Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Syracuse Crunch game 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:
McNally – Dumont – Friberg Didier – Lernout
Bozon – Yogan – Scherbak Joyaux – Ellis
Hudon – MacMillan – Holloway Brown – Johnston
Scott – Ward – Gregoire
Starting Goalie: Fucale
Scratches: Miceli, Bakker, Ranger and Bennett
Injuries: Crisp (out for season), Eisenschmid and Bournival (out for season)
IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto, McCarron, Lessio, de la Rose, Bartley, Dietz, Hanley and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower
Notes: Hanley was called up to Montreal after last nights game.
2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 47 for 252 for a 18.7% success rate. The power play entered the game in 8th place scoring 46 goals on 248 attempts for a 18.5% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. On the road the power play entered the game in 20th place scoring 18 times on 124 attempts for a 14.5% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 230 for 269 for a 85.5% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 5th place giving just 36 goals on 264 attempts for a 86.4% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 2nd place giving up 16 goals on 125 attempts for a success rate of 87.2%.
4 The IceCaps were outshot by the Crunch 28-24. Dumont, Hudon and Scherbak led the Icecaps with 3 shots each while Drouin led the Crunch and all players with 6 shots. (1st period 15-9 Crunch, 2nd period 9-8 Crunch, 3rd period 7-4 IceCaps )
5 This was the 8th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 5-2-1-0 record scoring 25 while giving up 20.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 28-27-8-3 scoring 181 while giving up 205. Their road record is 13-17-2-2 scoring 81 while giving up 105 while their home record now stands at 15-10-6-1 scoring 99 while giving up 101.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-4-1-0 scoring 28 while giving up 31. They entered the game in 5th place in their division, 11th place in the conference and 22nd place in the league and are .216 percentage points behind 1st place Toronto. 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 28-27-8-3 scoring 181 while giving up 205. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 31-26-9-0 scoring 179 and giving up 176.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 The IceCaps give up 5 unanswered goals on their way to a 6-2 beating by the Syracuse Crunch in front of 3967 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.
Charles Hudon scores on a 2-on-1 break to open the scoring at 1:23 of the first period with assists going to Bud Holloway and Mark MacMillan.
Yanni Gourde tips a point shot by Dylan Blujus past Zach Fucale at 7:10 of the opening period tying the game 1-1, Tanner Richard would get credited with the other assist.
Jeff Tambellini gets one on the power play at 14:25 of the first to put the Crunch up 2-1 with helpers going to Anthony DeAngelo and Yanni Gourde.
Tanner Richards with a point shot on the power play at 9:16 of the second period makes it a 3-1 game with assists going to Anthony DeAngelo and Jeff Tambellini.
Yanni Gourde extends the lead to three beating Zach Fucale on a clean breakaway at 10:46 of the middle frame with the lone assist going to Slater Koekkoek.
Jonathan Drouin with a wraparound makes it 5-1 at 12:31 of the second with assists going to Anthony DeAngelo and Dylan Blujus.
Charles Hudon gets his second of the night on the power play at 14:49 of the second to make it 5-2 with helpers to Morgan Ellis and Bud Holloway.
With fifteen seconds left in the period Jonathan Drouin scores on the power play to put the Crunch up 6-2 with assists going to Tye McGinn and Joel Vermin.
The third period would be a scoreless affair with Eddie Pasquale replacing Zach Fucale.
Zach Fucale would stop just 18 of 24 shots in a losing cause while Eddie Pasquale would stop 4 of 4 in a mop up roll. Kristers Gudlevskis would stop 22 of 24 to pick up the win. Final score: 6-2 Crunch.
Next game for the IceCaps is on Wednesday Mar. 23 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York where they take on the Rochester Americans.
13 A look at the periods: