IceCaps – Devils: A Numbers Game (Mar. 4, 2016)

Photo: St. John's IceCaps official Twitter account (@IceCapsAHL)

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps official Twitter account (@IceCapsAHL)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Albany Devils game at the 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:

McNally – Scherbak – Holloway                                Dietz – Lernout

Hudon – Dumont – Friberg                                        Hanley – Johnston

Bozon – MacMillan – Ranger                                      Brown– Didier

Scott – Yogan – Gregoire

Starting Goalie: Pasquale

Scratches: Bennett, Bakker and Miceli

Injuries: Crisp, Eisenschmid and Bournival

IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto, McCarron, Ellis, Lessio, de la Rose, Bartley and Carr

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower

Notes: Andrew Yogan was signed to a 25 game PTO earlier this week.

2  The IceCaps power play went 1 for 2 tonight to bring their season total to 42 for 224 for a 18.8% success rate. The power play entered the game in 9th place scoring 41 goals on 222 attempts for a 18.5% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. At home the power play entered the game in 6th place scoring 23 times on 104 attempts for a 22.1% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 204 for 239 for a 85.4% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 6th place giving just 34 goals on 235 attempts for a 85.5% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 15th place giving up 18 goals on 118 attempts for a success rate of 84.7%.

4  The IceCaps and the Devils finished with 27 shots each. Dumont, Hanley and Ranger led the Icecaps and all players with 4 shots each while Sislo led the Devils and all players with 4 shots. (1st period 8-4 Devils, 2nd period 11-9 IceCaps, 3rd period 12-10 IceCaps )

5  This was the 7th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 5-1-1-0 record scoring 21 while giving up 13.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 25-23-7-3 scoring 162 while giving up 180. Their road record is 12-15-2-2 scoring 75 while giving up 95 while their home record now stands at 12-8-5-1 scoring 84 while giving up 84.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-5-0-0 scoring 25 while giving up 24 They entered the game in 4th place in their division, 10th place in the conference and 21st place in the league and are .280 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 25-23-7-3 scoring 162 while giving up 180. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 28-21-9-0 scoring 162 and giving up 154.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Scherbak picked up an assist giving him points in 4 straight games.
  • b) The 1st PP unit consisted of Dumont, Scherbak, Hudon, Holloway and Dietz.
  • c)  Dumont had an assist giving him 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games.
  • d) Hudon had a goal giving him 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • e) The 2nd period featured 3 goals, 5 fights, 4 misconducts and a total of 106 minutes in penalties.
  • f) Yogan is the 44th player to wear an IceCaps jersey this season picking up 1 assist taking 2 shots and having a +1 rating.
  • g) Holloway picked up an assist giving him 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3 games.
  • h) Dietz, Friberg, Brown and MacMillan were all held shot less tonight.
  • i) Pasquale has now won 2 in a row giving up just 2 goals on 57 shots for a SV% of .965.
  • j) MacMillan had an assist and a fight needing just a goal to get the Gordie Howe hat trick.
  • k) The IceCaps PP has scored 13 goals on 54 chances for success rate of 24.1%.
  • l) Dietz and Scott led the team with 17 penalty minutes each while MacMillan had 15.
  • m) St. John’s ended the game with 69 minutes in penalties while the Devils had 45.
  • n) Bozon had an assist giving him 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 games.
  • o) Ranger scored a goal giving him a 2 game point and goal scoring streak.
  • p) St. John’s has given up just 4 power play goals on 48 chances over their last 12 games for a 91.7% success rate.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Gabriel Dumont of St. John’s with 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Andrew Yogan of St. John’s with 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Eddie Pasquale who stopped 26 of 27 shots.
  • Player of the Game: Joel Hanley with 4 shots and a +1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Gabriel Dumont of St. John’s with 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Charles Hudon of St. John’s with 1 goal, 3 shots and an even rating.
  • 3rd Star: Eddie Pasquale who stopped 26 of 27 shots.
  • Player of the Game: Andrew Yogan with 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.

12 St. John’s scores three goals in a fight filled second period on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Devils in front of 5419 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The first period would be a scoreless affair with the Devils outshooting the IceCaps 8-4.

Charles Hudon would open the scoring at 5:03 of the second scoring his 19th of the year on the power play with assists going to Gabriel Dumont and Nikita Scherbak.

Just forty-nine seconds later Alexandre Ranger makes it 2-0 IceCaps with helpers going to Mark Macmillan and Tim Bozon.

Brandon McNally makes it 3-0 at 6:47 of the second with assists going to Bud Holloway and Andrew Yogan.

Blake Pietila knocks in a rebound on the power play at 5:03 of the third period to make it a 3-1 game with helpers going to Max Novak and Reece Scarlett.

Eddie Pasquale would stop 26 of 27 shots to pick up the win cause while Yann Danis would stop 24 of 27 in a losing cause.. Final score: 3-1 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Mar. 5 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland where they take on the Albany Devils.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • Devils 3-1 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Devils 5-3 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Slight edge to the Devils in this period.

2nd Period:

  • 7-7 tie on the shot clock and 3-0 IceCaps on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 4-2 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Didier vs Thomson – draw.
  • Lernout vs Kelly – edge Lernout.
  • MacMillan vs Kujawinski – draw.
  • Dietz vs Kelly – edge Dietz.
  • Scott vs Thomson – hands down Scott.
  • IceCaps were the better team in the period.

3rd Period:

  • IceCaps 9-5 on the shot clock but 1-0 Devils on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Devils 5-3 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Another good period by the Icecaps.

Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

Brampton now has a record of 16-26-7-4 scoring 137 goals while giving up 191. They are in last place in their division with 43 points, 34 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.

Dalton Thrower has played 17 games scored 0 goals and 3 assists for 3 point to go along with a -7 rating.

Mac Bennett has played 3 games scored 0 goals and 1 assist for 1 point to go along with a -3 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Travis Brown has played 51 games scored 7 goals and 13 assists for 20 points to go along with a -11 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Angelo Miceli has played 25 games scored 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points to go along with a -9 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Branden McNally has played 7 games scored 0 goals and 1 assist for 1 point to go along with a -4 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Tim Bozon has played 15 games scored 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points to go along with a -6 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Mark MacMillan has played 6 games scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points to go along with a -2 rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Josiah Didier has played 4 games scored 1 goal and 0 assists for 1 point to go along with an even rating. Currently in St. John’s.

Eddie Pasquale has played 12 games going 4-6-1-1 with a GAA of 3.47 and a SV% of .890. Currently in St. John’s.

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