[one_half_last]Parisi – Didier
Scott – Ellis
Bennett – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Shane Bakker, Charles Hudon, Christopher Joyaux, Eddie Pasquale, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)
There’s not much more to say about this game other than that it was a complete meltdown for the IceCaps. Ben Scrivens made his St. John’s debut in net and it was not a good night for him or the team in front of him.
The IceCaps found themselves down 3-0 in the first period, and yet again their power play unit couldn’t convert any of the five man advantages opportunities they were given. Jay Rosehill got a match penalty for a dangerous hit to the head on Josiah Didier which sent Didier violently into the glass. He got right up, however, and continued play.
The rest of the game was more of the same with Martin Ouellette having another outstanding game, for being essentially the Phantoms’ third-string goaltender. Cole Bardreau scored a soft shorthanded goal in the third period to put the IceCaps away for good.
The IceCaps continue their homestand next weekend when the Utica Comets come to town.
Zachary Fucale named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
ROOKIE NETMINDER RECORDS FIRST PRO SHUTOUT
St. John’s IceCaps Media Release
SPRINGFIELD, MA — The American Hockey League announced today that St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Zachary Fucale has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 14, 2016.
Fucale won each of his three starts last week while stopping 107 of 111 shots, good for a 1.32 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.
St. John’s was outshot by a combined total of 111-60 in Fucale’s three outings but put together its first three-game winning streak of the season thanks to the rookie goaltender’s efforts. Fucale began the week by earning the first shutout of his professional career, a 39-save performance in the IceCaps’ 4-0 win over Syracuse on Tuesday. He came back the next night and made 36 stops as St. John’s defeated the Crunch in overtime, 4-3. And on Saturday night, Fucale shut down the league-leading Toronto Marlies, making 32 saves in a 3-1 victory.
A second-round choice (36th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Fucale has improved to 13-11-3 with a 3.05 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 30 appearances for St. John’s this season. The 20-year-old rookie from Rosemere, Que., won a Memorial Cup championship with Halifax (QMJHL) in 2013 and a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships.
In recognition of his achievement, Fucale will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming IceCaps home game.
Scratches: Mac Bennett, Brendan McNally, Dalton Thrower, John Scott, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
The IceCaps needed a win. They came into tonight’s game having lost their last five consecutive matchups, and only having won three of their last 14 games. Something needed to change before desperation set in.
It didn’t bode well when St. John’s took a high sticking penalty just 30 seconds into the opening frame. Syracuse, fortunately, didn’t convert their power play opportunity. Nikita Scherbak potted his fourth of the season to open the scoring, a power play tally assisted by Gabriel Dumont and Bud Holloway.
Zach Fucale had a strong game throughout the night, making a couple of highlight reel saves to keep the Crunch at bay. In the second period, Michael McCarron snapped his 17-game goalless streak with a power play goal of his own, assisted by Morgan Ellis and Holloway.
Discipline was key for the IceCaps, as they maintained their composure and only took three penalties total. Despite the fact that it took almost 17 minutes for the IceCaps to get a shot on goal in the third period, Ellis would make it count and blasted one in from the faceoff circle. Dumont potted an empty-netter to shut the door completely at the end of regulation. It marked Fucale’s first professional shutout.
The IceCaps face the Crunch once again on Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.
▲ Bud Holloway, Zach Fucale, Nikita Scherbak, Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron