IceCaps – Crunch: A Playoff Numbers Game (Apr. 28, 2017)

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 – Terry – Scherbak                                                                 Redmond – Lernout

Matteau – de la Rose – McCarron                                                    Hanley – Juulsen

Farnham – Audette – Friberg                                                            Brouillette – Didier

Veilleux – Petti – Camara

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Fucale

Scratches: Parisi, Broll, Carr, Eisenschmid, Asselin, Johnston, Mete, Danis, Lowe, MacMillan and Gregoire.


IceCaps in Montreal:

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Crisp and Gagnon.


  • Zach Fucale was recalled by the IceCaps on Apr. 28.

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 7 tonight to bring their playoff total to 3 for 20 for a 15.0% success rate.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 5 tonight to bring their playoff total to 15 for 17 for a 88.2% success rate.

The IceCaps out shot the Crunch 27-25. Matteau, Lernout, Redmond and Terry led the IceCaps with 3 shots while Gourde led the Crunch with 5 shots. (1st period 9-8 Crunch, 2nd period 8-5 IceCaps, 3rd period 10-7 IceCaps,  1st OT period 4-1 Crunch)

5 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 2 goals on 25 shots for a SV% of .920.
  • b) Lindgren is now 1-3 giving up 10 goals on 129 shots for a SV% of .922.
  • c) Camara, Hanley, Audette and Didier were all held off the shot clock tonight.
  • d) Matteau had a goal giving him 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games.
  • e) de la Rose had an assist giving him 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • f) Terry had 0 points giving him just 1 goal in the 4 game series.
  • g) Hudon and Matteau lead the team in scoring both picking up 4 points in the 4 game series.
  • h) Juulsen had 0 points, 1 shot and a -1 rating in the 2 games he played in the series.
  • i) Of the 7 IceCap goals scored in the series Matteau had 3 of them.
  • j) Former Hab Dumont had 1 goal, 2 shot and a +1 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 27.
  • 2nd Star: Gabriel Dumont of Syracuse with 1 goal, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Erik Condra of Syracuse with 1 goal, 4 shots and an even 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 26 of 27.
  • 2nd Star: Charlie Lindgren of St. John’s who stopped 23 of 25.
  • 3rd Star:  Gabriel Dumont of Syracuse with 1 goal, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: No player of the game picked during the playoffs.

8   Former Hab Gabriel Dumont scores in overtime to end St. John’s season in front of 5477 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.

Erik Condra opens the scoring at 16:41 of the first period getting his second of the series on the power play with assists going to Tye McGinn and Matthew Peca.

The second period would be scoreless with the IceCaps outshooting the Crunch 8-5.

Stefan Matteau ties the game scoring his 3rd of the series on the power play at 14:27 of the third period with helpers going to Daniel Audette and Jacob de la Rose.

Gabriel Dumont scores at 2:18 of the first overtime to end the game with assists going to Byron Froese and Adam Erne.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 23 of 25 shots in a losing cause while Mike McKenna would stop 26 of 27 to pick up the win. Final Score: 2-1 Crunch in OT.

The Crunch win the series 3-1 and move on to play either the Toronto Marlies or Albany Devils.

Next game for the IceCaps never as they are moving to Laval next season and becoming the Rocket.

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