IceCaps – Bears: A Numbers Game (Mar. 13, 2016)

John Scott levelled the game by going shelf (Photo: IceCaps)

John Scott levelled the game by going shelf (Photo: IceCaps)

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

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

Scherbak – Dumont – Holloway                                Hanley – Johnston

McNally – Yogan – Friberg                                        Bennett – Ellis

Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire                                   Didier – Lernout

Scott – Miceli – Ranger

Starting Goalie: Pasquale

Scratches: Brown and Bakker

Injuries: Crisp, Eisenschmid and Bournival

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

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower


2  The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 46 for 242 for a 19.0% success rate. The power play entered the game in 9th place scoring 45 goals on 238 attempts for a 18.9% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. At home the power play entered the game in 4th place scoring 27 times on 120 attempts for a 22.6% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 220 for 256 for a 85.9% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 6th place giving just 36 goals on 252 attempts for a 85.7% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 12th place giving up 20 goals on 135 attempts for a success rate of 85.2%.

4  The IceCaps were outshot by the Bears 29-25Didier and Ellis led the Icecaps with 4 shots each while Stephenson led the Bears and all players with 6 shots. (1st period 11-8 Bears, 2nd period 6-5 Bears, 3rd period 12-12 tie  )

5  This was the 4th of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 2-2-0-0 record scoring 10 while giving up 11.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 27-25-8-3 scoring 175 while giving up 195. Their road record is 12-15-2-2 scoring 75 while giving up 95 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 26 while giving up 29. They entered the game in 5th place in their division, 11th place in the conference and 21st place in the league and are .226 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 27-25-8-3 scoring 175 while giving up 195. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 30-23-9-0 scoring 171 and giving up 163.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Pasquale lost for the 1st time in 5 games going 4-1-0 over that span stopping 128 of 136 shots for a SV% of .941.
  • b) Scott scored his 1st goal at the Mile One Centre and now has 2 goals and 2 assists in 18 games played.
  • c) MacMillan, Bozon, Johnston, Gregoire and Ranger were all held off the shot clock tonight.
  • d) Ellis had an assist giving him 2 points since being sent back by the Habs 4 games ago.
  • e)  St. John’s has given up just 5 power play goals on 64 chances over their last 17 games for a 92.2% success rate.
  • f) Dumont scored a goal giving him 3 goals and 5 assists since returning from injury 8 games ago.
  • g) Bennet and Ellis finished with a -3 rating each while Ellis was on the ice for 4 of the 5 goals scored tonight.
  • h) Holloway had an assist giving him 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 8 games played.
  • i)  Yogan failed to pick up a point ending his point streak at 5 games.
  • j) The IceCaps PP has scored 17 goals on its last 72 chances for success rate of 23.6% over their last 17 games.
  • m)  The 1st PP unit consisted of Dumont, Scherbak, Friberg, Holloway and Ellis.
  • n) This was the 32nd time this season that the IceCaps have scored 2 goals or less in a game going 3-22-5-2 scoring 47 goals while giving up 118.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Zach Sill of Hershey with 1 goal, 1 shot and a +1 rating
  • 2nd Star: John Scott of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 shot and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Chandler Stephenson of Hershey with 1 assist, 6 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Alexandre Ranger with 1 assist and a +1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Erik Burgdoerfer of Hershey with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Chris Bourque of Hershey with 1 goal, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Chandler Stephenson of Hershey with 1 assist, 6 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Eddie Pasquale who stopped 26 of 29 shots.

12 St. John’s gives up a late goal dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Hershey Bears in front of 5931 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Chris Bourque opens the scoring at 7:48 of the first period making it 1-0 Bears with the lone assist going to Chandler Stephenson.

Gabriel Dumont got St. John's on the board (Photo: IceCaps)

Gabriel Dumont got St. John’s on the board (Photo: IceCaps)

Gabriel Dumont buries a Morgan Ellis point shot on the power play at 2:59 of the second period to tie the game with Bud Holloway picking up the other assist.

Erik Burgdoerfer scores on a shot from the point off the face off at 11:34 of the second period to put the Bears up 2-1 with helpers going to Sean Collins and Nathan Walker.

With a delayed penalty coming to the Bears John Scott scores at 4:04 of the third frame to tie the game 2-2 with assists going to Brett Lernout and Alexandre Ranger.

Zack Sill breaks the tie with just over a minute to go beating Eddie Pasquale glove side high with helpers going to Ryan Bourque and Erik Burgdoerfer.

Eddie Pasquale would stop 26 of 29 shots in a losing cause while Justin Peters  would stop 23 of 25 in a losing cause. Final score: 3-2 Bears

Next game for the IceCaps is on Friday Mar. 18 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York where they take on the Utica Comets.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • 4-4 tie on the shot clock and 1-0 Bears on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Bears 7-4  on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Pretty close period IceCaps had their chances.

2nd Period:

  • IceCaps 5-1 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Bears 6-1 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps ran into penalty trouble having to kill off a 4 minute double minor to Scott.
  • All Icecaps 1st half of the period then all Bears the 2nd half.

3rd Period:

  • IceCaps 6-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Bears 9-6 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Another close period they just couldn’t beat Peters..
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