IceCaps – Devils: A Numbers Game (Jan. 4, 2017)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Albany Devils game at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

 1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:

Andrighetto – Audette – Scherbak                                          Brouillette – Hanley

Matteau – de la Rose – Gregoire                                            Parisi – Lernout

Veilleux – Eisenschmid – MacLean                                        Didier – Samuelsson

Broll – MacMillan –                                                                   Racine

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: Crisp

Injuries: Hudon and Friberg

IceCaps in Montreal: Carr, Barberio, Terry, Johnston, Farnham and McCarron

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale and Gagnon


  • Pitton was released from PTO and sent back to Brampton on Jan. 2.
  • Farnham was recalled to Montreal on Jan. 1.
  • Andrighetto was sent to St. John’s on Jan. 1.
  • Gagnon was sent back to Brampton on Dec. 31.

2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 3 to bring their season total to 33 for 138 for a 23.9% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 4th ranked PP in the league with a 24.4%  success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 117 for 150 for a 78.0%  success rate Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 23rd ranked PK in the league with a 78.8% success rate and have scored 3 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps were out-shot by the Devils 32-22. Audette led the IceCaps with 4 shots while  Pietila led the Devils and all players with 6 shots. (1st period 10-9 IceCaps, 2nd period 11-7  Devils, 3rd period 12-5 Devils)

5 This was the 3rd of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-3-0-0 record scoring while giving up 14.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 17-14-3-0 scoring 101 while giving up 107. Their road record is 9-8-3-0 scoring 56 while giving up 61 while their home record now stands at 8-6-0-0   scoring 45 while giving up 46.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-3-2-0 scoring 30 while giving up 32. The IceCaps are currently in 3rd place in the division .084 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 7th 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 17-14-3-0 scoring 101 while giving up 107. Last year their record was 16-10-5-3 scoring 102 and giving up 108.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 5 goals on 16 shots for a SV% .688.
  • b) Over his last 2 starts Lindgren has given up 11 goals on 41 shots for a SV% of .732.
  • c) IceCaps gave up 5 goals on 11 shots in the second period.
  • d) Danis stopped 15 of 16 shots in a relief appearance tonight for a SV% of .938.
  • e) Lernout scored a goal giving him points in 2 straight games.
  • f) de la Rose picked up 1 assist giving him 5 points in his last 5 games.
  • g) St. John’s has given up 5 power play goals on 8 chances in their last 2 games.
  • h) The IceCaps have given up 13 goals on 58 shots in their last 2 games for a SV% of .776.
  • i) Racine +2, MacMillan +1, Broll +1 and MacLean +1 were the only IceCaps with plus ratings.
  • j) Andrighetto playing in his first game since being sent down had 0 points, 2 shots and a -3 rating.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Blake Coleman of Albany with 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Brian Gibbons of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Blake Pietila of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Brett Lernout with 1 goal, 2 shots an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Blake Coleman of Albany with 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Blake Pietila of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Carter Camper of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Brett Lernout with 1 goal, 2 shots an even rating.

12  St. Johns gives up 5 goals in the second period on their way to a 6-2 beating by the Albany Devils in front of 1696 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

Carter Camper opens the scoring at 1:14 of the first period putting the Devils up 1-0 with assists going to John Quenneville and Ben Sexton.

Blake Coleman makes it 2-0 Albany at the 33 second mark of the second period with the lone assist going to Blake Pietila.

Nikita Scherbak gets his 10th of the year to make it 2-1 at 3:25 of the second period with Jacob de la Rose and Jonathan Racine drawing the assists on the play.

Just 36 seconds later Brian Gibbons makes it 3-1 Devils with Blake Coleman drawing the lone assist.

Blake Pietila scores a power play goal at 6:11 of the second frame to make it a 4-1 game with helpers going to Reece Scarlett and Max Novak.

Just over 30 seconds later Brett Lernout scores his first of the year to make it 4-2 with Mark MacMillan  and Joel Hanley drawing assists on the play.

Blake Coleman gets his second of the night at 8:18 of the middle frame to put the Devils up by three with Brian Gibbons getting the only assist on the play. That would be it for Charlie Lindgren he would be replaced by Yann Danis.

Ben Sexton scores on the power play at 14:10 of the second extending Albany’s lead to four with helpers going to Carter Camper and Yohann Auvitu.

The third period would be scoreless with Albany outshooting St. John’s 12-5.

Charlie Lindgren would stop just 11 of 16 shots to get the loss before being pulled for Yann Danis who would stop 15 of 16 in a mop up role. While Ken Appleby would stop 20 of 22 to get the win. Final Score: 6-2 Devils.

Next game for the IceCaps is Friday, Jan. 6 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York where they take on the Binghamton Senators.

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