IceCaps – Crunch: A Numbers Game (Mar. 8, 2017)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.

 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 – Carr                                                                     Parisi – Lowe

Veilleux – Audette – Friberg                                                                       Brouillette – Johnston

Broll – Farnham – Camara

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: Didier, Gregoire and MacMillan .

Injuries: Eisenschmid and Redmond (day-to-day)

IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp, Asselin and Gagnon.


  • Ranger was released from his PTO on Mar. 7.
  • Guillaume Asselin was signed tp a 1 year AHL/ECHL contract and assigned to Brampton on Mar. 7.
  • Camara resigned to a PTO Mar. 8.

2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 4 to bring their season total to 43 for 235 for a 18.3% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 11th ranked PP in the league with a 18.6% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 7 tonight to bring their season total to 199 for 254 for a 78.9% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 27th ranked PK in the league with a 78.3% success and have scored 5 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps and Crunch finished the game with 26 shots each. Terry led the IceCaps with 6 shots while Conacher  led the Crunch with 4 shots. (1st period 14-5 IceCaps, 2nd period 13-6 Crunch, 3rd period 9-6 Crunch)

5 This was the 7th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 3-4-0-0 record scoring 23 while giving up 26.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 27-25-7-1 scoring 170 while giving up 181. Their road record is 15-13-3-1 scoring 87 while giving up 88 while their home record now stands at 12-12-4-0 scoring 83 while giving up 92.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-4-2-0 scoring 32 while giving up 29. The IceCaps are currently in 5th place in the division .061 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 10th in the conference  .173 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 27-25-7-1 scoring 170 while giving up 181. Last year their record was 26-23-8-3 scoring 168 and giving up 191.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 3 goals on 26 shots for a SV% of .885.
  • b) Lindgren has a record of 1-2-1-0 over his last 5 starts giving up 11 goals on 100 shots for a SV% of .939.
  • c) This is the 4th time this year that the IceCaps have given up 3 power play goals in a game.
  • d) de la Rose picked up an assist giving him 1 goal and 2 assist in his last 4 games played.
  • e) Since coming back 4 games ago Carr has 0 goals, 0 assists, 10 shots and a -1 rating.
  • f) Hudon, Carr and Terry had 0 points, 15 shots and a -3 rating. They had 15 of the 27 shots taken tonight including 9 of 15 in the 1st period.
  • g) Matteau needed an assist to complete the Gordie Howe hat-trick.
  • h) Conacher of the Crunch was on the ice for all 6 goals finishing the game with a -1 rating.
  • i) Broll, Scherbak, Camara, Lernout, Farnham, Audette and Veilleux were all held shot-less tonight.
  • j) Matteau had a goal giving him 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3 games for a 3 game point streak.
  • k) Over their last 6 games St. John’s has given up 4 power play goals on 26 chances for a success rate of 84.6%.
  • l) The IceCaps have scored 1 goal on their last 20 chances on the power play over the last games for a 5.0 % success rat
  • m) Former Habs Dumont with Tampa Bay, Bournival not dressed and Racine 0 points, 0 shots and a 0 rating.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Cory Conacher of Syracuse with 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 shots and a -1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Kristers Gudlevskis of Syracuse who sopped 25 of 27 shots.
  • 3rd Star: Erik Condra of Syracuse with 2 assists and a -1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Daniel Carr with 5 shots and a -1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Cory Conacher of Syracuse with 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 shots and a -1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Matthew Peca of Syracuse with 2 assists, 1 shot and an even rating.
  • 3rd Star: Erik Condra of Syracuse with 2 assists and a -1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Daniel Carr with 5 shots and a -1 rating.

12  St. John’s gives up three power play goals on their way to a 4-2 loss to the Crunch in front of 4126 fans at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.

Adam Comrie scores on the power play with less than a minute to go in the first period to put the Crunch up 1-0 with assists going to Cory Conacher and Erik Condra.

Tye McGinn makes it 2-0 at 1:44 of the second period scoring on the power play to make it 2-0 with assists going to Cory Conacher and Matthew Peca.

Max Friberg cut the lead in half at 12:01 of the second period scoring his 9th of the year with helpers going to Julien Brouillette and Jacob de la Rose.

Cory Conacher restores Syracuse’s two goal lead scoring on the power play at 15:53 of the middle frame with assists being awarded to Erik Condra and Matthew Peca.

Stefan Matteau makes it a one goal game picking up his 11th of the year at 7:36 of the third period with Brett Lernout drawing the lone assist on the play.

With 1 second left in the game Cory Conacher gets his 2nd of the game into the empty net to make it 4-2 with assists going to Joel Vermin and Matt Taormina.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 23 of 26 shots in a losing cause while Kristers Gudlevskis who would stop 25 of 27 to pick up the win. Final Score: 4-2 Crunch.

Next game for the IceCaps Friday, Mar. 10 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York where they take on the Rochester Americans.

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