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Recap – IceCaps vs Penguins: Baby Habs Battle Pens But Come Up Short

Friday November 6, 2015 
Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-4

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Tom Kostopoulos vs Mike McCarron (Photo by KDP Studio)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Joel Hanley, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon (shoulder)
Injured reserve:

Game Report

For the first time on the road trip, coach Sylvain Lefebvre made changes to his top-6 forwards, In order to get  more scoring from Daniel Carr, playmaker Bud Holloway was added to the Mike McCarron line. Jacob De La Rose was moved up to center the second line with Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto having a quiet road trip so far.

Just over eight minutes into the game, the strategy paid off with Carr picking up his fourth of the year assisted by McCarron and Holloway.

Less than a minute later, Andrighetto took a hooking penalty. A 10-minute misconduct was tacked on for abuse of officials.

It was a strong first period for the IceCaps using their speed and being physical while outshooting the Penguins 11-6. After 20 minutes, St. John’s enjoyed a 1-0 lead.

With seconds left in the first period, Darren Dietz was clipped by a stick. He headed down the tunnel to the dressing room for repairs. Dietz sat at the end of the bench missing a couple of shifts to begin the second period after getting a few stitches during the first intermission.

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton pushed back in the second period going on to outshoot the IceCaps 12-5. But it wasn’t as one-sided as it sounds with the IceCaps skating well and being physical. The McCarron line was the best on the ice for St. John’s.

With 1:11 remaining in the period, a Penguins player fell into goaltender Matt Murray after a scrum in the crease. Former Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos took exception engaging Mike McCarron. The two dropped the gloves with McCarron landing a few solid rights.

The pair received five minutes each for fighting with McCarron getting an extra two for roughing. The league’s best power-play tied the game with 9.1 seconds left in the second.

With new life, the Penguins started to take control in the third period. Almost seven minutes into the frame, Stefan Fournier took a penalty for cross-checking. The IceCaps killed off the penalty but momentum had fully turned.

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton had extended periods in the St. John’s zone dominating play.  With just over five minutes left, goaltender Eddie Pasquale was guilty of over-playing the puck. The Penguins Tim Erixon banked a shot off the skate of Morgan Ellis and into an open net.

The Penguins scored two more times, including an empty-netter, with the three goals coming in a span of just 2:22.  The 4-1 final did not reflect the tightness of the game.

The IceCaps have just one win in five games in Pennsylvania. The will play their final game of the road trip on Saturday against the Hershey Bears. Nikita Scherbak is not yet ready to return and will not play on Saturday.

We learned that Greg Pateryn will be heading back to Montreal on Sunday after playing three games with the IceCaps for conditioning.

▲      Daniel Carr, Brett Lernout, Mike McCarron, Brandon McNally, Matt Bennett

▼      Gabriel Dumont, Mark Barberio, Charles Hudon, Christian Thomas

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 21 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
23 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (6-5-1-1) 1 0 0 1
 Penguins (9-1-o-0) 0 1 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Carr (4)
  • WBS:  Simon (4), Erixon (1), Rowney (4), Pouliot (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L)  0-1-0
  • WBS: Murray (W)  7-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Carter Rowney  WBS
  2. Dominik Simon  WBS
  3. Tim Erixon  WBS

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “Not just the first period, I thought that for the most part, we played a strong game. What hurt us in the second period was offensive zone blue line turnovers and then McCarron’s penalty at the end of the period hurt us pretty bad. Obviously if you kill that one, it’s different. But when you get scored on in the last minute of a period, it’s tough to recover. Having said that I though we played really well and you have to give them credit because their third period was something. They have a good team.”
  • “What I want is for the players to still feel good about their game. It was a 4-1 final but the empty-netter. When they scored the second goal we had a bad change, then they scored the third goal. You can’t give them too much, too many chances because they have skills and they connect on their plays. They are not 8-0 in the last eight (games) for nothing. They’re a really good team. Speed-wise and skill-wise, it’s one of the best teams we have seen so far.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Greg Pateryn

Audio from interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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St. John’s IceCaps Preview: Finishing Strong [VIDEO]

Zach Fucale (Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)
Zach Fucale (Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

WILKES-BARRE, PA. — After an impressive start to the season, the St. John’s IceCaps have been brought back to earth with just one win in their past four games, all on the road. The six-game road trip through Pennsylvania wraps up with a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday with games in Wilkes-Barre and Hershey.

While playing well for periods of each game, the IceCaps are learning that a sixty-minute effort from the full lineup is required to be successful on a consistent basis.  You can find comprehensive game reports for each game of the road trip here.

The line of Mike McCarron, Daniel Carr and Christian Thomas has led the way. With six goals, McCarron has taken over the team lead with six goals. Bud Holloway has a share of the lead in AHL scoring with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points.

Zach Fucale has made three straight starts. Eddie Pasquale played the better part of two period against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday after Fucale was lifted for giving up three goals on three shots early in the second period.

Mark Barberio has picked up at least a point in each of the last four road games. Greg Pateryn has been added to the defensive corps being assigned to the IceCaps for a conditioning stint.

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Recap – IceCaps vs Penguins: Learning to Play Sixty Minutes

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

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-5

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

(Photo by KDP Studio)

Lineup

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]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 43 Shots 22
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
8 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 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
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  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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On the Road With the IceCaps: Coming Together [GALLERY]

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(Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

WHITEHALL, PA. — A hockey practice is not only a learning experience for the players on the ice but also instructive for those who follow the team. The IceCaps Hockey Report team caught up with the IceCaps as they were put through their paces during the road trip in Pennsylvania.

The Rink at Lehigh Valley (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)
The Rink at Lehigh Valley (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

The players were wide-eyed as they entered the well-worn old barn. Jacob De la Rose said that it reminded him of the rink where he played his minor hockey. But as they walked along the boards to the dressing room many commented that the ice looked good. “I can smell good ice,” said Eric Neilson.

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The Rink at Lehigh Valley (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

“When we pulled in, everyone was like ‘Woah, what is this?’,” said Mike McCarron, “But the ice was good. It was a good practice. Guys were moving their feet good.”

McCarron was the first to take the ice at the arena known as “The Rink at Lehigh Valley.”

The IceCaps began practice will a typical line-rush drill but with a twist. They didn’t use pucks. The invisible puck drill was a trademark of former Canadiens forward Jimmy Roberts back in his coaching days primarily with the St. Louis Blues organization. According to IceCaps team broadcaster Brian Rogers, it was the coaching staff’s tribute to Roberts, who passed away on October 23rd of this year.

IceCaps assistant coach Donald Dufresne played for Roberts when Jimmy was the coach and general manager in the mid-90’s of the Worcester IceCats (Blues AHL affiliate.) Canadiens assistant coach J.J. Daigneault was also a member of that roster.

Dustin Tokarski (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)
Dustin Tokarski (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

Passing without a puck was, for the most part, tape-to-tape. The line rushes by the forwards were creative and the phantom shots were of the booming variety. But it was the goaltending where imaginations flourished with spectacular glove saves and the occasional double-pad stack.

“The guys, I think they missed their shots,” said Zach Fucale, “That was a little bit of a fun time to start the practice. It got everyone fired up.”

The 3-on-3 drill was especially intense with some solid contact. It was a spirited, high-energy practice with players being encouraged to be very vocal to communicate with teammates. This is a talented, strong skating team with good camaraderie.

“Sorry Tick” drowned out the rest of the ice noise as a restrained shot from defenceman Brett Lernout got up a little high on Dustin Tokarski. The body language of the former Canadiens backup and his lack of crispness in a shoot-in drill hinted that Tokarski is not necessarily enthusiastic about his new assignment. (Tokarski was recalled by the Canadiens on Sunday in light of an injury to Carey Price.)

With the net empty, Lernout practised one-timers in rapid-fire succession displaying a potent shot and remarkable accuracy. After several minutes, he celebrated loudly his several dozen goals.

(Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)
(Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

The head coach showed that he still has a little velocity to his shot as a blast from the stick of Sylvain Lefebvre went part way through the twine remaining caught up in the netting for all to see.

McCarron was second-to-last off the ice as the session ended just over an hour after it began.

Check out our gallery of photos from IceCaps practice.

 

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Recap – IceCaps vs Bears: St. John’s Allows Third Period Hershey Comeback

Saturday October 31, 2015 
Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-4

BEARS
Hershey

Daniel Carr (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Tokarski

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

Game Report

Buoyed by their win Friday night in Allentown, the St. John’s IceCaps came out flying in Hershey on Saturday. Darren Dietz opened the scoring with a perfectly placed wrister from the point before the game was four minutes old.

Shots on goal were 10-1 for the IceCaps with just seven minutes played in the first period. Hershey’s veteran goaltender Justin Peters prevented any further damage in the first period, particularly with two big pad saves on Charles Hudon during an IceCaps 5-on-3 man advantage.

The IceCaps dominated the first period outshooting the Bears 14-5. The Giant Center fans showed their disappointment in the home team during a late first period power-play as Hershey looked completely out of sync.

St. John’s went up 2-0 just 69 seconds into the second period as he knocked down a loose puck and ripped it from the circle.  Just over two and a half minutes later, Hershey captain Garrett Mitchell intercepted a Dietz clearing attempt and beat Zach Fucale glove side.

Fans in the Giant Center woke up and so did the Bears. They took over the game in the second period outshooting the IceCaps 14-7.

The momentum for the home team continued into the third with Liam O’Brien converting a 3-on-1 to tie the game at two just over four minutes into the third period. Paul Carey tapped in a cross-ice feed to give the Bears their first lead at 9:58.

At the midpoint of the third period, shots on goal were 7-0 for Hershey.

The IceCaps mounted a fierce attack looking for the tying goal in the final two minutes but were turned away by Peters. Dustin Gazley scored an empty-netter for a 4-2 final.

After a very good first period, the IceCaps went to sleep. For a 30 minute stretch in the second and third periods, they were outshot 21-7. The loss, was St. John’s second in three games on this six-game road trip.

The IceCaps get the day off on Sunday before returning to the ice for practice on Monday. St. John’s next game is on Wednesday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

▲     Zach Fucale, Darren Dietz, Daniel Carr, Mark Barberio

 Statistics 
ICECAPS BEARS
 28 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 6
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (6-3-1-1) 1 1 0 2
 Bears (4-3-o-1) 0 1 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dietz (2), Hudon (4)
  • HER:  Mitchell (2), O’Brien (1), Carey (2), Gazley (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  4-1-0
  • HER: Peters (W)  2-1-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Paul Casey  HER
  2. Justin Peters  HER
  3. BD Gazley  HER

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “Well, it did (momentum changed) in the third period. The goal they got, it killed us, killed our momentum. We had no legs in the third period. Why? I don’t know. You have to give [the Hershey Bears] credit, they played well and they played hard.”
  • “You try to stay positive, you try to get them going but at the same time, they have to do it themselves. They have to regroup.”
  • “Obviously everybody thought that there should have been a penalty on the play. But we stopped playing hard, we stopped making plays, we stopped moving our feet and that’s our DNA.”
  • “We felt desperate, we played desperate hockey. We spent time in their zone and we had a couple of chances. They played well, their goalie made big saves especially in the first period on our power-play. He made a huge save (on Hudon.) If we score there…”
  • “Even when the score was 2-0, we did have some scoring chances and we didn’t capitalize. The game could have gone either way but it didn’t.”
  • “We looked a little tired in the third period. We’re a team that’s in pretty good shape so [fatigue] shouldn’t be a factor.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Zach Fucale

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Recap – IceCaps vs Phantoms: McCarron Scores Game-Winner

Friday October 30, 2015 
PPL Center, Allentown, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-2

LehighValleyPhantoms

PHANTOMS
Lehigh Valley

Jeremy Gregoire (Photo by St. Johns IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Tokarski

Scratches: Brett Lernout, Joel Hanley, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Mark MacMillan, Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Tim Bozon (shoulder), Markus Eisenschmid
Injured reserve:

Game Report

Sylvain Lefebvre was true to his word. The IceCaps head coach promised that his club would be better on Friday and his troops delivered.

It was a much better start with the St. John’s IceCaps outshooting their hosts 12-10 in the scoreless first period. As happened on Wednesday, Sven Andrighetto opened the scoring rifling a wrister just 30 seconds into the second period.  Charles Hudon was the beneficiary of a great pass from Bud Holloway to score a power-play goal at 6:56 of the second giving the IceCaps a 2-0 lead.

It was the second assist of the game for Holloway.

Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner scored the next two goals of the game to bring the Phantoms even with just under six minutes gone in the third period.

Mike McCarron scored the game-winner as he batted a rebound out of the air on the backhand. Even Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz was impressed telling The Morning Call, “For me, it’s just a slow shot coming in. Those are the hardest to control. I actually did a good job to get it off the ice, heading to the corner. McCarron made a nice play to whack it in the back door.”

The play was ruled onside by the lone linesman on the ice (the second linesman exited for undisclosed reasons in the third period) but the call was disputed by the Phantoms.

Compared to their game on Wednesday in this same building, St. John’s was stronger in all areas of the ice. A solid forecheck, an improved physical game and good goaltending each contributed to the win.

The only area lacking in this game was discipline. Lefebvre said that taking too many penalties has been an issue all season. The penalty-killers limited Lehigh Valley to one power-play goal on four opportunities.

It was the first game of the year for defenceman Josiah Didier and Dalton Thrower and forwards Brandon McNally and Eric Neilson. Thrower took exception when Fucale was driven into the back of the goal in the first period by Lehigh Valley forward Petr Straka.  Midway through the second, Neilson took on Phantoms heavyweight Derek Mathers.

This was a well-played hockey game on both sides. The IceCaps were relentless on the puck all over the ice. Their pace and work effort were the difference.

Next up for the IceCaps is the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.

▲     Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway, Mike McCarron, Zach Fucale, Mark Barberio, Darren Dietz, Christian Thomas

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PHANTOMS
 26 Shots 25
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 4
17 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (6-2-1-1) 0 2 1 3
 Phantoms (3-5-o-o) 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Andrighetto (4), Hudon (3), McCarron (5)
  • LV:  Conner (3), Conner (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (W)  4-0-0
  • LV: Stolarz (L)  3-2-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Mike McCarron  STJ
  2. Chris Conner  LV
  3. Bud Hollway  STJ

 Video summary
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We had more energy, that’s for sure, a better start too. 
  • “Even we’re up 2-0 and 2-1 after the second period, that’s where we gotta get it done. We made a nice play on the 2-on-1 but we fought, we battled and when we got the third goal we played really well. We kept the play in deep. We kept the puck towards the back of the net and we controlled the play and ground them out and taking energy out of them.”
  • “It was a great team effort tonight.”
  • “In the second period I thought we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit by taking bad penalties. But our PK has been good all year so far. We have to give those guys credit for the dirty job that they have to do.”
  • “I felt that 5-on-5 tonight we controlled the play pretty much the whole night.”
  • “We have to play our game and that was more our game that we played tonight.”
  • “That’s playing fast and using our speed and getting pucks behind their defencemen especially with the ‘D’ corps that they have. They have experience with (Andrew) MacDonald and (Davis) Drewiske and (Matt) Lashoff but we have to put the puck behind them.”
  • “It’s not easy to go back for defencemen now-a-days where you can’t hold up. You gotta skate. You gotta make it tough on them. With the skills up front we’re going to score goals. If you have them take penalties on you then our power-play is playing pretty well right now and scoring some goals.”
  • “[Jacob De la Rose] is good at both positions (centre and left wing.) I think he may feel a bit more comfortable at centre. But I think that, at centre right now, he’s using more of his legs and speed and reach. And he’s good on faceoffs. I liked his game tonight.”
  • “[Sven Andrighetto] has played well especially tonight and last game. I didn’t like his penalties in the second period. You know what it’s a learning process here. ‘If you take one, don’t take two’ and he knows that. He was having a great game. I told him ‘Don’t let that screw your game up.’ But he played well in the third period. He’s playing more aggressive and playing more involved physically. By that I mean he keeps the puck and he battles for the puck and that makes him a better hockey player.”
  • “Since the start of the season we’ve taken too many penalties. We have to cut that down for sure. Because we’re a team that should have the other team take penalties on us because of our speed and our skills. A lot of those penalties were taken with our ‘D’ zone coverage. If you take a penalty on the forecheck or taking hooking penalties 200 feet from your net, those are bad penalties and those are tough to kill.”
  • “Hershey is a good team. It’s not going to be an easy game, we know that. I that that winning the game tonight is a big booster for us. We just have to dig deep and find energy. We know we don’t have that long to travel but we need to regroup here and find the energy tomorrow.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Sven Andrighetto

