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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Still Winless in the Homestand

Saturday January 16, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-6

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Andrighetto – Hudon – Scherbak
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Lessio – MacMillan – Eisenschmid [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, John Scott, Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The IceCaps haven’t had a good run of things at home this week, losing all four games they’ve played at Mile One Centre since returning from their last road trip.  Tonight’s game needed to be successful, especially given the roster and line combo upheaval the IceCaps and their parent team, the Montreal Canadiens, had experienced during the previous 24 hours.

To recap the roster moves and trades, Jacob de la Rose was recalled to the Montreal Canadiens, Daniel Carr and Sven Andrighetto were reassigned to the IceCaps, Brandon McNally was reassigned to the Brampton Beast, the Canadiens traded Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier to Arizona in exchange for John Scott and Victor Bartley, and Eric Neilson was released from his PTO.  Bartley stayed with Montreal, but Scott is due to report to the IceCaps on Sunday.  Nikita Scherbak came back from injury for this game, and Ryan Johnston made his pro debut coming off IR from back surgery.

Less than a minute into the game Eddie Pasquale gave up a goal on the the Marlies’ first shot on goal, by Brendan Leipsic.  It was soon followed by another one and St. John’s found themselves down 2-0.  The reunited first line of Carr, Michael McCarron, and Bud Holloway rediscovered their chemistry pretty quickly, though, and connected to give Holloway the first IceCaps goal of the night.  Less than 60 seconds later Charles Hudon fires a laser through Antoine Bibeau and the game was tied 2-2.

But before the end of the first period, Leipsic would find the back of the net again, as would Nikita Soshnikov.  Pasquale was pulled from net again, and the IceCaps looked to find an answer that simply wouldn’t surface.  Discipline proved to be a problem as the game wore on, with St. John’s taking six consecutive minor penalties through the first and second periods alone.

Leipsic would add insult to injury in the second period by earning himself a hat trick. Another Toronto goal after that proved to be an insurmountable comeback for the IceCaps even with a late game goal by Carr.  The IceCaps face the Marlies again on Sunday for a matinee game at Mile One.

▲     Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway, Michael McCarron

▼     Eddie Pasquale, Brett Lernout

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 33 Shots 21
0 for 2 Power Play 2 for 8
26 Penalty Minutes 16
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-14-5-3) 2 0 1 3
 Marlies (31-7-2-0) 4 1 1 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (11), Hudon (12), Carr (9)
  • TOR:  Leipsic (9), Rupert (6), Soshnikov (13), Leipsic (10), Leipsic (11), Findlay (1)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 5-3-2
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 13-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brendan Leipsic  TOR
  2. TJ Brennan  TOR
  3. Daniel Carr  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “(Need to improve) the execution, reads, the better choice of plays. Sometimes tonight we forced plays a little too much.”
  • “We skated yesterday. You know the first period I thought we came out pretty good, then the second period we seemed to be flat.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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TRADE | Canadiens Acquire Scott and Bartley from Coyotes

Canadiens deal Tinordi and IceCap Fournier to Coyotes
JOHN SCOTT TO JOIN ICECAPS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Victor Bartley and forward John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and IceCaps forward Stefan Fournier. Scott will join the IceCaps.

Bartley, 27, appeared in one game with Nashville this season, totaling two hits and five blocked shots. He added one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. The 6’0’’ and 215 lb defenseman has posted 23 points (1 goal, 22 assists), 55 penalty minutes and a +2 differential in 112 career regular season games in the NHL. In 162 career games in the AHL, Bartley has collected 68 points (18 goals, 50 assists) and 121 penalty minutes.

A native of Ottawa, Bartley, acquired earlier today by the Coyotes, first joined the Predators on May 24, 2011 as a free agent. A product of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats, he recorded 168 points (36 goals, 132 assists) in 336 games at the junior level.

