IceCaps – Bears: A Numbers Game (Mar. 25, 2017)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Hershey Bears at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s IceCaps.

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

Hudon – Terry – Carr                                                                                  Hanley – Lernout

Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg                                                                  Lowe – Johnston

Scherbak – Audette – Farnham                                                                  Brouillette – Didier

Veilleux – MacMillan – Gregoire

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: Parisi, Redmond,Eisenschmid, Camara and Broll.


IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp, Asselin and Gagnon.


2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 2 tonight to bring their season total to 46 for 256 for a 17.7% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 11th ranked PP in the league with a 18.0% success rate and have given up 5 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 3 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 223 for 280 for a 79.6% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 27th ranked PK in the league with a 79.4% success and have scored 7 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps out shot the Bears 31-29de la Rose and Lernout led the IceCaps with 4 shots while Vrana led the Bears with 4 shots. (1st period 9-8 Bears, 2nd period 13-11 IceCaps, 3rd period 10-9 IceCaps)

5 This was the 3rd of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 1-2-0-0 record scoring 8 while giving up 11.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 32-25-8-2 scoring 191 while giving up 197. Their road record is 17-13-3-1 scoring 93 while giving up 92 while their home record now stands at 15-12-5-1 scoring 98 while giving up 105.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 6-2-1-1 scoring 27 while giving up 23. The IceCaps are currently in 4th place in the division .035 pct behind division leader Syracuse and are 9th in the conference .155 behind conference leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 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 32-25-8-2 scoring 191 while giving up 197. Last year their record was 28-28-8-3 scoring 184 and giving up 215.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 3 goals on 29 shots for a SV% of .897.
  • b) Lindgren has a record of 4-0-0-1 over his last 5 starts giving up 11 goals on 144 shots for a SV% of .924.
  • c) The Icecaps have now picked up points in 7 straight games going 5-0-1-1.
  • d) Hudon has now gone 3 games without a point and has just 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 11 games played.
  • e) The line of Hudon, Terry and Carr had 0 goals, 0 assists, 3 shots and a -1 rating.
  • f) Johnston had an assist giving him 1 goal and 2 assists since returning to the line up 5 games ago.
  • g) Terry and Didier were the only IceCaps not to have a shot on goal tonight.
  • h) Lowe had the GWG since joining the team 13 games ago he has 2 goals and 2 assists.
  • i) The iceCaps had 10 different players record point tonight.
  • j) Brouillette, Terry and Lernout were the only IceCaps with a negative rating with all finishing at -1.
  • k) Former Habs Gilbert had 0 points, 0 shots and an even rating and Thomas had 0 points, 3 shots and an even rating.
  • l) Former Hab Thomas has 24 goals and 23 assists in 61 games played for the Bears this year.
  • m) Over their last 6 games St. John’s has given up 2 power play goals on 23 chances for a success rate of 91.3%.
  • n) The IceCaps have scored 3 goals on their last 20 chances on the power play over the last games for a 15.0% success rate.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Jacob de la Rose of St. John’s with 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Charlie Lindgren of St. John’s who stopped 26 of 29.
  • 3rd Star: Keegan Lowe of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Max Friberg with 1 assist, 1 shot and an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Yannick Veilleux of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist 3 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Mattias Backman of Hershey with 1 assist, 3 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Charlie Lindgren of St. John’s who stopped 26 of 29.
  • Player of the Game: Jacob de la Rose with 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.

12  St. John’s scores three unanswered goals to defeat the Hershey Bears 4-3 in front of 4477 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Julien Brouillette opens the scoring at 4:20 of the opening period with Nikita Scherbak drawing the lone assist on the play.

Tyler Lewington ties the game at 7:50 of the first period with the lone assist going to Jakub Vrana.

Less than a minute later Travis Boyd puts the Bears up 2-1 with Christian Djoos and Mattias Backman picking up the assists.

Chris Bourque makes it 3-1 at the 16 minute mark of the first with helpers going to Chandler Stephenson and Madison Boney.

Jeremy Gregoire cuts the lead in half scoring his 9th of the year at 3:49 of the second with assists going to Ryan Johnston and Stefan Matteau.

Yannick Veilleux gets his 6th of the year to tie the game at 8:25 of the second period with Max Friberg and Jacob de la Rose get credited with the assists.

With just 15 seconds left in the game Keegan Lowe scores to put the Icecaps up 4-3 with helpers going to Josiah Didier and Yannick Veilleux.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 26 of 29 shots to pick up the win while Pheonix Copley would stop 27 of 31 to get the loss. Final Score: 4-3 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps Sunday, Mar. 26 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Hershey Bears.

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