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Recap – IceCaps vs Phantoms: Slow Start to Road Trip for Baby Habs

Wednesday October 28, 2015 
PPL Center, Allentown, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-5

LehighValleyPhantoms

PHANTOMS
Lehigh Valley

Sven Andrighetto Photo by St. Johns IceCaps)
Sven Andrighetto (Photo by St. Johns IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Fucale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Brandon McNally (undisclosed), Eric Neilson, Tim Bozon (shoulder)
Injured reserve:

Game Report

After a six game home stand, the IceCaps embarked on six game road tour of Pennsylvania. Up first were the Lehigh Valley Phantoms entering the game with a record of 2-4-0-0. The Phantoms were coming off a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies, with the Flyers affiliate looking slow and out of sync in most aspects of their game.

In Wednesday night’s game the Phantoms came out strong and didn’t let up putting the IceCaps on their heels for the entire first period.  In a bout early in the period, Connor Crisp was taken down by a stiff right to the face from Derek Mathers. After 20 minutes the shots on goal were 14-3 for the home team.

Thanks to a Sven Andrighetto power-play goal and some fine goaltending from Dustin Tokarski, the IceCaps were fortunate to be tied 1-1 after the first frame.

While the shots were far more even in the second (10-8 for the Phantoms) three Lehigh Valley goals would sink the IceCaps. St. John’s was passive in this game and found themselves having difficulty negotiating the neutral zone. Turnovers were also an issue throughout the game.

It was the highest goal output for the Phantoms all season. The IceCaps simply couldn’t get their speed game out of the box. One wonders if the visitors underestimated their hosts.

Former Hab Aaron Palushaj had two assists for the Phantoms playing on the top line with Tim Brent and Taylor Leier. Another alumn from the Canadiens organization, Davis Drewiske had one shot on goal for Lehigh Valley.

It was the first game for Mark MacMillan recently called up from the Brampton Beast. MacMillan was filling in for an injured Nikita Scherbak.

According to coach Lefebvre, the IceCaps will be better prepared on Friday when they return to the PPL Center.

▲     Sven Andrighetto

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PHANTOMS
 18 Shots 28
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 4
13 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (5-2-1-1) 1 0 0 1
 Phantoms (3-4-o-o) 1 3 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Andrighetto (3)
  • LV:  Cousins (2), Cousins (3), Goumas (1), Gostibehere (1), Leier (3)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L)  2-2-2
  • LV: Stolarz (W)  3-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Nick Cousins  LV
  2. Taylor Leier  LV
  3. Shayne Gostibehere  LV
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 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “The scoreboard tells you about the game and how it went. I thought that the first period we just weren’t there. We’re just coming off six games in nine nights in St. John’s. We were travelling (on Tuesday.) So, not to make excuses, but it looks like our team was flat in the first period and they had some jump. I know that we’re going to be better on Friday.
  • “I don’t think that they’re a team that… in the standings, it doesn’t really reflect what kind of team that they have. Their defense stabilizes their play and the goaltending. They have two or three lines that, they have speed so they…”
  • “We didn’t know them at all, they didn’t know us at all either but we wanted to make a better first impression. But I know we’re going to be better on Friday.”
  • “Well obviously (the goal on Friday is) to bring more energy. We need to come out… our starts have been really good in St. John’s so now we need to do the same thing on the road. If we do that we’re going to be fine.”
  • “What I’ve been impressed with is the balance that we’ve had throughout the lineup and also in our transitional game. We want to play a fast game and we have some forwards that can make some plays. We want to give them the puck and be able to do their work.”
  • “Tonight we couldn’t get through the neutral zone and get pucks in. We had too many turnovers and we looked not very sharp mentally and it cost us.”
  • “We’re a team that is good with the puck. We try to have it and not give it away but sometimes… I got to give [the Phantoms] credit tonight. They played really well and they were in our face. We didn’t have much time and space to work with. Adding to that, we weren’t very sharp mentally and physically. It doesn’t make for a good recipe.”
  • “[Our goaltending] has been good. It hasn’t been the problem.”
  • “[Nikita Scherbak was out of the lineup due to] injury. He’s going to be (out) maybe a week or so.”
  • Audio from an interview with IceCaps coach Sylvain Lefebvre conducted by Amy Johnson for IceCaps Hockey Report following the game.

Phantoms coach Scott Gordon

  • “Even though they got the goal, you have to recognize what the situation was in the game at that point. We were going pretty good. You can’t control that puck going in the net, in a sense, but it’s how you respond to it, and we responded well.” (speaking to The Morning Call)

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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.

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IceCaps Strong Start Fueled by McCarron

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Michael McCarron (Photo by Julia Holman-Price | Rocket Sports Media)
Michael McCarron (Photo by Julia Holman-Price | Rocket Sports Media)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The IceCaps had a big opening weekend in St. John’s against the Rochester Americans. As they took both games by scores of 5-2 and 6-2 respectively.

In Game 1 the Christian Thomas – Michael McCarron – Daniel Carr line made some noise registering two goals from Thomas on some fast transition plays. McCarron enjoyed the experience playing with the two wingers saying “[Thomas and Carr] are two veteran guys who have been around, they really want the puck, so it’s my job to get the puck to them.”

Zachary Fucale also made his first professional start allowing two goals on 33 shots. His head coach spoke highly of his debut. “I know he’s won some pretty big games in World Juniors and the Memorial Cup, he looked good out there” said Sylvain Lefebvre.

Sven Andrighetto also tallied a pair and veteran Bud Holloway rounded out the scoring with one of his own.

In Game two, the McCarron line took over once again, but this time it was the big centerman making noise as he registered his first career goal, and had a far shorter wait for goals number 2 and 3 as he completed the hat trick.

Both games were taken over by the diminutive Thomas and Andrighetto, as they showed the stuff that saw them called up with the Canadiens at times last year. Dustin Tokarski got the nod in game 2 and rebounded from a rough loss last weekend allowing just two goals on 31 shots. Thomas added his third in two nights, while Morgan Ellis and Joel Hanley found themselves on the scoreboard as well.

But the night was overshadowed by McCarron, and it was a big shadow. Standing at 6-foot-6-inches and a lean 228 pounds, he left a lasting impression on the IceCaps fans. It was clear McCarron was sent down to refine his game, and it was evident his skating will likely be a part of that refinement. But what he was working on with his skating, he more than made up with his size and hockey smarts.

First impression of McCarron is that he has a high hockey IQ. He understands his place on the ice, finding his way to the front of the net making life impossible for opposing defensemen and goaltenders. He has the tools to make a very successful career out of that role. A role which is currently undertaken by Brendan Gallagher on the first power-play unit, Habs fans should be drooling over the prospect of this mammoth working his magic in the crease for years to come.

Furthermore, and perhaps more impressive, was his defensive game. Coach Lefebvre chose to give McCarron more responsibility on the penalty kill in game 2, filling in where Jacob De La Rose stood the night before. It’s another reminder of what the AHL can provide for these top prospects. The Canadiens are so focused on putting the right players on the ice every time, whereas the AHL affords an opportunity to give many players exposure in different scenarios.

After game one we had the opportunity to speak with McCarron, and he was cleared excited about the experience so far “I got to play in front of some pretty big crowds in London and Oshawa, in the Memorial Cup [Quebec City] got to play in some big rinks and this was right up there it was pretty fun. [The fans] were electric.”

McCarron went on to say “I think i’m still trying to figure out this league, you don’t have that much time with the puck anymore, you got to make quicker plays.“ It was clear in game 2 that McCarron had figured it out, and if he can continue to bring that energy on a nightly basis we could be in for a treat late into the 2016 spring.

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IceCaps Angelo Miceli: One Step Closer [AUDIO]

Angelo Miceli (Photo by La Presse)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by La Presse)

TORONTO, ON. — Twenty-one year old forward Angelo Miceli, a native of Montreal, Quebec realized a dream on September 27, 2015, when he signed his first professional contract. Not only was it his first professional contract, but it was with the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, St.John’s IceCaps. Miceli is that much closer to realizing a childhood dream of playing in the NHL for his hometown Montreal Canadiens!

Junior Career

Miceli played a total of 255 games in the QMJHL for the Victoriaville Tigers over a total of five seasons. Miceli played five games for the Tigers during the 2010-11 season, he registered only one assist in that time. The following year Miceli was nearly 0.50 points per game as he scored 24 points in 50 games meanwhile spending only 24 minutes in the penalty box.

The 2012-13 season was Miceli’s breakout year in the QMJHL when he scored 81 points in 68 games. Miceli just barely missed matching that point total the following year with 77 points in 68 games. In Miceli’s last season in the QMJHL, the Tigers named him the assistant captain of the team. He managed to score 38 goals and 58 helpers for a total of 96 points, meanwhile amassing only 50 penalty minutes, something that attests to his discipline on the ice. His fantastic finish to his junior career earned him an invite to the Montreal Canadiens development camp in July.

Development Camp

Once Canadiens fans found out that Miceli had been invited to the camp, expectations rose and he did not disappoint. Miceli had a fantastic development camp among players in his age group. He was consistently one of the best players on the ice. As the camp moved along, his leadership on and off the ice, along with his strong play and heart earned him an invitation to the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp, a gigantic step forward for the invite.

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Angelo Miceli (Photo by Chris Hatzitolios | Rocket Sports Media)

Rookie Tournament

As the rookie camp came along, coach Sylvain Lefebvre included Miceli in the lineup, on the fourth line to start, for the first game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game in which Miceli stood out as the best player on the ice for both teams. Miceli was a driving force in the Canadiens taking the game to overtime, where they lost 4-3 on a breakaway by Daniel Sprong. Miceli had three primary assists in the game.

In the second game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Miceli took a penalty, that was his only showing on the scoresheet. However as the game progressed, coach Lefebvre used Miceli on the penalty-kill, but overall, it was a quiet night for Miceli.

In the final game of the tournament versus the Ottawa Senators, Miceli had an assist on the Canadiens only goal. It was a beautiful feed from below the red line to Dryden Hunt for a very nicely executed one-timer goal bringing the Canadiens within one. Miceli was once again one of the best offensive performers in the game as his vision and playmaking ability was on display.

Miceli’s performance at development camp and the rookie tournament was not lost among the Canadiens management as he made the cut for the Canadiens main training camp.

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Angelo Miceli speaking to the media after the final game of the Rookie tournament.

A one-on-one interview with Angelo Miceli after his three assist game versus the Penguins.

Training Camp And a Dream Come True

Miceli attended the Canadiens training camp in September.  He was cut however he earned himself his first professional contract, a two-way AHL contract, where he can play with either the AHL IceCaps or the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. A dream was realized for the twenty-one year old forward from Montreal.  He is in the Canadiens organization and he is one step closer to potentially playing in the NHL with the team he idolized as a kid.

Angelo Miceli is attending the IceCaps training camp with his immediate future being decided shortly. Will the forward start his first professional season with the IceCaps or the Beast?

His hard work, dedication and love for the game came through over a crazy summer. Miceli said at the rookie tournament that he is proud of what he had accomplished so far. Little did he know that he would be getting a contract a few weeks later! The dynamic forward will be a big boost to either of the Beast or IceCaps as the season starts, just the beginning of his pro hockey career.