IceCaps – Bears: A Numbers Game (Mar. 26, 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.

Injuries: 

IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.

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

Notes:  

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 47 for 259 for a 18.1% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 12th ranked PP in the league with a 17.9% success rate and have given up 5 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 2 tonight to bring their season total to 225 for 282 for a 79.8% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 26th ranked PK in the league with a 79.6% success and have scored 7 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps out shot the Bears 36-28Terry led the IceCaps with 7 shots while C. Bourque and Galiev led the Bears with 4 shots. (1st period 8-8 tie, 2nd period 11-7 IceCaps, 3rd period 17-13 IceCaps)

5 This was the 4th of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 1-3-0-0 record scoring 9 while giving up 13.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 32-26-8-2 scoring 192 while giving up 199. Their road record is 17-13-3-1 scoring 93 while giving up 92 while their home record now stands at 15-13-5-1 scoring 99 while giving up 107.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 6-2-1-1 scoring 27 while giving up 22. The IceCaps are currently in 3rd place in the division .031 pct behind division leader Syracuse and are 8th in the conference .143 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 32-26-8-2 scoring 192 while giving up 199. Last year their record was 29-28-8-3 scoring 189 and giving up 218.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 2 goals on 28 shots for a SV% of .929.
  • b) Lindgren has a record of 3-1-0-1 over his last 5 starts giving up 11 goals on 150 shots for a SV% of .927.
  • c) The Icecaps streak of 7 straight games picking up at least 1 point came to an end.
  • d) Hanley picked up an assists giving him 4 assists in his last 5 games played.
  • e) Farnham had 6 of the 8 penalty minutes given to the IceCaps tonight.
  • f) Johnston, Veilleux and Brouillette were all held off the shot clock tonight.
  • g) Terry had a goal giving him 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 7 games played.
  • h) Hudon broke a 3 game pointless steak picking up an assist giving him just 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 12 games played.
  • i) The line of Hudon, Terry and Carr had 1 goal, 1 assist, 13 shots and an even rating.
  • j) Former Habs Gilbert had 0 points, 1 shot and a +1 rating and Thomas had 0 points, 0 shots and an even rating.
  • k)  Over their last 7 games St. John’s has given up 2 power play goals on 25 chances for a success rate of 92.0%.
  • l) The IceCaps have scored 4 goals on their last 22 chances on the power play over the last games for a 18.2% success rate.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Jakub Vrana of Hershey with 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Riley Barber of Hershey with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Chris Terry of St. John’s with 1 goal, 7 shots and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Charles Hudon with 1 assist, 3 shots and an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Pheonix Copley of Hershey who stopped 35 of 36.
  • 2nd Star: Jakub Vrana of Hershey with 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Riley Barber of Hershey with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Chris Terry of with 1 goal, 7 shots and an even rating.

12   St. John’s drops a 2-1 heartbreaker to the Hershey Bears in front of 4211 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Riley Barber opens the scoring at 13:23 of the first period putting the Bears up 1-0 with assists going to Travis Boyd and Jakub Vrana.

There would be no scoring in the second period with the IceCaps outshooting the Bears 11-7.

Jakub Vrana makes it 2-0 at 3:16 of the third period with Riley Barber drawing the lone assist on the play.

Chris Terry gets his 25th of the year on the power play to make it a one goal game at 14:55 of the third with helpers going to Joel Hanley and Charles Hudon.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 26 of 28 shots in a losing cause while Pheonix Copley would stop 35 of 36 to pick up the win. Final Score: 2-1 Bears.

Next game for the IceCaps Friday, Mar. 31 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Binghamton Senators.

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