IceCaps – Crunch: A Numbers Game (Feb. 10, 2016)

Scherbak celebrates tying the game in the 3rd (Photo: IceCaps)

Scherbak celebrates tying the game in the 3rd (Photo: IceCaps)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Syracuse Crunch 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

Friberg – McCarron – Dumont                            Hanley – Lernout

McNally – MacMillan – Bozon                             Johnston – Dietz

Bakker – Miceli – Ranger

Starting Goalie: Fucale

Scratches: Scott, Gregoire and Bennett

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

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

IceCaps in Brampton: Brown

Notes: John Scott is away due to birth of his twin daughters.

2  The IceCaps power play went 3 for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 35 for 188 for a 18.6% success rate. The power play entered the game in 13th place scoring 32 goals on 181 attempts for a 17.4% success rate along with giving up 3 shorthanded goals. At home the power play entered the game in 12th place scoring just 18 times on 93 attempts for a 17.8% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 173 for 206 for a 84.0% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 12th place giving just 32 goals on 204 attempts for a 84.3% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 18th place giving up 17 goals on 104 attempts for a success rate of 83.7%.

4  The IceCaps were outshot by the Crunch 39-19Scherbak led the Icecaps with 3 shots while Blunden led the Crunch and all players with 8 shots. (1st period 12-5 Crunch, 2nd period 19-8 Crunch, 3rd period 7-5 Crunch, OT period 1-1 tie )

5  This was the 4th of 6 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 3-0-1-0 record scoring 13 while giving up 8.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 21-18-7-3 scoring 141 while giving up 159. Their road record is 10-11-2-2 scoring 61 while giving up 78 while their home record now stands at 11-7-5-1 scoring 79 while giving up 81.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-4-2-0 scoring 24 while giving up 29. They entered the game in 5th place in their division, 11th place in the conference and 22nd place in the league and are .275 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 21-18-7-3 scoring 141 while giving up 159. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 24-19-6-0 scoring 130 and giving up 126.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Bartley gets his 1st goal as an IceCap.
  • b) This was the 28th time the IceCaps scored 1st giving them a record of 17-7-4-0.
  • d) Fucale has a record of 2-3-0-0 in his last 5 starts giving up 13 goals on 106 shots for a SV% of .906.
  • e) St. John’s has a record of 6-10-2-1 in their last 19 games scoring 47 while giving up 63.
  • f) Johnston had 2 assists giving him 6 points in 10 games played this year.
  • g) Scherbak scored a goal giving him a 2 game goal scoring streak.
  • h) Ellis had an assist giving him 1 goal and 3 assist over his last 4 games played.
  • i) The IceCaps have scored 5 power play goals in their last 8 chances over 2 games.
  • j) Hudon scored a goal and an assist giving him 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • k) This was the 15th time that the Icecaps have gone to OT with a record of 4 OTW, 7 OTL, 1 SOW and 3 SOL.
  • l) Ellis was the only IceCap with a positive rating going +1 for the night while Hanley was a team low -2.
  • m) Of the 7 goals scored tonight 4 were on the power play 3 by the IceCaps and 1 by the Crunch.
  • n) Bozon picked up an assist breaking an 8 game scoreless streak.
  • o) Former Hab Blunden had 0 points, 8 shots and an even rating
  • p) This was the 2nd time this year that the IceCaps scored 3 power play goals in a game. Note: Last time they did it was Nov. 29 when they beat the Marlies 5-1 and went 3 for 10 on the PP.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Charles Hudon of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Zach Fucale of St. John’s who stopped 36 of 39 shots
  • 3rd Star: Slater Koekkoek of Syracuse with 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Mark MacMillan with 1 goal, 2 shots and an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Zach Fucale of St. John’s who stopped 36 of 39 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Charles Hudon of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot and an even rating.
  • 3rd Star: Slater Koekkoek of Syracuse with 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Ryan Johnston with 2 assists and a -1 rating.

12 Charles Hudon scores a highlight reel goal in overtime to lead St. John’s to a 4-3 overtime victory over Syracuse in front of 5135 fans at the Mile One Center in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Victor Bartley opens the scoring with a blast from the point on the power play at 3:26 of the first period with the lone assist going to Ryan Johnston.

MacMillan made it 2-0 for St. John's (Photo: IceCaps)

MacMillan made it 2-0 for St. John’s (Photo: IceCaps)

Mark MacMillan would make it 2-0 IceCaps scoring on the power play at 7:01 of the first with assists to Tim Bozon and Ryan Johnston.

Less than a minute later Slater Koekkoek would cut the lead in half with Daniel Walcott drawing the lone assist.

Dylan Blujus would tie the game scoring a power play goal at 14:26 of the opening period with helpers going to Slater Koekkoek and Tye McGinn.

Andrew Yogan would beat Zach Fucale top shelf to put te Crunch up 3-2 at 16:30 of the second period with the lone assist going to Daniel Walcott.

Nikita Scherbak ties the game scoring a power play goal at the five-minute mark of the third period with assists to Morgan Ellis and Charles Hudon.

Charles Hudon picks up a loose puck in his own end and breaks in all alone on Kristers Gudlevskis and beats him at 1:45 of the overtime period to end the game.

Zach Fucale would stop 36 of 39 to get the win and shutout while Kristers Gudlevskis would stop just 15 of 19 in a losing cause. Final score: 4-3 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Feb. 12 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Toronto Marlies.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • Crunch 5-4 on the shot clock but 2-1 IceCaps on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Crunch 7-1 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Dietz vs. McGinn edge to Dietz.
  • Dumont vs. Angelidis draw.
  • Crunch were the better team in the period.

2nd Period:

  • Crunch 13-1 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 7-6 on the shot clock but 1-0 Crunch on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps ran into penalty trouble having to kill off a 5 minute major for boarding.
  • Blunden and Ikoen had 4 shots each on goal in the period matching the IceCaps total for the period.
  • Crunch walking all over them Fucale keeping it close.

3rd Period:

  • 3-3 tie on the shot clock and 1-0 IceCaps on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Crunch 4-2 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • St. John’s best period of the night.

OT Period:

  • 1-1 on the shot clock and 1-0 IceCaps on the scoreboard.
  • Fucale was the difference in this game.

 

Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

The Brampton Beast don’t play again until Friday Feb. 12 when they take on the Toledo Walleye at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton Ontario. 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  has played 45 games scored 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points to go along with a -5 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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