IceCaps – Comets: A Numbers Game (Jan. 17, 2017)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Utica Comets 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:

Hudon – McCarron – Terry                                                         Brouillette – Lernout

Matteau – Audette – Scherbak                                                   Parisi – Hanley

Veilleux – Farnham – Friberg                                                      Samuelsson – Didier

Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: J. McCarron, Camara, Ranger and Racine

Injuries: Eisenschmid

IceCaps in Montreal: Carr, Barberio, Terry, Johnston, Andrighetto and de la Rose

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp and Gagnon


  • McCarron was sent to St. John’s on Jan. 16.
  • de la Rose was recalled to Montreal on Jan. 15.

2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 3 to bring their season total to 34 for 152 for a 22.4% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 6th ranked PP in the league with a 22.8% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 3 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 127 for 165 for a 77.0%  success rate Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 28th ranked PK in the league with a 76.5% success rate and have scored 3 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps were out-shot by the Comets 33-28. McCarron led the IceCaps with 4 shots while Pelletier, McEneny and Zalewski led the Comets with 4 shots each. (1st period 12-7 Comets,   2nd period 12-11 Comets, 3rd period 10-9 IceCaps)

5 This was the 6th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 5-1-0-0 record scoring 21 while giving up 15.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 19-15-4-1 scoring 111 while giving up 119. Their road record is 10-8-3-1 scoring 59 while giving up 64 while their home record now stands at 9-7-1-0   scoring 52 while giving up 55.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-3-1-1 scoring 25 while giving up 30. The IceCaps are currently in 3rd place in the division .069 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 8th in the conference .190 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 19-15-4-1 scoring 111 while giving up 119. Last year their record was 17-14-5-3 scoring 117 and giving up 130.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren has now lost 5 in a row going 0-3-1-1 giving up 19 goals on 127 shots for a SV% of .850.
  • b) Parisi, MacMillan and Broll were all held shot-less tonight.
  • c) Hudon had 1 goal, 2 shots and a +1 rating in his 1st game back from injury.
  • d) McCarron +2, Hudon +1 and Brouillette +1 were the only Icecaps with positive ratings tonight.
  • e) Playing in his 1st game since being sent down McCarron recorded 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • f) Samuelson, McCarron and Scherbak were the only IceCaps to have 3 or more shots tonight.
  • g) Terry had 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot and an even rating since clearing waivers.
  • h) Hanley, MacMillan and Parisi all finished the game with a -3 rating.
  • i) Pellitier, Kunyk and Zalewski of the Comets all finished the game at +4.
  • j) Terry picked up 1 goal and 1 assist to extend his point streak to 8 games in which he has scored 6 goals and 9 assists.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Pascal Pelletier of Utica with 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +4 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Evan McEneny of Utica with 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Michael McCarron of St. John’s with 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Chris Terry with 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot and an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Pascal Pelletier of Utica with 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +4 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Evan McEneny of Utica with 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Cody Kunyk of Utica with 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +4 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Michael McCarron with 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.

12  The Utica Comets beat St. John’s for the first time in six tries this season 5-2 in front of 3407 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Pascal Pelletier gets the Comets on the board first scoring at 2:21 of the opening frame with the assist going to Cody Kunyk.

Charles Hudon ties the game scoring his 11th of the year at 4:23 of the first with helpers going to Michael McCarron and Chris Terry.

Evan McEneny puts the Comets back on top 2-1 at 8:22 of the first with assists going to Michael Carcone and Ashton Sautner.

Pascal Pelletier scores his second of the night at 5:57 of the middle frame with Jordan Subban and Evan McEneny drawing the assists.

Chris Terry makes it a 3-2 game at 6:51 of the third period with assists going to Michael McCarron and Josiah Didier.

Cody Kunyk scores to make it 4-2 at 13:36 of the third with assists going to Evan McEneny and Mike Zalewski.

Cody Kunyk gets his second of the night at 17:55 of the third putting the Comets up 5-2 with assists going to Mike Zalewski and Pascal Pelletier.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 28 of 33 shots in a losing cause while Richard Bachman would stop 26 of 28 shots to pick up the win. Final Score: 5-2 Comets.

Next game for the IceCaps is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Utica Comets.

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