IceCaps – Crunch: A Playoff Numbers Game (Apr. 26, 2017)

The IceCaps are down 2-1 in the series after Wednesday night.

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

Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg                                                              Brouillette –  Lernout

Farnham – Audette –  Scherbak                                                             Lowe – Didier

Veilleux – MacMillan –                                                                             Juulsen

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

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


IceCaps in Montreal:

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


  • Michael McCarron was sent back to St. John’s on Apr. 24.

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 3 tonight to bring their playoff total to 2 for 13 for a 15.4% success rate.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 5 for 5 tonight to bring their playoff total to 11 for 12 for a 91.7% success rate.

The IceCaps out shot the Crunch 28-25. Matteau, Hudon and Terry led the IceCaps with 4 shots while Froese led the Crunch with 4 shots. (1st period 9-8 IceCaps, 2nd period 14-9 Crunch, 3rd period 10-9 Crunch)

5 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 3 goals on 25 shots for a SV% of .880.
  • b) Lindgren is now 1-2 giving up 8 goals on 104 shots for a SV% of .923.
  • c) McCarron playing in his 1st game since being sent down had 0 points, 2 shots, a -1 rating and 3 minor penalties.
  • d) Juulsen playing his 1st pro game had 0 points, 0 shots and an even rating.
  • e) Brouillette and Matteau were the only IceCaps with a positive rating both finishing at +1.
  • f) Hudon had an assist giving him 1 goal and assists in his last 3 games played.
  • g) Scherbak had an assist giving him 3 points in his last 3 games.
  • h) Didier, MacMillan, Juulsen, Scherbak, Audette and Brouillette were all held off the shot clock tonight.
  • i) McCarron had 6 of the 14 minutes in penalties handed out to the IceCaps.
  • j) Former Hab Dumont had 0 points, 2 shot and an even rating while Bournival had 0 points, 1 shot and an even rating.

6 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Mike McKenna of Syracuse who stopped 26 of 28.
  • 2nd Star: Byron Froese of Syracuse with 1 goal, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Erik Condra of Syracuse with 1 goal, 3 shots and a +1 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: Mike McKenna of Syracuse who stopped 25 of 28.
  • 2nd Star: Byron Froese of Syracuse with 1 goal, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Stefan Matteau of St. John’s with 1 goal, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: No player of the game picked during the playoffs.

8  St. John’s drops a 3-2 decision to the Syracuse Crunch in front of 4457 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.

Joel Vermin gets the Crunch on the board first scoring at 11;30 of the opening period with assists going to Brett Howden and Henri Ikonen.

Less than two minutes later Erik Condra makes it 2-0 Crunch with helpers going to Tye McGinn and Matt Toarmina.

Zach Redmond scores on the power play at 12:17 to cut the lead in half with Charles Hudon and Nikita Scherbak drawing the assists on the play.

Just 28 seconds later Stefan Matteau would score to tie the game with assists going to Max Friberg and Brett Lernout.

Byron Froese scores unassisted at 16:05 of the second period restoring the Crunch’s one goal lead.

The third period would be scoreless with the Crunch outshooting the IceCaps 10-9.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 22 of 25 shots in a losing cause while Mike McKenna would stop 26 of 28 to pick up the win. Final Score: 3-2 Crunch.

The Crunch now lead the series 2-1 with game 4 in Syracuse.

Next game for the IceCaps Friday, Apr. 28 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena where they take on the Syracuse Crunch.

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