Scott, 33, has registered one assist, 20 hits and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games thus far this season with Arizona. The 6’8’’ and 260 lb forward has posted 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) and 542 penalty minutes in 285 career regular season games with the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Coyotes.

A native of Edmonton, Scott joined the Coyotes on July 10, 2015 as a free agent. A product of the WCHA’s Michigan Tech Huskies, he totaled 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 126 games at the collegiate level.

The 23-year old Jarred Tinordi registered five penalty minutes in three games with the Canadiens thus far this season. He also added two assists in six games with the IceCaps. The Burnsville, Minnesota native was the Canadiens’ first round pick, 22nd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year old Stefan Fournier produced seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 24 games with St. John’s thus far this season. The Dorval, Quebec native added one assist and 19 penalty minutes in five games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. Fournier first signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 6, 2013.

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RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: Heading Home With a Win

Saturday January 2, 2016 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-1

COMETS
Utica

(Photo by Utica Comets)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Dumont
MacMillan – Eisenschmid – Fournier
McNally – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Fucale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Michael McCarron (throat), Tim Bozon (undisclosed), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

It was a must-win night for Sylvain Lefebvre’s IceCaps. After dropping the last two games to teams near the bottom of the standings, St. John’s needed to get back to winning ways before heading home – and they did it with style.

Lucas Lessio opened the scoring just 1:32 into the game with an unassisted goal.  Just about three minutes later, Jeremy Gregoire received a perfectly placed pass from Markus Eisenschmid to out the IceCaps up 2-0.  The Comets thought they had gotten one of those goals ba k, but the officials ruled it a no-goal due to being hit with a high stick. They did, however, finally get on the board halfway through the first period.

(Photo by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)
(Photo by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)

Josiah Didier took quite a beating in this game, seemingly skating with a target on his back. He was the recipient of quite a few hard hits, with two of them nasty enough to warrant Stefan Fournier and Mac Bennett dropping their gloves in Didier’s defense.

Dustin Tokarski looked sharp in net, allowing only one goal on 27 shots.  The second period was relatively evenly played, but Brandon McNally added to the IceCaps tally early in the third with his first goal of the season.  It was a decisive win for a team looking to continue the momentum on their next home stand.

The IceCaps return to St. John’s and will prepare to host the Portland Pirates on Friday.

▲     Josiah Didier, Markus Eisenschmid, Dustin Tokarski, Morgan Ellis

▼     Lucas Lessio, Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 15 Shots 27
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
18 Penalty Minutes 16
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-9-5-3) 2 0 1 3
 Comets (16-12-3-2) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Lessio (9), Gregoire (3), McNally (1)
  • UTI:  LaBate (2)
  • STJ: Tokarski (W) 3-3-4
  • UTI: Bachman (L) 6-6-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Dustin Tokarski   STJ
  2. Jeremy Gregoire   STJ
  3. Joseph LaBate  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We stayed poised, we stayed in control and we kept playing.”
  • “We had better sticks on the forecheck, we spent less time in our D-zone because we had better positioning and better sticks.”
  • “When you have good games like that from the support cast, it shows that it’s a team effort.”

Comets coach Travis Green (speaking to the Utica Observer-Dispatch)

  • “It was a tough loss. I thought we played a pretty good hockey game. (St. John’s is) a good team. They’re really fast. They’re in the top part of the standings for a reason.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Morgan Ellis

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RECAP | IceCaps – Senators: Almost a Comeback, But Not Quite

Thursday December 31, 2015 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-3

SENATORS
Binghamton

(Photo by JustSports Photography)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Andrighetto
MacMillan – Dumont – Fournier
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Tokarski

Scratches: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Michael McCarron (throat), Tim Bozon, Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The most memorable moments of the night both came from Bud Holloway: a desperation skate save in the dying minutes of the game with the IceCaps net empty and a kiss that he planted on the helmet of linemate Charles Hudon when the Kiss Cam featured the duo on the score clock during a stoppage of play.

