Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.
1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:
Hudon – Terry – Scherbak Hanley – Redmond
Matteau – de la Rose – Carr Lowe – Johnston
Veilleux – Audette – Friberg Parisi – Lernout
Broll – Farnham – Camara
Starting Goalie: Danis
Backup Goalie: Lindgren
Scratches: Eisenschmid, Didier, Ranger, Brouillette , Gregoire and MacMillan .
IceCaps in Montreal: McCarron.
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp and Gagnon.
2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 to bring their season total to 43 for 231 for a 18.6% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 11th ranked PP in the league with a 18.5% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 4 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 195 for 247 for a 78.9% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 28th ranked PK in the league with a 78.6% success and have scored 5 shorthanded goals.
4 The IceCaps and Marlies tied with 24 shots each. Hudon led the IceCaps with 3 shots while Rychel led the Marlies with 5 shots. (1st period 11-8 IceCaps, 2nd period 8-6 Marlies, 3rd period 8-7 Marlies)
5 This was the 9th of 12 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 4-5-0-0 record scoring 17 while giving up 21.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 27-24-7-1 scoring 168 while giving up 177. Their road record is 15-12-3-1 scoring 85 while giving up 84 while their home record now stands at 12-12-4-0 scoring 83 while giving up 92.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-3-2-0 scoring 33 while giving up 28. The IceCaps are currently in 5th place in the division .079 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 10th in the conference .186 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 27-24-7-1 scoring 168 while giving up 177. Last year their record was 25-23-8-3 scoring 164 and giving up 189.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Yann Danis stops all 24 shots he faces and Nikita Scherbak picks up 2 points to lead the IceCaps to a 3-0 win over the Marlies in front of 5678 fans at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.
Nikita Scherbak gets the IceCaps on the board first scoring an unassisted goal at 13:41 of the opening period.
Jacob de la Rose makes it a 2-0 scoring at 15:06 of the first period with Stefan Matteau drawing the lone assist on the play.
Chris Terry scores his team leading 22nd goal of the year on the power play at 6:02 of the second period to put the IceCaps up 3-0 with assists going to Nikita Scherbak and Zach Redmond.
The third period would be scoreless with the Marlies outshooting the Icecaps 8-7.
Yann Danis would stop 24 of 24 shots to pick up the win while Antoine Bibeau who would stop 21 of 24 in a losing cause. Final Score: 3-0 IceCaps.
Next game for the IceCaps Wednesday, Mar. 8 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York where they take on the Syracuse Crunch.