IceCaps – Crunch: A Playoff Numbers Game (Apr. 22, 2017)

Series is all tied up after Game 2.

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Syracuse Crunch at 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 – Terry – Scherbak                                                                       Redmond – Hanley

Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg                                                               Brouillette –  Lernout

Veilleux – Audette – Farnham                                                                  Lowe – Didier

MacMillan – Petti – Camara

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: Parisi, Broll, Carr, Eisenschmid, Asselin, Johnston, Mete, Juulsen and Gregoire.

Injuries: 

IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.

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

Notes:   

2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 5 tonight to bring their playoff total to 1 for 10 for a 10.0% success rate.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 3 for 3 tonight to bring their playoff total to 6 for 7 for a 85.7% success rate.

The IceCaps were out shot by the Crunch 29-21. Matteau, Hudon and Terry led the IceCaps with 5 shots while Taormina led the Crunch with 6 shots. (1st period 12-9 Crunch, 2nd period 14-9 Crunch, 3rd period 11-6 Crunch, 1st OT period  9-8 Crunch, 2nd OT period 9-4 IceCaps )

5 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 4 goal on 50 shots for a SV% of .920. Note: He stopped McGinn on a penalty shot in the 2nd period.
  • b) Lindgren is now 1-1 giving up 5 goals on 79 shots for a SV% of .937.
  • c) Hudon had a goal giving him 1 goal and assists in his last 2 games played.
  • d) Terry had an assist giving him 2 points in his last 2 games played.
  • e) No IceCap had a positive rating they were either even or -1.
  • f) Both of Syracuse’s goals scored in the 3rd came with the net empty.
  • g) de la Rose had a goal giving him 2 points in his last 2 games.
  • h) Matteau, Friberg and Lernout were on the ice for 5 of the 7 goals tonight all finishing with a -1 rating.
  • i) Scherbak had an assist giving him 2 points in his last 2 games.
  • j) Former Hab Dumont had 0 points, 3 shot and an even rating while Bournival had 0 points, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • k) Petti, MacMillan, Hanley and Lowe were all held off the shot clock tonight.
  • l) McGinn of the Crunch was on the ice for all 4 Syracuse goal finishing the night at +4.
  • l) St. John’s had 2 players with 2 points Matteau (1-1) and Friberg (0-2) while Syracuse had 4 players with 2 or more points Taormina (1-2), Condra (0-2), Peca (0-2) and Conacher (1-1)

6 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Tye McGinn of Syracuse with 1 goal, 5 shots and a +4 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Stefan Matteau of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots and a -1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Erik Condra of Syracuse with 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game:  No player of the game picked during the playoffs.

7 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Matt Taormina of Syracuse with 1 goal, 2 assists, 6 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Erik Condra of Syracuse with 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Stefan Matteau of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots and a -1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: No player of the game picked during the playoffs.

8  The IceCaps blow a two goal lead with less than 5 minutes to go in the third dropping a 4-3 decision to the Syracuse Crunch in double overtime in front of 4416 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland.

The first period would be scoreless with the Crunch outshooting the IceCaps 12-9.

Jacob de la Rose gets the IceCaps on the board first scoring at 8:33 of the second period with assists going to Stefan Matteau and Max Friberg.

Less than two minutes later Slater Koekkoek ties the game with assists going to Matthew Peca and Erik Condra.

Charles Hudon makes it 2-1 IceCaps scoring his first of the playoffs at 4:46 of the third with helpers going to Chris Terry and Nikita Scherbak.

Stefan Matteau extends the lead to two scoring at 8:30 of the third with Max Friberg and Zach Redmond drawing the assists.

Matt Taormina makes it a one goal game scoring at 15:43 of the third with Erik Condra and Cory Conacher drawing the assists.

Just under two minutes later Cory Conacher ties the game with assists being awarded to Matt Taormina and Ben Thomas.

The first overtime would end with the Crunch outshooting the IceCaps 9-8 and St. John’s having a goal called back.

Tye McGinn scores the overtime winner at 10:37 of the second overtime period with assists going to Matthew Peca and Matt Taormina. Syracuse also had a goal called off for goalie interference.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 46 of 50 shots in a losing cause while Mike McKenna would stop 38 of 41 to pick up the win. Final Score: 4-3 Crunch in double OT.

The series is now tied 1-1 going back to Syracuse for the next 3 if necessary.

Next game for the IceCaps Wednesday, Apr. 26 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena where they take on the Syracuse Crunch.

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