It was that kind of night.

The Senators took advantage of an IceCaps team who got into Binghamton in the wee hours of the morning. The BSens came out of the gate strong scoring just 1:20 into the opening frame. The Senators went up by two on their first power-play of the game seven minutes into the game.

To say the game was physical is putting it mildly. Chippy play, scrums after whistles, and multiple scraps between Stefan Fournier and Guillaume Lepine. Finally, late in the second period, the IceCaps began to show some life after Sven Andrighetto and Fournier each potted a goal.

The momentum had seemingly swung in the visiting team’s direction, but they couldn’t fully surmount a comeback to tie the game. Zach Fucale held off the Binghamton offense through the final horn, but the Senators were able to edge out the IceCaps 3-2.

The IceCaps will start the new year and complete their road trip on Saturday when they meet the Utica Comets.

▲     Mark MacMillan, Jacob de la Rose, Sven Andrighetto

▼     Mark Barberio, Michael Bournival

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 33 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 1 for 2
13 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (15-9-5-3) 0 2 0 2
 Senators (11-17-2-0) 2 1 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Andrighetto (7), Fournier (5)
  • BNG:  Robinson (5), O’Dell (12), Lindberg (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 8-5-2
  • BNG: Driedger (W) 8-6-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eric O’Dell  BNG
  2. Cole Schneider   BNG
  3. Stefan Fournier  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “They work hard, especially in their building, you know, they’re tough to play against. They’re big, they’re strong, they forecheck hard, they protect the puck well.”
  • “I thought that we showed some character to at least put ourselves in a situation where we have ourselves a chance to win.”
  • “I like his game. [Sven Andrighetto] showed some speed and showed some aggressiveness on the forecheck.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Lucas Lessio

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RECAP | Americans – IceCaps: Another Early Lead Disappears in OT Loss

Saturday December 12, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

After a disappointing loss to the Rochester Americans last night, the IceCaps looked to right the ship when they faced the Amerks again tonight.  Shots on goal were kept on more of an even keel this night, until the third period when the IceCaps seemed to run out of gas.

The opening frame was played quietly in terms of offense, but the penalty box was active during the first 20 minutes yet again.  Mark Barberio, Angelo Miceli, and Brett Lernout all found themselves serving minors.

Captain Gabriel Dumont got the home team on the board first, assisted by Jeremy Gregoire and Jacob de la Rose.  That’s points in two consecutive games for JDLR after returning from injury.  The Amerks and IceCaps then traded a couple of goals, with Stefan Fournier scoring for St. John’s.

The third period was all Rochester.  The IceCaps were pinned in their own zone for minutes at a time, eventually resulting in a game-tying goal by Tim Schaller which would end up forcing overtime.  The top line of Miceli, Mike McCarron, and Bud Holloway started the 3-on-3 OT, but Jason Akeson sniped the puck past Pasquale just over a minute into the extra minutes.

The IceCaps return to the ice on Tuesday night when the Albany Devils come to St. John’s for a back-to-back series.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Eddie Pasquale, Stefan Fournier

▼     Angelo Miceli, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 28 Shots 35
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-8-4-2) 0 1 1 0 2
 Americans (12-11-1-1) 0 2 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (6), Fournier (4)
  • RCH:  Leduc (3), Schaller (2), Akeson (5)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 3-1-2
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 7-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jason Akeson  RCH
  2. Tim Schaller   RCH
  3. Eddie Pasquale  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Devils: Tokarski, Tinordi Stand Out in Albany

Wednesday December 2, 2015 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Michael P. Farrell)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Pither – Miceli – Dietz[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mark Barberio (undisclosed), 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, looking to continue their win streak, started off tonight’s game in Albany with seven shots on goal in the first period.  It would be the highest number of shots on goal for St. John’s in any period for the rest of the game.  After a fairly uneventful opening 10 minutes, Michael McCarron got called for a boarding penalty which led to a quick power play goal by the Devils.

20 seconds later, Gabriel Dumont responded with a goal of his own to even the score, assisted by Joel Hanley and Stefan Fournier.  Not long after that, Jeremy Gregoire and Corey Tropp dropped the gloves for a spirited fight.

But it was a hard hit to the head on Jeremy Gregoire in the second period that sent Dan Kelly to the dressing room for the night with a match penalty.  Gregoire eventually made his way off the ice under his own power, albeit very bloodied.

The Devils peppered Dustin Tokarski all night long. Tokarski, down from the Habs on a conditioning stint, responded well after shaking off some the rust from not playing in Montreal yet this season.  He had some key saves during the game and especially in overtime.

Outshot 38-18 by the Albany Devils, the IceCaps couldn’t get out of their own zone long enough to get the game winner before Paul Thompson found an opening short side to end the game.  Also down for a conditioning stint is Jarred Tinordi, who played exceptionally well throughout the game.

The IceCaps have now earned points in nine straight games.

▲     Charles Hudon, Jarred Tinordi, Gabriel Dumont, Dustin Tokarski

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 18 Shots 38
0 for 5 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 21
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (11-5-4-2) 1 0 0 0 1
 Devils (13-4-3-0) 1 0 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (5)
  • ALB:  Sislo (12), Thompson (6)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 2-2-3
  • ALB: Danis (W) 12-2-3
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Paul Thompson   ALB
  2. Dustin Tokarski   STJ
  3. Marc-Andre Gragnani   ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “If you ask [Gabriel Dumont] if he wants that puck again, he could have won it for us. (Yann) Danis made a couple of good saves. Overtime can go either way.”
  • “They have good special teams. They showed that again tonight. For us to get a point here on the road, it’s a big point for us.”

 

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: Goals Flow at ACC for Road WIn

Saturday November 28, 2015 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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6-2

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo by Graig Abel)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Darren Dietz, Mark Barberio (undisclosed), 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 St. John’s IceCaps had a strong start to this game, with Charles Hudon streaking down the left wing past the Marlies’ defenseman to rip a shot high on Antoine Bibeau. The Marlies goalie made a strong glove save, and not too long after that, stood tall once again when Gabriel Dumont got close.

Just over two minutes into the game Josiah Didier took an interference penalty, which was successfully killed off.  As the period rolled on, Didier became more engaged, playing well defensively and jumping in on the rush. On a hooking penalty by Brendan Leipsic, Stefan Fournier took advantage of a William Nylander turnover and roofed a shot over Bibeau’s shoulder to give the IceCaps a 1-o lead.

Penalties came back to haunt the IceCaps once again.  Mac Bennett got called for high sticking and the Marlies took advantage as Leipsic roofed a shot over Eddie Pasquale to tie the game.

Late in the second period, Dumont pulled a nice toe drag around Stuart Percy and shot the puck from a tight angle on Bibeau to give his team a 2-1 lead. The lead lasted just over a minute as Sam Carrick passed it back to Andrew Campbell at the blueline, whose shot was tipped in the high slot by Matt Frattin.  Stefan Fournier gave his team a 3-2 lead before the period expired.

Hudon ripped a slapshot home just 52 seconds into the third period while on the power play. With Pasquale standing tall in the St. John’s net, the goal scoring continued to open up for the visiting team.  Carr made a fantastic backhand feed to Hudon, and finally, with 25 seconds left on the clock, Michael McCarron passed to Dumont who got the puck to Carr for an empty net goal, sealing a fairly dominant 6-2 win over the Marlies.

Game notes by Chris Hatzitolios

▲     Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Charles Hudon, Gabriel Dumont, Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 28 Shots 35
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 6
14 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (10-5-3-2) 1 2 3 6
 Marlies (15-4-1-0) 1 1 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Fournier (2), Dumont (4), Fournier (3), Hudon (8), Hudon (9), Carr (7)
  • TOR:  Leipsic (4), Frattin (4)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 2-1-1
  • TOR: Bibeau (L) 6-2-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Stefan Fournier   STJ
  2. Charles Hudon   STJ
  3. Gabriel Dumont   STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “I thought we played great, we played a really good team game, we played sound defensively, it was a big team effort.”
  • “Obviously there were some things we needed to be better at, keeping the lead in the third period was a big thing for us, we didn’t last night, they scored with 17 seconds.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Jarred Tinordi

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Recap – Crunch vs IceCaps: Andrighetto Scores OT Winner

Friday November 20, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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4-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

Stefan Fournier (Photo by Julia Price | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Barberio – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Thrower – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

The IceCaps came out strong Friday night when they took to the Mile One ice against the Syracuse Crunch.  They skated hard, maintained pressure, and kept the Crunch on a defensive stance.  But discipline soon became an issue once again, with two minor penalties going against St. John’s in the first period alone.

Neither team found the back of the net in that opening frame, but Sven Andrighetto potted a power play goal just a few minutes into the second period, his fifth of the season.  Stefan Fournier followed that with an even-strength goal just a minute and a half later and the IceCaps looked to have the dominant momentum.

Then came more penalties, five total for the IceCaps on the night, and Syracuse started to wear down the home team.  The latter portion of the second period and the entirety of the third were slow and sloppy for the IceCaps as the two teams traded goals back and forth.

An ill-timed penalty against Mike McCarron late in the third provided an opening for the game tying Syracuse goal, and for the third consecutive game the IceCaps headed to overtime.  It took less than a minute for Andrighetto to end the evening the same way he started it, clinching the OT win for his team.

Immediately after the game Andrighetto was called up to the Montreal Canadiens ahead of their Sunday night game against the New York Islanders, while goaltender Eddie Pasquale was reassigned to the Brampton Beast.

The IceCaps return to Mile One tonight for the second game of their back-to-back against Syracuse.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Sven Andrighetto, Gabriel Dumont, Mark MacMillan

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 28 Shots 47
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-2-1) 0 2 1 1 4
 Crunch (7-5-1-1) 0 1 2 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Andrighetto (5), Fournier (1), Gregoire (2), Andrighetto (6)
  • SYR:  Ikonen (1), McGinn (2), Gourde (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 1-1-1
  • SYR: Wilcox (L) 2-2-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  2. Eddie Pasquale STJ
  3. Tye McGinn SYR

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IceCaps Recall Forward Stefan Fournier from Beast

Fournier Reassigned to IceCaps
RIGHT-WINGER STEFAN FOURNIER RETURNS TO ICECAPS LINEUP

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 2, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned right-winger Stefan Fournier to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Goaltender Eddie Pasquale was also reassigned from Brampton.

The six-foot-three, 220-pounder from Montreal was scoreless in four games with the Beast but collected 19 penalty minutes. He has not dressed for the IceCaps so far this season. Fournier is in the final year of a three-year NHL entry level contract.

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Habs Prospects Bolster ECHL Brampton Beast

Stefan Fournier (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)
Stefan Fournier (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)

BRAMPTON, ON — On May 28, 2105, the Brampton Beast of the ECHL, announced that the Montreal Canadiens and the St. John’s IceCaps would be their NHL and AHL affiliates respectively. On October 16th, the Beast began their second season in the ECHL, the first as a partner of the Canadiens organization. The Beast have started the season with a record of 0-4-1 through their first five games.

The Brampton Beast have six Habs prospects on their roster with Stefan Fournier and Mark MacMillan signed to contracts by the Canadiens. MacMillan was inked to a two-year entry-level contract by GM Marc Bergevin on April 12, 2015.

Travis Brown, Angelo Miceli, Eddie Pasquale and Josiah Didier are all signed to AHL deals (one-year, two-way) by the St. John’s IceCaps.

