38 shots for the Bulldogs in the win, while Kuemper stopped 27 of 29 shots faced for the Wild in the loss.

Hamilton went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Iowa was 1-for-4 with a man advantage.

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The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 31 when they’ll visit the Wild at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa at 1:30 p.m. The ‘Dogs return home on Friday, Feb. 6 when they’ll host the Wild at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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Recap – Bulldogs vs Marlies: Andrighetto with OT Winner As ‘Dogs Sweep Weekend Series

(Photo - Christian Bonin /
(Photo – Christian Bonin /

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent,  Bulldogs Hockey Report

TORONTO, ON — Just less than 24 hours after their Friday night win at FirstOntario Centre, the Hamilton Bulldogs travelled down the QEW to Toronto to take on the Marlies at the Ricoh Coliseum for the rivals back-to-back weekend. The Bulldogs shutout the Marlies on Friday on First Responders Night and, of course, the North American pro debut of highly touted Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, William Nylander. Hamilton spoiled the night for Nylander and the Marlies in front of 10,451 fans at a packed arena.

On Saturday afternoon in Toronto, the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-3 overtime win.

The first period at Ricoh after twenty-minutes of play would see a tie game. Unlike Friday’s game in Hamilton at the FirstOntario Centre, there were two goals in the opening frame and it didn’t take long after puck drop.  Just a couple of minutes after the game began, the Bulldogs struck first with Drayson Bowman scoring his seventh of the season. Bowman received a really nice pass from Mac Bennett, sending him towards the net and beating Antoine Bibeau on the blocker side.

But the Bulldogs would not keep their 1-0 lead for long. Forward Brandon Kozun tied the game for the Toronto Marlies on a nice pass from Spencer Abbott in front of Mike Condon, tipping the shot and beating the Bulldogs netminder five-hole.

Just after the Kozun goal that tied the game, Carter Ashton bumped into Condon.  The goal was waived off and Ashton went to the box for the minor penalty. The remainder of the period saw the Bulldogs have a short two-man advantage on the power-play but the ‘Dogs did not capitalize.

Ashton gave the Marlies a quick 2-1 lead just 22 seconds after puck drop to open the second period. The Bulldogs found themselves down by two goals thanks to Matt Finn who scored his first AHL career goal giving Toronto a 3-1 edge.

Maxime Macenauer cut the Marlies lead with a deflection in front, beating Bibeau high blocker side. Gabriel Dumont tied the game for the Bulldogs at the 9:44 mark in the third period with a shot that beat Bibeau, five-hole.

Sixty minutes was not be enough to decide the game, overtime was required!  It didn’t take long for the game to end in the extra period, as Hamilton’s Sven Andrighetto scored to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 win and a sweep in the home-and-home against the Marlies.

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Recap – Bulldogs Drop Third Straight, Fall 4-1 to Admirals

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(Photo by Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)


By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report – Twitter @Dale_Bulldogs

HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs  kicked off their second half of the 2014-15 American Hockey League regular season at the FirstOntario Centre in front of 2,125 fans in a rare Wednesday night game that resulted in their third straight loss on home ice.

The Admirals opened the scoring at FirstOntario Centre after Triston Grant attempted to pass the puck in front of the Bulldogs net for a teammate, but instead defenceman Darren Dietz accidentally scored on his own net after the puck deflected off his skate and in past Mike Condon.

Jacob De La Rose was called for a holding penalty giving the Admirals a good chance to extend their lead by two goals. And they did just that.

On the power-play with 3:35 to go in the period, Milwaukee went up 2-0 thanks to Austin Watson who shot the puck into an open net beating Condon on the blocker side.

But the Bulldogs luck turned with a couple minutes left in the period.

The Bulldogs got a nice power-play opportunity shortly after the Admirals second goal of the game, with Felix Girard going to the box for tripping. But the ‘Dogs continued their struggles on the man advantage, and did not get on the scoreboard in hopes of cutting the Admirals lead in half.

But just as the Bulldogs power-play ended, Daniel Carr blasted a shot from the point beating Magnus Hellberg five-hole to make it a 2-1 Admirals heading into the first intermission.

The middle frame was a very fast-paced period which saw only one penalty, and that would go to Milwaukee’s Girard for interference. But the Bulldogs still trailed the Admirals 2-1 despite only four shots on net.  Condon had to stop eight for Hamilton, after the Bulldogs made some cough ups in their own zone, giving the Admirals quality scoring chances.

Unlike the second period, the third would get off to a more interesting start with the Admirals extending their lead to 3-1 with Zach Budish scoring an odd goal in front after the puck bounced up and off of Condon and in.

