IceCaps – Americans: A Numbers Game (Nov. 18, 2016)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Rochester Americans game at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

1  A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:

Scherbak – Audette – Friberg                                                             Barberio – Lernout

Matteau – McCarron – de la Rose                                                     Johnston – Brouillette

Farnham – Eisenschmid – Gregoire                                                   Didier – Samuelsson

Broll – MacMillan – Crisp

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: Parisi, Racine and Veilleux

Injuries: n/a

IceCaps in Montreal: Carr, Andrighetto, Terry, Hudon and Hanley

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Coderre-Gagnon, and Fucale


  1. Charles Hudon was recalled from St. John’s to Montreal on Nov. 17.
  2. Yannick Veilleux was recalled from Brampton to St. John’s on Nov. 17.

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 7 to bring their season total to 19 for 72 for a 26.4% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 2nd ranked PP in the league with a 27.7% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 5 for 6 tonight to bring their season total to 59 for 74 for a 79.7% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 24th ranked PK in the league with a 79.4% success rate.

4  The IceCaps out-shot the Americans 32-27. Eisenschmid led the IceCaps with 5 shots while Bailey led the Americans and all players with 7 shots. (1st period 16-12 Americans, 2nd period 6-4 IceCaps, 3rd period 7-7 tie, OT period 5-1 Icecaps)

5  This was the 3rd of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 2-1-0-0 record scoring 11 while giving up 11.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 8-7-1-0 scoring 54 while giving up 50. Their road record is 4-5-1-0 scoring 31 while giving up 32 while their home record now stands at 4-2-0-0 scoring 23 while giving up 18.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 6-4-0-0 scoring 35 while giving up 29. The IceCaps are currently in 5th place in the division .200 pct behind division leader 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 8-7-1-0  scoring 54 while giving up 50. Last year their record was 8-5-2-1 scoring 53 and giving up 59.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Barberio picked up 1 goal giving him 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games played.
  • b) The Icecaps have now scored power play goals in 6 straight games going 8 for 34 for a success rate of 23.5%.
  • c) Scherbak picked up an assist giving him 4 points in his last 3 games played.
  • d) Matteau scored the game winner in the shootout. He has 5 goals in his last 7 games.
  • e) This was the 1st shoot out game of the year for the IceCaps.
  • f) Eisenschmid had a game high +2 rating tonight.
  • g) Former Habs Vail and Bennett had 0 points, 0 shots and an even rating.
  • h) Matteau had the game winning goal in overtime waved off because the net came off.
  • i) When Lindgren is in-goal St. John’s is 8-2-0-0 without him they are 0-5-1-0.
  • j)  Lindgren has now stopped 303 of 325 shots for a SV% of .932.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Justin Bailey of Rochester  with 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Casey Nelson of Rochester  with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Jeremy Gregoire of Rochester with 1 goal, 2 shots and + 1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Ryan Johnston with 1 assist, 3 shots and a +1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Justin Bailey of Rochester  with 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Casey Nelson of Rochester  with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Markus Eisenschmid of St. John’s with 1 goal, 5 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Stefan Matteau with 1 goal in the shoot out, 3 shots and a -1 rating.

12  The IceCaps erase a 3-1 deficit winning a 4-3 in overtime over the Rochester Americans in front of 5874 fans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

Alexander Nylander opens the scoring with his 4th of the year at 11:26 of the first period with assists going to Justin Bailey and Evan Rodrigues.

Justin Bailey makes it 2-0 Rochester scoring on the power play at 13:22 of the opening frame with assists to Casey Nelson and Cal O’Reilly.

Mark Barberio cuts the lead in half scoring a power play goal at 17:52 of the first with assists going to Nikita Scherbak and Jacob de la Rose.

Casey Nelson makes it a 3-1 game at 4:56 of the second with helpers going to Nick Baptiste and Erik Burgdoerfer.

Markus Eisenschmid scores his 2nd goal of the year at 9:46 of the middle frame cutting the lead in half.

 Jeremy Gregoire ties the game at the 2:16 mark of the third with assists going to Ryan Johnston and Julien Brouillette.
The overtime would be scoreless with the IceCaps out shooting the Americans 5-1.
Audette, Scherbak, McCarron and Matteau would shoot for the IceCaps with Audette and Matteau scoring while Baptiste, Nylander, Schneider and Rodrigues would shoot for Rochester with Baptiste scoring.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 24 of 27 shots in the game and 3 of 4 in the shootout to pick up the win while Linus Ullmark would stop 28 of 31 and 2 of 4 in the shootout to get the loss. Final Score: 4-3 IceCaps in the shootout.

Next game for the IceCaps is Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario where they take on the Toronto Marlies.

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