IceCaps – Comets: A Numbers Game (Feb. 5, 2016)

St. John's wearing their tribute Regiment jersey (Photo: IceCaps)

St. John’s wearing their tribute Regiment jersey (Photo: IceCaps)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Utica Comets game at the Mile One  Center in St. John’s Newfoundland.

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

Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway                             Bartley– Ellis

de la Rose – McCarron – Friberg                         Hanley – Lernout

MacMillan – Dumont – Bozon                             Johnston – Dietz

McNally – Miceli – Ranger

Starting Goalie: Fucale

Scratches: Scott, Gregoire, Bennett and Bakker

Injuries: Crisp (concussion), Eisenschmid, Didier and Bournival

IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto, Lessio and Carr

IceCaps in Brampton: Brown

Notes:

  • John Scott is away for the NHL all-star break and birth of his daughters.
  • Alexandre Ranger and Shane Bakker were signed to 25 game PTO’s earlier in the week.

2  The IceCaps power play went 2 for 9 tonight to bring their season total to 30 for 177 for a 16.9% success rate. The power play entered the game in 15th place scoring 28 goals on 168 attempts for a 16.7% success rate along with giving up 3 shorthanded goals. At home the power play entered the game in 17th place scoring just 14 times on 77 attempts for a 18.2% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 164 for 195 for a 84.1% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 15th place giving just 31 goals on 191 attempts for a 83.8% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 23rd place giving up 16 goals on 91 attempts for a success rate of 82.4%.

4  The IceCaps outshot the Comets 42-32McCarron and Ellis led the Icecaps and all players with 6 shots each while Grenier and Pedan led the comets with 4 shots each. (1st period 14-14 tie, 2nd period 10-5 IceCaps, 3rd period 18-13 IceCaps )

5  This was the 3rd of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 2-1-0-0 record scoring 7 while giving up 7.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 19-18-6-3 scoring 131 while giving up 153. Their road record is 10-11-2-2 scoring 61 while giving up 78 while their home record now stands at 9-7-4-1 scoring 69 while giving up 75.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 3-6-1-0 scoring 27 while giving up 39. They entered the game in 5th place in their division .013 behind Utica for the final playoff spot and .280 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 19-18-6-3 scoring 131 while giving up 153. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 22-17-6-0 scoring 119 and giving up 116.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Fucale stopped just 1 of 4 shots and has now lost 3 in a row giving up 10 goals on 67 shots for a SV% of .851.
  • b) Fucale’s record over his last 6 starts is 2-3-1-0 giving up 19 goals on 155 shots for a SV% of .877.
  • d) Hudon picked up an assist giving him 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games played.
  • e) IceCaps have now lost 4 in a row and have been outscored 17-6 in those games.
  • f) The IceCaps have scored 2 or less goals 24 times this season giving them a record of 2-16-4-2 in those games scoring 36 while giving up 85 goals
  • g) Miceli, McNally and Johnston were the only IceCaps not to have a shot on goal tonight.
  • h) Holloway scored a goal giving him 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games played.
  • i) LaBate of the Comets needed an assist to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick.
  • j) The IceCaps failed to score an even strength goal tonight with both goals coming on the power play.
  • k) Miceli, McNally and Ranger were the only IceCaps not to have a minus rating each finished the game even.
  • l) P.K. Subban’s little brother Jordan had 0 points, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • m) Former Hab Prust was a scratch for this one while former Hab Higgins had 1 assist, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • n) Friberg picked up an assist giving him 1 goal, 4 assists in his last 7 games played.
  • o) Bartley was a game worst -3 tonight.
  • p)  Pasquale stopped 26 of 28 shots tonight over his last 3 appearances he has a record of 1-1-0-0 stopping 89 of 96 shots for a SV% of .927.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Richard Bachman of Utica who stopped 40 of 42 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Wacey Hamilton of Utica with 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Carter Bancks of Utica with 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Eddie Pasquale who stopped 26 of 28 shots.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Richard Bachman of Utica who stopped 40 of 42 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Wacey Hamilton of Utica with 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Carter Bancks of Utica with 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Eddie Pasquale who stopped 26 of 28 shots.

12  Zach Fucale gives up 3 goals in the first 5 minutes of the game as the IceCaps get beat 5-2 by the Comets in front of 6039 fans at the Mile One Center in St. John’s Newfoundland

 Wacey Hamilton scores a softy at the sixteen second mark of the opening period to put the Comets up 1-0 with helpers going to Chris Higgins and Carter Bancks.

Joseph LaBate beats Zach Fucale on a backhanded dump in from the blue line at 3:13 of the first period to make it 2-0 with the lone assist going to Travis Ehrhardt.

Just over two minutes later Hunter Shinkaruk puts the Comets up 3-0 with assists to Mike Zalewski and Jon Landry.

Bud Holloway cuts into the deficit (Photo: IceCaps)

Bud Holloway cuts into the deficit (Photo: IceCaps)

Bud Holloway scores on a 5-on-3 powerplay at 15:27 of the first making it 3-1 with assists going to Charles Hudon and Morgan Ellis.

Carter Bancks makes it a 4-1 game at 16:19 of the second with assists going to Wacey Hamilton and John Negrin.

Wacey Hamilton gets his 2nd of the game at 14:48 of the third period to put Utica up 5-1 assist would go to Carter Bancks and John Negrin.

With under three minutes to go in the game Jacob de la Rose scores on the power play to make it 5-2 Max Friberg and Ryan Johnston would get the helpers.

Zach Fucale would stop only 1 of 4 shots to get the loss before being replaced by Eddie Pasquale who stopped 22 of 26 in a mop up roll while Richard Bachman would stop 40 of 42 to pick up the win. Final score: 5-2 Comets.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Feb. 6 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Comets again.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • Comets 6-4 on the shot clock and 3-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 10-8 on the shot clock but 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Fucale made just 1 save on 4 shots in the period before being replaced by Pasquale.
  • Ellis, Bartley, MacMillan, Bozon and Dumont were all -2 in the period.
  • Pretty even period 2 of the goals were softies.

2nd Period:

  • IceCaps 4-2 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 6-3 on the shot clock but 1-0 Comets on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Pedan had 3 of the 5 Comet shots in the period.
  • IceCaps were the better team in the period but just couldn’t beat Bachman.

3rd Period:

  • IceCaps 10-8 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Icecaps 8-5 on the shot clock and 1-1 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Another good period by the IceCaps they just couldn’t beat Bachman.
  • McNally vs LaBate not much of a fight more like a wrestling match.
  • McCarron and Ellis had 3 shots each in the period.

 

Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

The Brampton Beast drop a 4-3 decision in a shootout to the South Carolina Stingrays in front of 3523 fans at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston South Carolina. Brampton now has a record of 14-20-6-3  scoring 111 goals while giving up 147. They are in last place in their division with 37 points, 21 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.

Travis Brown had 0 goals, assists for 16 points to go along with a -2 rating.

Angelo Miceli has played 25 games scored 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points to go along with a -9 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Branden McNally has played 7 games scored 0 goals and 1 assist for 1 point to go along with a -4 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Tim Bozon has played 15 games scored 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points to go along with a -6 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Dalton Thrower has played 8 games scored 0 goals and 2 assists for 2 points to go along with a -5 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Mark MacMillan has played 6 games scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points to go along with a -2 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Josiah Didier has played 4 games scored 1 goal and 0 assists for 1 point to go along with an even rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Eddie Pasquale has played 12 games going 4-6-1-1 with a GAA of 3.47 and a SV% of .890. Currently in St. John’s.

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