Midway through the period, Darren Dietz deked his way through the Ads’ defenders tucking away the puck past Hellberg but was waived off as the goaltender was pushed into the net.

The Bulldogs pulled Condon and would have the extra attacker out there to help the ‘Dogs offense get back into the game, but they were not successful with the Admirals netting an empty net goal.

Next Game 

The Bulldogs continue their season long seven game homestand on Friday as they host the Grand Rapid Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Lindback Shines as Bulldogs Fall to Stars in OT

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report


HAMILTON, ONT — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered this afternoon’s contest having won their last on Saturday in Toronto to division rivals Marlies by a score of 4-2. Hamilton had 24 points in the North Division, which was good enough for third place, with a record of 11-10-2. But tonight, the Bulldogs fell to the Texas Stars in overtime by a score of 2-1.



The first period saw a lone goal come from the Texas Stars on the power-play. Scott Glennie scored his second goal of the 2014-15 AHL season after tapping away the loose puck in front of the Bulldogs net.

Hamilton’s goaltender Mike Condon made a huge cross-crease save in the final minutes of the first period on a Stars’ 2-on-1 break.

As the buzzer sounded after the first twenty minutes of play, the Stars led the Bulldogs 1-0. It was an entertaining period, with end-to-end action, but the Bulldogs still struggled on the power-play, as they could not convert on two opportunities. They were a little sloppy to start, with multiple turnovers, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt as they were playing their third game in three nights. The third game is always the toughest.


The second period saw no scoring. There were, however, multiple chances for both teams but the goaltenders would make the saves. The Bulldogs had two more power-play opportunities, but they failed to convert, again. They spent most of the time trying to enter the zone, and when they entered it, they struggled to stay there.

After forty minutes of play, the Stars led 1-0.


The first half of the third period featured a few solid chances for the Bulldogs to get on the board and tie the game, but Stars netminder Anders Lindback was the game changer. At the other end, Condon made more saves that would keep the ‘Dogs within reach.

Gabriel Dumont got a nice breakaway chance, but was denied and a Stars defenceman collided with Lindback. And then around the twelve minute mark, Charles Hudon wristed shot the puck right off the post. Close call. Just about tied the game.

With only 1:32 left in the third period, T.J. Hensick fired a one-timer past Lindback that went top shelf. Really nice goal on a wicked shot.

Sixty minutes would not be enough, off to overtime we go!


It took about five minutes for the game to end.

Texas won the game with a goal coming from Maxime Fortunus who would sneak one by Condon.

Who was in, who was out? 

Hamilton: Magnus Nygren, Connor Crisp.

Texas: Mike Dalhuison, Justin Dowling, Kevin Henderson, Connor Hardowa.

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Recap – 3 Stars, Highlights, Summary: Aggressive Bulldogs Take Mary’s Cup

Preseason  Game 3  Away game 3  |  Sunday October 5, 2014 | Bulldogs win Mary’s Cup series 2-1!


 Game Recap:

On Sunday, the Winnipeg Jets acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Montreal Canadiens. The trade also included two players participating in the Mary’s Cup meaning forwards Patrick Holland and Eric Tangradi had to switch dressing rooms just prior to the game. Tangradi wore No. 45 in his first game for Hamilton.

The Bulldogs took advantage of offensive zone pressure after the expiration of a powerplay to get on the board first with a goal from defenceman Joe Finley at the 9:14 mark of the first period.

The penalty-killers were put to work in the second period as the Dogs ran into penalty trouble.  Bulldogs goaltender Joey MacDonald and his IceCaps counterpart, Connor Hellebuyck, ensured that just one goal was on the scoreboard after 40 minutes.

The strong play of both goalies continued in the third period. Daniel Carr gave the Bulldogs some breathing room with a goal midway in the third frame. Less than a minute later Riley Brace notched a shorthanded goal. Brace added an empty-netter to seal the win and the series victory in St. John’s.

Plus / Minus

▲   Daniel Carr, Joey MacDonald, Riley Brace, Mac Bennett

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 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Hamilton Bulldogs 1 0 3 4
 St. John’s IceCaps 0 0 0 0

Goal Scorers:
HAM  Joe Finley, Daniel Carr, Riley Brace (2)
HAM Joey MacDonald  (W)
STJ Connor Hellebuyck  (L)

Shots on Goal:

 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Hamilton Bulldogs 10 9 12 31
  St. John’s IceCaps 7 6 9 22

 AHL Three Stars
  1. Daniel Carr  HAM  (one goal)
  2. Joey MacDonald  HAM  (shutout, 22 saves)
  3. Connor Hellebuyck  STJ  (27 saves)
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