Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Utica Comets game 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 – Scherbak – Holloway Hanley – Johnston
Yogan – Dumont – Friberg Joyaux – Ellis
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire Didier – Lernout
Scott – Bozon – Ranger
Starting Goalie: Fucale
Scratches: Brown, Bakker, Miceli, Ward and Bennett
Injuries: Crisp (out for season), Eisenschmid and Bournival (out for season)
IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto, McCarron, Lessio, de la Rose, Bartley, Dietz and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower
2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 46 for 245 for a 18.8% success rate. The power play entered the game in 8th place scoring 46 goals on 242 attempts for a 19.0% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. On the road the power play entered the game in 17th place scoring 18 times on 118 attempts for a 15.3% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 224 for 260 for a 85.9% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 6th place giving just 36 goals on 256 attempts for a 85.9% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 2nd place giving up 16 goals on 117 attempts for a success rate of 86.2%.
4 The IceCaps were outshot by the Comets 31-21. Hudon, Friberg and Gregoire led the Icecaps and all players with 3 shots each while 6 Comets also had 3 shots each. (1st period 10-7 Comets, 2nd period 7-7 tie, 3rd period 14-5 Comets, OT period 2-0 IceCaps)
5 This was the 6th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 3-2-1-0 record scoring 12 while giving up 15.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 28-25-8-3 scoring 177 while giving up 196. Their road record is 13-15-2-2 scoring 77 while giving up 96 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 5-4-1-0 scoring 27 while giving up 26. They entered the game in 5th place in their division, 11th place in the conference and 21st place in the league and are .222 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 28-25-8-3 scoring 177 while giving up 196. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 30-25-9-0 scoring 173 and giving up 169.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Zach Fucale makes thirty saves to lead the IceCaps to a 2-1 win over the Utica Comets in front of 3860 fans at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York.
Jeremy Gregoire gets the Icecaps on the board first with a goal from the slot at 2:25 of the opening period with the lone assist going to Mark MacMillan.
The second period would be a scoreless affair with both teams recording seven shots on goal.
Carter Bancks ties the game at 9:53 of the third period with helpers going to Mike Pereira and Taylor Fedun.
Max Friberg ends the game at 1:19 of overtime scoring his 11th of the year from Morgan Ellis.
Zach Fucale would stop 30 of 31 shots to get the win while Joe Cannata would stop 19 of 21 in a losing cause. Final score: 2-1 IceCaps.
Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Mar. 19 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York where they take on the Syracuse Crunch.
13 A look at the periods: