IceCaps – Comets: A Numbers Game (Dec. 28, 2016)

Parisi with his first goal of the season for the IceCaps.

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Utica Comets game at the Utica Memorial Arena in Utica, New York

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

Matteau – Audette – Scherbak                                                                              Brouillette – Hanley

Farnham – de la Rose – Friberg                                                                            Parisi – Lernout

Veilleux – Eisenschmid – Gregoire                                                                         Didier – Samuelsson

Broll – MacMillan –                                                                                                  Racine

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Pitton

Scratches: Crisp, Danis, MacLean and Gagnon

Injuries:  Hudon

IceCaps in Montreal: Carr, Barberio, Terry, Johnston, Andrighetto and McCarron

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower

Notes:

  •  Andrighetto was recalled to Montreal on Dec. 26.
  • Johnston was recalled to Montreal on Dec. 27.
  • Fucale was loaned to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup.

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 to bring their season total to 31 for 125 for a 24.8% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 5th ranked PP in the league with a 24.8% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 7 for 8 tonight and scored a shorthanded goal to bring their season total to 110 for 138 for a 79.7% success rate Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 22nd ranked PK in the league with a 79.2% success rate and have scored 2 shortys.

The IceCaps were out-shot by the Comets 33-27. Scherbak led the IceCaps and all players with 4 shots while Subban, Valk, Virtanen and Grenier led the Comets and all players with 4 shots each. (1st period 11-7 Comets, 2nd period 13-10 IceCaps, 3rd period 12-2 Comets, OT period 2-0 IceCaps)

5 This was the 4th of 12 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 4-0-0-0 record scoring 17 while giving up 9.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 16-12-3-0 scoring 92 while giving up 93. Their road record is 8-6-3-0 scoring 47 while giving up 47 while their home record now stands at 8-6-0-0 scoring 45 while giving up 46.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 6-2-2-0 scoring 29 while giving up 28. The IceCaps are currently in 3rd place in the division .175 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 8th in the conference .226 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 16-12-3-0 scoring 92 while giving up 93. Last year their record was 15-8-5-3 scoring 96 and giving up 99.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Scherbak had 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating in his 1st game back from injury.
  • b) de la Rose had an assist giving him 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 7 games.
  • c) Lindgren has now won 3 in a row giving up 4 goal on 91 shots for a SV% of .983.
  • d) Over Lindgren’s last 5 games he has given up 10 goals on 158 shots for a SV% of .937 and has a record of 3-1-1-0.
  • e) Veilleux had a team low -2 rating while Parisi, Farnham, Audette and Scherbak were all a team high +2.
  • f) Parisi scored his 1st goal of the season and had his 1st multi point game of the year.
  • g) The IceCaps have now been out-shot 20 times in 31 games with a record of 11-6-3-0 in those games.
  • h) Audette picked up 1 goal and 2 assists giving him 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • i) This was the 9th time that the IceCaps went to OT this season improving their record to 3 OTW, 3 OTL, 3 SOW and 0 SOL.
  • j) The IceCaps haven’t given up just 2 power play goal in their last 6 games stopping 24 of 26 attempt for a 92.3% success rate.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Daniel Audette of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Curtis Valk of Utica with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shot and an even rating.
  • 3rd Star: Pascal Pelletier of Utica with 1 goal, 1 shot and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Josiah Didier with an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Daniel Audette of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Bobby Farnham of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Curtis Valk of Utica with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shot and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Nikita Scherbak with 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.

12  Daniel Audette picks up 3 points including the game winning goal in overtime to lead the IceCaps to a 4-3 win over the Comets in front of 3870 fans at the Utica Memorial Arena in Utica, New York

Curtis Valk gets the Comets on the board first scoring at 3:20 of the opening period with Alexandre Grenier drawing the lone assist.

Just over a minute later Bobby Farnham would score on the icecaps first shot of the game to tie the game with assists going to Daniel Audette and Tom Parisi.

Jordan Subban scores with a blast from the point on the power play at 6:26 of the first period to put the Comets up 2-1 with the lone assist going to Curtis Valk.

Tom Parisi scores his first of the year at 15:01 of the second to tie the game  2-2 with assists going to Daniel Audette and Nikita Scherbak.

Pascal Pelletier would put the Comets back on top scoring at 16:05 of the middle frame with helpers going to Jake Virtanen and Cody Kunyk.

Just under two minutes later Mark MacMillian would tie the game with assists going to David Broll and Bobby Farnham.

The third period would be scoreless with Utica out-shooting the IceCaps 12-4.

Daniel Audette scores the game winner on the power play at 2:44 of overtime with assists going to Nikita Scherbak and Jacob de la Rose.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 30 of 33 shots in the win while Thatcher Demko would stop 23 of 27 on the losing side. Final Score: 4-3 IceCaps in OT.

Next game for the IceCaps is Friday, Dec. 30 at the Utica Memorial Arena in Utica, New York where they take on the Utica Comets.

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