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 29-25. Didier 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:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
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 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: