IceCaps – Americans: A Numbers Game (Mar. 25, 2016)

Pasquale comes up big to help the IceCaps pick up the win (Photo: Americans)

Pasquale comes up big to help the IceCaps pick up the win (Photo: Americans)

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:

Friberg  – Dumont – Holloway                           Joyaux – Ellis

Hudon – Ward –Scherbak                                 Didier – Lernout

McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire                       Scott – Johnston

Bozon – Yogan – Ranger

Starting Goalie: Pasquale

Scratches: Miceli, Brown and Bennett

Injuries: Crisp (out for season), Eisenschmid, Bakker and Bournival (out for season)

IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto, McCarron, Lessio, de la Rose, Bartley, Dietz, Hanley and Carr

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower

Notes:

2  The IceCaps power play went 0 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 47 for 258 for a 18.2% success rate. The power play entered the game in 9th place scoring 47 goals on 254 attempts for a 18.5% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. On the road the power play entered the game in 18th place scoring 19 times on 130 attempts for a 14.6% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 5 for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 239 for 279 for a 85.7% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 8th place giving just 40 goals on 274 attempts for a 85.2% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 8th place giving up 20 goals on 135 attempts for a success rate of 85.4%.

4  The IceCaps were outshot by the Americans  46-32McNally led the Icecaps with 4 shots while Rodrigues led the Americans and all players with 9 shots. (1st period 13-10 Americans, 2nd period 13-5 IceCaps, 3rd period 28-9 Americans )

5  This was the 8th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 3-2-1-2 record scoring 32 while giving up 35.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 29-28-8-3 scoring 191 while giving up 214. Their road record is 14-18-2-2 scoring 91 while giving up 114 while their home record now stands at 15-10-6-1 scoring 99 while giving up 101.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-5-1-0 scoring 29 while giving up 34. They entered the game in 6th place in their division, 12th place in the conference and 23rd place in the league and are .227 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 29-28-8-3 scoring 191 while giving up 214. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 32-26-11-0 scoring 183 and giving up 181.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Pasquale broke a 3 game losing streak over his last 4 starts he has given up 15 goals on 152 shots for a SV% of .901.
  • b) Hudon picked up 1 goal giving him 5 goals in his last 3 games.
  • c) Ward picked up an assist giving him points in 2 straight games.
  • d) Holloway picked an assist giving him 1 goal and 5 assists over his last 7 games played.
  • e) MacMillan had 2 assists giving him points in 3 straight games.
  • f) The Icecaps have given up 20 plus shots in the third period 2 games in a row.
  • g) Ellis had a goal giving him 2 goals and 4 assists in 9 games since being sent down.
  • h) Rochester had more shots in the third 28 than the first 2 periods combined 18.
  • i) Hudon now has 25 goals scored this season and 45 in 145 AHL games played.
  • j) Scott and Ward were the only IceCaps without a shot tonight while Matt Ellis was the only American held without a shot.
  • k) Friberg had a goal and an assist giving him 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 2 games played.
  • l) Former Hab Nevins had 1 goal, 2 shots and an even rating.
  • m) Scherbak picked up an assist giving him 4 points in his last 4 games.
  • n) After tonight Holloway leads the team with 56 points followed by Hudon with 48 then Dumont with 45.
  • o) Bozon and Ranger were a team low -2 each.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Brandon McNally of St. John’s with 2 goals, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Max Friberg of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Mark MacMillan of St. John’s a with 2 assists, 2 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Eddie Pasquale who stopped 43 of 46 shots.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star:  Brandon McNally of St. John’s with 2 goals, 4 shots and a+1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Eddie Pasquale of St. John’s who stopped 43 of 46 shots.
  • 3rd Star: Max Friberg of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Mark MacMillan with 2 assists, 2 shots and a +2 rating.

12 Eddie Pasquale makes 43 saves including 26 in the third period and Brandon McNally scores 2 to power the Icecaps to a 5-3 victory over the Rochester Americans in front of 5129 fans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

 Jack Nevins scores on a goal mouth scramble at 2:30 of the first period putting the Americans up 1-0 with assists to Alex Guptill and Patrick Kaleta.

Charles Hudon scores on a clean breakaway at 4:50 of the first to tie the game at one with the lone assist going to Nikita Scherbak.

Brandon McNally puts the IceCaps up 2-1 at 8:30 of the second with assists to Mark MacMillan and Jeremy Gregoire.

Less than a minute later Morgan Ellis with a blast from the point makes it a 3-1 game with helpers to Max Friberg and Cory Ward.

 With fourteen seconds left in the period Brandon McNally makes it 4-1 Icecaps with assists going to Mark MacMillan and Brett Lernout.

Max Friberg makes it a 5-1 IceCap lead at te twenty-five second mark of the third period with helpers to Gabriel Dumont and Bud Holloway.

Dan Catenacci cuts the lead to three at 7:49 of the third period with assists to Evan Rodrigues and Jerry D’Amigo.

Just over thirty seconds later Eric O’Dell scores on a goal mouth scramble to make it a 5-3 game with helpers to Justin Bailey and Cole Schneider.

Eddie Pasquale would stop 43 of 46 shots to get the win while Linus Ullmark would stop just 19 of 24 shots before being pulled and replaced by Andrey Makarov who would stop 8 of 8 in a mop up roll. Final score: 5-3 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Mar. 265 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario where they take on the Toronto Marlies.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • IceCaps 8-7 on the shot clock and 1-1 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Americans 6-2 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Solid period from the IceCaps.

2nd Period:

  • IceCaps 6-2 on the shot clock and 2-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 5-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • McNally had 4 shots on goal and 2 goals in the period.
  • Icecaps were by far the better team in the period.

3rd Period:

  • Americans 12-3 on the shot clock and 2-1 on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Americans 16-5 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Rodrigues of Rochester had 8 shots on goal in the period.
  • Rochester just dominated them in this period.
  • If it wasn’t for Pasquale’s play they would have lost this one.

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