Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Utica Comets at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York.
1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:
Hudon – Terry – Scherbak Redmond – Brouillette
Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg Parisi – Lernout
Veilleux – Audette – Farnham Lowe – Didier
Broll – Petti – Camara
Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Fucale
Scratches: Hanley, Billingsley, MacMillan, Carr, Eisenschmid, Asselin, Johnston, Danis and Gregoire.
IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Crisp and Gagnon.
2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 6 tonight to bring their season total to 53 for 283 for a 18.7% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 10th ranked PP in the league with a 19.1% success rate and have given up 6 shorthanded goals.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 246 for 306 for a 80.4% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 25th ranked PK in the league with a 80.1% success and have scored 9 shorthanded goals.
4 The IceCaps out shot the Comets 26-25. Audette led the IceCaps with 4 shots while Valk led the Comet with 4 shots. (1st period 8-6 IceCaps, 2nd period 13-5 Comets, 3rd period 13-6 IceCaps)
5 This was the 8th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 6-2-0-0 record scoring 23 while giving up 18.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 35-29-8-2 scoring 209 while giving up 214. Their road record is 19-15-3-1 scoring 104 while giving up 101 while their home record now stands at 16-14-5-1 scoring 105 while giving up 113.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-4-1-1 scoring 28 while giving up 28. The IceCaps are currently in 5th place in the division .048 pct behind division leader Toronto and are 10th in the conference .174 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 35-29-8-2 scoring 209 while giving up 214. Last year their record was 31-32-8-3 scoring 203 and giving up 238.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Charlie Lindgren makes 25 saves picking up the shutout to lead the IceCaps to a 1-0 victory over the Utica Comets in front of 3870 fans at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York.
The first period would be scoreless with the IceCaps outshooting the Comets 8-6.
Josiah Didier gets his 2nd of the year from Nikita Scherbak at 17:35 of the second period to put the IceCaps up 1-0.
The third period would be scoreless with the IceCaps outshooting the comets 13-6.
Charlie Lindgren would stop 24 of 24 shots to pick up the win while Thatcher Demko would stop 22 of 27 in a losing cause. Final Score: 1-0 IceCaps.
Next game for the IceCaps Friday, Apr. 14 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Toronto Marlies.