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RECAP | Americans – IceCaps: Caps Dominate Early, Lose Heartbreaker

Friday December 11, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Bournival – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – De La Rose – Dumont
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Fournier – Miceli [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Bennett[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

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.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Zach Fucale

▼     Gabriel Dumont, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 39 Shots 28
0 for 6 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-7-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Americans (11-11-1-1) 0 1 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  De La Rose
  • RCH:  Varone (9), D’Amigo (4), Robak (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 7-3-2
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 6-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Nathan Lieuwen  RCH
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Phil Varone  RCH

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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Fucale Reassigned to IceCaps, Tokarski, Tinordi Back to Montreal

Tokarski and Tinordi recalled, Fucale reassigned to St. John’s
Sunday, 12.6.15 / 12:00pm ET

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MONTREAL — The Canadiens announced on Sunday that goaltender Zachary Fucale has been reassigned to St. John’s in the AHL, and that goaltender Dustin Tokarski and defenseman Jarred Tinordi have been recalled from the IceCaps.

Fucale was called up last Monday, November 30, and was Mike Condon’s back up for three games, although he did not see any ice time.

Tokarski went 0-1-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and 0.925 save percentage over his two-game stint in the AHL.

Tinordi was assigned to the IceCaps on November 26 for conditioning purposes, registering a pair of assists over six games with St. John’s.

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Centre Luke Pither Returned to Brampton Beast

IceCaps Release Pither from PTO
LUKE PITHER RECORDED THREE GAMES WITH ST. JOHN’S

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (December 6, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have released centre Luke Pither from a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

The 26-year-old Oshawa, Ont. native had an assist and four penalty minutes in three games with the IceCaps. He has collected five goals and five assists in 12 games this season with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. The six-foot, 194-pound pivot played his amateur hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm, Belleville Bulls and Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

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IceCaps Sign Centre Luke Pither to PTO

IceCaps sign Pither to PTO
LUKE PITHER SIGNED TO A 25-GAME PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT CONTRACT

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (December 1, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed centre Luke Pither to a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

The 26-year-old Oshawa, Ont. native has collected five goals and five assists in 12 games this season with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. The six-foot, 194-pound pivot played his amateur hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm, Belleville Bulls and Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

 

 

 

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Canadiens Recall Goaltender Zach Fucale

Fucale recalled by Canadiens
TOKARSKI ASSIGNED TO ICECAPS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

GM Marc Bergevin announced Monday that goaltender Zach Fucale has been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens.

Fucale, 20, is in his first professional season with the IceCaps. In 12 games, the Rosemere, QC native has compiled a 7-2-2 record with a 3.12 GAA and a .907 SV%.

In his last three contests, Fucale has posted a 1.91 GAA while stopping 100-of-106 shots for a .943 SV%.

The 6-2, 187 pound goaltender was drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall, by the Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In a corresponding move, goaltender Dustin Tokarski has been reassigned to St. John’s, who will play their next three games on Dec. 2. 4 and 5.

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IceCaps Return Luc-Olivier Blain to Brampton Beast

IceCaps Release Blain from PTO
LUC-OLIVIER BLAIN RETURNS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

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Luc Blain

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 29, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have released centre Luc-Olivier Blain from a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO) to the Brampton Beast (ECHL).

The 26-year-old Longeuil, Que. native went scoreless in two games with the IceCaps. Blain also collected four goals and four assists in 13 games this season with the Brampton Beast. The six-foot-three, 198-pound pivot played his amateur hockey with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL), Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUAA).

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Recap – IceCaps vs Americans: Extra Minutes Required for Sixth Straight Game

Friday November 27, 2015 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo by Micheline Veluvolu)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Carr
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Blain – Miceli[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Tinordi – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Bennett[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Coming into this game, the IceCaps had settled their last five consecutive games in overtime or a shootout.  This game in Rochester would follow that trend, adding a sixth game of extra minutes to the St. John’s streak.

It was the first of another six-game roadtrip for the IceCaps and the first period made them look tired and sluggish.  They spent most of the period pinned in their own end, only tallying five shots on goal.  Discipline became a factor once again as penalties started early.  Jarred Tinordi, sent down from Montreal for a conditioning stint, had two penalties on the night.

After the first intermission, the IceCaps found themselves down by a goal but seemed to find some energy. They turned the tables on the Americans, skating faster, getting shots on net, and drawing penalties.  Morgan Ellis tied things up and then the first line of Daniel Carr, Michael McCarron, and Charles Hudon turned on the jets.  They were strong in the crease, putting pressure on Rochester’s goaltender, and were rewarded with a power play goal for Carr and an even-strength goal for McCarron.