Angelo Miceli – Center (3 GP, 1 G, 1 A)

Angelo Miceli was a star for the Canadiens at both of the development camp and their rookie camp back in September, shortly after the rookie camp, Miceli was signed by the St.John’s IceCaps to an AHL/ECHL deal. Miceli scored his first professional goal in his second career AHL game. After the IceCaps third game, he was assigned to the Brampton Beast where he would be getting more ice-time and being able to work on his game more with this being his first professional season.

You can find my feature on Beast forward Angelo Miceli here.

Mark MacMillan – Right Wing/Center ( 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A)

Mark MacMillan was the Montreal Canadiens 4th round pick from the 2010 NHL draft. MacMillan played with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs in his draft year, upon being drafted, MacMillan spent the next four seasons at the University of North Dakota. During MacMillan’s time at the University of North Dakota, he won and was nominated for several athletes, along with being named an Assistant Captain in his final season which was cut short due to an injury. MacMillan is a 6’0 versatile forward who is now looking to make an impact in his first professional season. He has only played in 2 of the 4 Brampton Beast games so far this season but he will figure in more and as he adjusts to the professional game, points will come.

Josiah Didier – Defenceman ( 2 GP, 1 G, 1 A) 

The Littleton, Colorado native was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens, he played for the University of Denver for 4 years before playing 8 games for the Canadiens former AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, he notched 1 point in those games. Didier stands at 6’3 and weighs 218 pounds. So far the hulking rearguard has 2 points in 2 games with the Beast. Didier is your typical defensive defenceman, he plays physical, he excels at blocking shots and playing on the penalty kill.

Stefan Fournier – Right Wing (2 GP, 0 G, 0 A)

Stefan Fournier was signed as a free agent by general manager Marc Bergevin on July 6th, 2013, he was signed to a standard three-year entry-level deal by the Canadiens. Now in the final year of his ELC, Fournier looks to impress Canadiens management by having a strong start to the season in the ECHL, he will be getting lots of ice-time to produce in Brampton. He is a big body who isn’t afraid to hit and play a physical game. If Fournier doesn’t produce this season, this may be his only shot with the Canadiens organization.

Travis Brown – Defenceman (4 GP, 2 G, 0 A)

Travis Brown was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as a 5th round pick in the 2012 NHL draft. In August of 2015, Brown signed an AHL/ECHL deal with the St.John’s IceCaps, the same deal Angelo Miceli signed. Brown has had a strong start to the season for the Beast, he has notched 2 goals in 4 games, even though he is a minus-1 on the season. Brown is a product out of the WHL, he split time through 4 seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Victoria Royals, he had very good junior numbers as well. Brown was also one of the prospects the Montreal Canadiens had at the rookie tournament, Brown will see more ice time in Brampton and has time to better his game, he is a good addition to the Beast who figure to be competitive this season.

Edward Pasquale – Goalie (Record 0-2-1, 4.42 GAA, .866 sv%)

Edward Pasquale is a 25 year old goalie who has spent most of his professional career with the St.John’s IceCaps. Pasquale has posted better numbers in the AHL then he has the ECHL however he was the goalie that was sent to the Beast in favor of Zach Fucale and Dustin Tokarski splitting time with the IceCaps. Pasquale was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers-now-Winnipeg Jets franchise in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL entry draft. Pasquale is set to get the brunt of the starts with the Beast this season.

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The Brampton Beast hope to have a competitive season as it is their first as an NHL affiliate. The 6 Canadiens prospects look to be a big part in the Beast’s success this season. For anyone wanting to check up on how the Canadiens organization prospects are doing, Beast games are always a good time and now with some potential NHLers in the fold, there shouldn’t be a reason not to go if you’re in the area. Angelo Miceli and the Brampton Beast play next on Friday October 30, 2015 against the Tolledo Walleye at 7:15 pm.