IceCaps – Devils: A Numbers Game (Mar. 5, 2016)

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

Photo: St. John’s IceCaps Official Twitter (@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                                        Johnston – Didier

Bozon – MacMillan – Ranger                                      Hanley – Bennett

Scott – Yogan – Gregoire

Starting Goalie: Fucale

Scratches:  Brown, 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


2  The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 43 for 228 for a 18.9% success rate. The power play entered the game in 8th place scoring 42 goals on 224 attempts for a 18.8% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. At home the power play entered the game in 4th place scoring 24 times on 106 attempts for a 22.6% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 3 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 207 for 243 for a 85.2% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 8th place giving just 35 goals on 239 attempts for a 85.4% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 15th place giving up 19 goals on 122 attempts for a success rate of 84.4%.

4  The IceCaps were outshot by the Devils 31-27Dumont led the Icecaps with 5 shots each while Lorito led the Devils and all players with 7 shots. (1st period 15-3 Devils, 2nd period 9-8 IceCaps, 3rd period 9-6 IceCaps, OT period 6-2 IceCaps)

5  This was the 8th of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 5-1-2-0 record scoring 25 while giving up 18.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 25-23-8-3 scoring 166 while giving up 185. Their road record is 12-15-2-2 scoring 75 while giving up 95 while their home record now stands at 12-8-6-1 scoring 88 while giving up 89.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-5-1-0 scoring 25 while giving up 26. They entered the game in 4th place in their division, 10th place in the conference and 20th place in the league and are .259 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 25-23-8-3 scoring 166 while giving up 185. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 28-21-9-0 scoring 162 and giving up 154.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Fucale has now lost 4 in a row going 0-3-1-0 over that span giving up 13 goals on 102 shots for a SV% of .873.
  • b) Holloway picked up a goal and an assist giving him 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games.
  • c) Fucale’s record drops to 14-15-3 with a SV% of .904 and a GAA of 3.03.
  • d) Scherbak picked up 1 goal and assists giving him 7 points in his last 5 games to go along with a 5 game point streak.
  • e) This was the 17th time that St. John’s went to overtime dropping their record to 4 OTW8 OTL, 2 SOW and 3 SOL.
  • f) McNally had 1 goal and 1 assist giving him 3 points in his last 2 games played plus a 2 game goal scoring streak.
  • g) Dumont was on the ice for 5 of the 9 goal scored tonight finishing the night at -1.
  • h) Scherbak now has 15 points on 6 goals and 9 assists in 31 games played and is a team worst -18.
  • i) The line of Scherbak, Holloway and McNally had 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 shots and an even rating.
  • j) Holloway now has 49 points 13 behind league leader Chris Bourque.
  • k) The IceCaps PP has scored 14 goals on its last 58 chances for success rate of 24.1% and have now scored PP goals in 4 straight games.
  • l) Hanley now has 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games played.
  • m) The 1st PP unit consisted of Dumont, Scherbak, Hudon, Holloway and Dietz.
  • n) Power play unit number 2 contained Scott, Friberg, MacMillan, Hanley and Johnston.
  • o) Yogan grabbed an assist giving him 2 points in his first 2 games played with the IceCaps.
  • p) St. John’s has given up just 5 power play goals on 51 chances over their last 13 games for a 90.2% success rate.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Brian O’Neill of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Nikita Scherbak of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots and an even rating.
  • 3rd Star: Matt Lorito of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots and a -1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Max Friberg with 1 assist, 1 shot and a -1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Nikita Scherbak of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots and an even rating.
  • 2nd Star: Matt Lorito of Albany with 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots and a -1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Bud Holloway of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Brandon McNally with 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot and an even rating.

12 Nikita Scherbak has a three-point night but it isn’t good enough as St. John’s drops a 5-4 overtime decision to the Albany Devils in front of 5812 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Nikita Scherbak scores a backdoor goal on the power play at the six-minute mark of the first period putting the Icecaps up 1-0 with assists going to Bud Holloway and Ryan Johnston.

Joel Hanley makes it a 2-0 game at 11:51 of the opening frame with helpers going to Max Friberg and Andrew Yogan.

Just forty-seconds later Mike Sislo beats Zach Fucale top corner to cut the lead in half with assists going to Ryan Kujawinski and Brian O’Neill.

Matt Lorito bats in a loose puck to tie the game 2-2 at 14:32 of the first with the lone assist going to Max Novak.

Less than a minute later Rod Pelley would put the Devils up 3-2 with helpers going to Corbin McPherson and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.

Blake Pietila would extend the Devils lead to two at 18:53 of the opening period with assists going to Chris McKelvie and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.

Bud Holloway cuts the lead in half at 6:09 of the second period with assists going to Brandon McNally and Nikita Scherbak.

Brandon McNally ties the game 4-4 at 1:09 of the third period with the lone assist going to Nikita Scherbak.

Brian O’Neill scores the winner with just forty-seven seconds left in overtime to give the Devils a 5-4 win with helpers going to Matt Lorito and Mike Sislo.

Zach Fucale would stop 26 of 31 shots in a losing cause while Ken Appleby would stop 23 of 27 in to pick up the win. Final score: 5-4 Devil.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Tuesday Mar. 8 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland where they take on the Binghamton Senators.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • Devils 5-1 on the shot clock but 1-0 IceCaps on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Devils 10-2 on the shot clock and 4-1 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Devils goalie Appleby stops just 1 of 3 shots he faced in the period with the IceCaps scoring on the first 2.
  • Lorito of the Devils had 3 shots in the period just as many as the whole IceCaps team did.
  • IceCaps had to kill off a 5-on-3 for 1 minute and 5 seconds.
  • Devils were by far the better team in the period.

2nd Period:

  • IceCaps 5-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Devils 5-4 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps scored 3 goals on their first 5 shots on goal in the game.
  • Dumont had 3 shots on goal in period.
  • Slight edge to IceCaps this period.

3rd Period:

  • IceCaps 8-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Devils 3-1 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Pretty even between the two teams.

OT Period:

  • IceCaps 6-2 on the shot clock but 1-0 Devils on the scoreboard
  • Icecaps were the better team but couldn’t get one by Appleby.

Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

Brampton was beaten 5-1 by the Elmira Jackals on Friday night in front of 2334 fans at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton Ontario. Brampton now has a record of 16-27-7-4 scoring 138 goals while giving up 196. They are in last place in their division with 43 points, 34 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.

Dalton Thrower had 0 goals, 0 assists, 1 shot and a +1 rating to go along with a fight.

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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