Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Rochester Americans game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo New York.
1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:
Lessio – Hudon – Holloway Bennett – Dietz
Bournival – McCarron – Dumont Ellis – Didier
MacMillan – De La Rose – Fournier Hanley – Lernout
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire
Starting Goalie: Tokarski
Scratches: Bozon, Thrower and Neilson
Injuries: Scherbak (end of Jan.), Johnston (back surgery) and Crisp (day-to-day)
IceCaps in Montreal: Andrighetto, Barberio and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Brown, Pasquale and Miceli
2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 tonight bringing their season total to 19 for 111 for a 17.1% success rate. The power play entered the game in 15th place scoring 18 goals on 107 attempts for a 16.8% success rate along with giving up 1 shorthanded goal. On the road the power play entered the game in 8th place scoring just 10 times on 55 attempts for a 18.2% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 5 tonight scoring a shorthanded goal to bring their season total to 117 for 134 for a 87.3% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 4th place giving just 16 goals on 129 attempts for a 87.6% success rate while scoring 1 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 4th place giving up 8 goals on 66 attempts for a success rate of 87.9%.
4 The IceCaps were outshot by the Americans 31-27. Lessio and Holloway led the Icecaps with 4 shots each while Ruhwedel led the Americans and all players with 5 shots. (1st period 10-6 Americans, 2nd period 15-7 IceCaps, 3rd period 11-4 Americans, OT period 2-2 tie )
5 This was the 6th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 2-1-1-2 record scoring 19 while giving up 17.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 15-8-5-3 scoring 96 while giving up 99. Their road record is 7-7-1-2 scoring 44 while giving up 56 while their home record now stands at 8-1-4-1 scoring 52 while giving up 43.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-3-1-1 scoring 28 while giving up 27. They entered the game in 3rd place in their division .141 percentage points behind 1st place Toronto. Note: Winning percentage now determines the standings in the AHL instead of points due to the unbalanced schedule being played by the western teams.
8 After tonight’s game their record now stands at 15-8-5-3 scoring 96 while giving up 99. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 14-12-5-0 scoring 88 and giving up 84.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Dustin Tokarski stops 28 of 30 in the game but fails to stop any in the shootout as the Icecaps drop a 3-2 decision to the Rochester Americans in front of 17671 fans at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo New York..
Jerome Leduc with a shot from the top of the slot on the power play puts the Americans up 1-0 at 7:02 of the opening frame with assists going to Jason Aekson and Tim Schaller.
Gabriel Dumont ties the game scoring a shorthanded goal at the 21 second mark of the second period beating Nathan Lieuwen blocker side with Jacob de la Rose drawing the lone assist on the play.
Brady Austin with a shot top corner blocker side beats Dustin Tokarski to make it 2-1 Americans at 1:42 of the second with Nick Baptiste picking up the only assist on the goal.
Charles Hudon scores top corner glove side on a 5 on 3 power play to tie the game at 16:31 of the second frame with assists going to Lucas Lessio and Bud Holloway.
The third period would be a scoreless affair with the Americans outshooting the IceCaps 11-4. The OT would solve nothing with both teams picking up 2 shots.
Akeson, Bailey and O’Reilly would shoot for the Americans with each of them scoring while Hudon and Lessio would shoot for the Icecaps with Lessio scoring.
Dustin Tokarski would stop 28 of 30 shots in the game and 0 of 3 in the shootout to get the loss while Nathan Lieuwen would stop 25 of 27 in the game and 1 of 2 in the shootout to get the victory. Final score: 3-2 Americans.
Next game for the IceCaps is on December 31 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton New York where they take on the Rochester Americans.
13 A look at the periods:
Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:
The Brampton Beast don’t play until Thursday, December 31 when they take on the Wheeling Nailers at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling West Virginia. Brampton has a record of 10-15-3-1 scoring 79 goals while giving up 100. They are last place in their division with 24 points, 14 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.
Travis Brown has played 29 games scored 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points to go along with a -6 rating.
Mark MacMillan has played 6 games scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points to go along with a -2 rating. Currently in St. John’s.
Angelo Miceli has played 11 games scored 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points to go along with a -4 rating.
Josiah Didier has played 4 games scored 1 goal and 0 assists for 1 point to go along with an even rating. Currently in St. John’s.
Stefan Fournier has played 5 games scored 0 goals and 1 assist for 1 point to go along with a -5 rating. Currently in St. John’s.
Tim Bozon has played 6 games scored 0 goals and 2 assists for 2 points to go along with a -5 rating. Currently in St. John’s.
Dalton Thrower has played 5 games scored 0 goal and 2 assists for 2 points to go along with a -2 rating. Currently in St. John’s.
Eddie Pasquale has played 10 games going 3-5-1-1 with a GAA of 3.30 and a SV% of .894.