The IceCaps held onto their one goal lead for the remainder of the game, despite some close calls shut down by Zach Fucale.  It was a late goal by defenseman Colby Robak , however, that tied the game with 16 seconds remaining and eventually forcing overtime.

Extra time was pretty evenly played, with both goaltenders making some big saves. Hudon had a bad turnover which led to a two-man rush against him during which he broke his stick trying to defend the play.

No St. John’s shooters were able to score in the shootout, and just one goal by Jason Akeson for Rochester was all it took to finish this one.

▲     Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Mark Barberio

▼     Gabriel Dumont

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 31 Shots 35
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 6
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-3-2) 0 3 0 0 0 3
 Americans (9-5-1-1) 1 1 1 0 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (5), Carr (6), McCarron (9)
  • RCH:  Baptiste (3), Ruhwedel (2), Robak (3) Game-deciding goal: Akeson
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 6-3-1
  • RCH: Makarov 3-4-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Andrey Makarov   RCH
  2. Mark Barberio   STJ
  3. Chad Ruhwedel   RCH

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • not available for this game

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IceCaps Sign Centre Luc-Olivier Blain to PTO

IceCaps Sign Blain to PTO
LUC-OLIVIER BLAIN SIGNED TO 25-GAME PTO

Luc Blain
Luc Blain

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 26, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed centre Luc-Olivier Blain to a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

The 26-year-old Longeuil, Que. native has collected four goals and four assists in 13 games this season with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. The six-foot-three, 198-pound pivot played his amateur hockey with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL), Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUAA).

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Recap – Crunch vs. IceCaps: Overtime Required Yet Again!

Saturday November 21, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Thomas
Hudon – Dumont – Holloway
Gregoire – MacMillan – Fournier
McNally – Miceli[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Bennett – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout
Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Tokarski

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The IceCaps were taking on the Syracuse Crunch for the second consecutive night. On Friday the IceCaps skated to a 4-3 overtime victory. Player movement is an almost daily event in the AHL. In 24 hours since the previous night’s contest, forward Sven Andrighetto had been recalled by the Canadiens and Eddie Pasquale, Friday’s starter had been returned to the Brampton Beast.

The changes combined with a growing injury list left Sylvain Lefebvre with a patchwork lineup. The IceCaps head coach elected to go with just 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

There was also a change in goal. With Pasquale in Brampton and Dustin Tokarski returned to the fold, Lefebvre opted to start Zach Fucale. It was exactly one week since Fucale gave up eight goals in a 9-8 comeback win by the Toronto Marlies. It was his weakest start of Fucale’s short pro career.

This night would be a different story. In the first two periods with Syracuse dominating play, Fucale was sharp. The Crunch were outshooting St. John’s 27-15 after 40 minutes.

The two teams exchanged goals within a 66 second stretch finishing the second period in a 1-1 tie. Gabriel Dumont picked up his third of the season from Bud Holloway. It was the 20th point of the season for Holloway.

The IceCaps came out flying in the third period.  The top line of Mike McCarron, Daniel Carr and Christian Thomas were creating plenty of scoring chances. Shots on goal were 12-3 in the period for the IceCaps.

Overtime would not be kind to the IceCaps as Mark Barberio got caught on the ice for an extended shift. The Crunch goal was a rare mistake for Fucale who felt that it was a shot he should have stopped.

The IceCaps head out on the road for three games next weekend against the Rochester Americans and Toronto Marlies.

▲     Charles Hudon, Daniel Carr, Bud Holloway, Mike McCarron, Zach Fucale

▼     Mark Barberio

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 30 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-3-1) 0 1 0 0 1
 Crunch (8-5-1-1) 0 1 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (3)
  • SYR:  Tambellini (5), Taormina (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 6-2-1
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 4-2-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Matt Taormina   SYR
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Jeff Tambellini   SYR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “Knowing this guy and his character, I knew [Zach Fucale] would put in a good performance. He kept us in the game in the first period. It was good for him to get it done in a game like this and make some good saves.”
  • “I thought in the second period we tried to make too many plays that weren’t there. We forced plays, and as a result made some unforced errors. I just told them to head-man the puck, that when you see a white jersey, get him the puck. You’re tired with two games in two nights, so let the puck do the work.”

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IceCaps Split Series with Binghamton in St. John’s

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

(Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
(Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

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.