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
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 46-32. McNally 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:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
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: