1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:
Hudon – Terry – Scherbak Hanley – Lernout
Matteau – de la Rose – Farnham Lowe – Parisi
Friberg – Audette – Carr Brouillette – Didier
Veilleux – MacMillan – Gregoire
Starting Goalie: Danis
Backup Goalie: Lindgren
Scratches: Johnston, Camara and Broll.
Injuries: Eisenschmid and Redmond (day-to-day)
IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp, Asselin and Gagnon.
2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 4 to bring their season total to 43 for 241 for a 17.8% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 12th ranked PP in the league with a 18.1% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 5 tonight and scored a shorthanded goal to bring their season total to 206 for 262 for a 78.6% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 27th ranked PK in the league with a 78.6% success and have scored 5 shorthanded goals.
4 The IceCaps were out shot by the Crunch 33-31. Hudon led the IceCaps with 6 shots while Blujus, Condra, Lynch and Thomas led the Crunch with 4 shots each. (1st period 13-11 Crunch, 2nd period 9-8 IceCaps, 3rd period 10-8 Crunch, OT period 3-2 IceCaps)
5 This was the 8th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 4-4-0-0 record scoring 26 while giving up 28.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 29-25-7-1 scoring 176 while giving up 185. Their road record is 17-13-3-1 scoring 93 while giving up 92 while their home record now stands at 12-12-4-0 scoring 83 while giving up 93.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 6-3-1-0 scoring 31 while giving up 24. The IceCaps are currently in 5th place in the division .058 pct behind division leader Syracuse and are 10th in the conference .167 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 29-25-7-1 scoring 176 while giving up 185. Last year their record was 27-24-8-3 scoring 171 and giving up 196.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Charles Hudon picks up two points to lead the IceCaps to a 3-2 OT victory over the Syracuse Crunch in front of 5902 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.
Byron Froese gets the Crunch on the board first scoring at 12:49 of the first period with assists going to Henri Ikonen and Joel Vermin.
Chris Terry with his 23rd of the year ties the game 1-1 at 16:31 of the first with Charles Hudon and Nikita Scherbak drawing the assists.
Jacob de la Rose scores shorthanded at 14:29 of the second period to put the IceCaps up 2-1 with Josiah Didier picking up the lone assist on the play.
Tye McGinn ties the game at 2:30 of the third scoring on the power play with assists going to Matt Toarmina and Joel Vermin.
Charles Hudon would end the game at 1:40 of overtime scoring his 22nd of the year with the lone assist going to Daniel Audette.
Yann Danis would stop 31 of 33 shots to pick up the win while Mike McKenna who would stop 28 of 31 in a losing cause. Final Score: 3-2 IceCaps in OT.
Next game for the IceCaps Friday, Mar. 17 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Rochester Americans.