IceCaps – Devils: A Numbers Game (Nov. 12, 2016)

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

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

Matteau – McCarron – de la Rose                                              Barberio – Didier

Hudon – Audette – Scherbak                                                      Samuelsson – Lernout

Terry – Eisenschmid – Friberg                                                    Paris – Brouillette

Farnham – MacMillan – Gregoire

Starting Goalie: Danis
Backup Goalie: Lindgren

Scratches: Johnston, Racine and Broll


IceCaps in Montreal: Carr, Andrighetto and Hanley

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Coderre-Gagnon, Fucale, Crisp and Veilleux


2  The IceCaps power play went 2 for 6 tonight to bring their season total to 17 for 62 for a 27.4% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 4th ranked PP in the league with a 26.4% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 1 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 51 for 65 for a 78.5%success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 21st ranked PK in the league with a 80.6% success rate.

4  The IceCaps were out-shot by the Devils 31-30. Barberio led the IceCaps and all players with 6 shots while Pietila led the Devils with 5 shots. (1st period 11-8 Devils, 2nd period 18-8 IceCaps, 3rd period 12-4 Devils)

5  This was the 2nd of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-2-0-0 record scoring while giving up 9.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 6-7-1-0 scoring 46 while giving up 46. Their road record is 2-5-1-0 scoring 23 while giving up 28 while their home record now stands at 4-2-0-0 scoring 23 while giving up 18.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-4-1-0 scoring 36 while giving up 32. The IceCaps are currently in 4th place in the division .273 pct behind division leader 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 6-7-1-0  scoring 46 while giving up 46. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 6-5-1-1 scoring 38 and giving up 45.

9  Quick points:

  • a) St. John’s has given up at least 1 power play goal in 8 straight games.
  • b) Danis has lost all 3 of his starts going 0-2-1-0 giving up 13 goals on 96 shots for a SV% of .865.
  • c) Barberio picked up a goal and an assist giving him 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • d) When Lindgren is in goal St. John’s is 6-2-0-0 without him they are 0-5-1-0.
  • e) The Icecaps have now scored power play goals in 4 straight games going 6 for 24 for a success rate of 25%.
  • f) Of the 7 goals scored tonight 4 came on the power play with each team scoring 2.
  • g) Didier, Parisi, MacMillan, Audette and Gregoire were all held off the shot clock tonight.
  • h) Lindgren has stopped 249 of 267 shots for a SV% of .933 while the rest of the goalies has stopped 153 of 177 shots for a SV% of .864.
  • i) Terry had 2 assists giving him 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • j) The IceCaps have now given up 13 power play goals in their last 8 games on just 39 chances for a 66.7%.success rate.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Blake Pietila of Albany with 3 goals, 5 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Rod Pelley of Albany with 1 goal, 3 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Nikita Scherbak of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots and + 1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Stefan Matteau with 1 shot and a -1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Blake Pietila of Albany with 3 goals, 5 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Mark Barberio of  St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots and a -1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Nikita Scherbak of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots and + 1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Chris Terry with 2 assists, 2 shots and a +1 rating.

12  Albany scores 3 unanswered goals on their way to a 4-3 win over the IceCaps in front of 3746 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

Blake Pietila gets the Devils on the board first scoring a power play goal at 12:51 of the opening frame with assists going to John Quenneville and Reece Scarlett.

Nikita Scherbak ties the game at 1:57 of the second period with Brett Lernout drawing the lone assist on the play.

Michael McCarron scores on the power play at 10:42 of the second to put the IceCaps up 2-1 with the assists going to Chris Terry and Mark Barberio.

Just under 3 minutes later Mark Barberio would score on the power play to make it 3-1 with helpers to Nikita Scherbak and Chris Terry.

Blake Pietila scores his second of the night on the power play with less than a minute to go in the middle frame to make it a 3-2 game with helpers to Ben Sexton and Karl Stollery.

Rod Pelley ties the game at 15:49 of the third period scoring his second of the season from Jan Mandat and Ryan Kujawinski.

Blake Pietila wold complete the hat-trick at 17:35 of the third putting the Devils up 4-3 with assist to Seth Helgeson and Karl Stollery.

Yann Danis would stop 27 of 31 shots in a losing cause while Mackenzie Blackwood would stop 27 of 30 to pick up the win. Final Score: 4-3 Devils.

Next game for the IceCaps is Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Floyd Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton,New York where they take on the Binghamton Senators.

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