Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Toronto Marlies game at the ACC in Toronto, Ontario.
1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:
McNally – Dumont – Friberg Didier – Lernout
Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway Joyaux – Ellis
Yogan – MacMillan – Gregoire Scott – Johnston
Bozon – Ward – Ranger
Starting Goalie: Fucale
Scratches: Miceli, Brown and Bennett
Injuries: Crisp (out for season), Eisenschmid, Bakker and Bournival (out for season)
IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto, McCarron, Lessio, de la Rose, Bartley, Dietz, Hanley and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower
2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 1 tonight to bring their season total to 47 for 259 for a 18.1% success rate. The power play entered the game in 10th place scoring 47 goals on 258 attempts for a 18.2% success rate along with giving up 4 shorthanded goals. On the road the power play entered the game in 19th place scoring 19 times on 134 attempts for a 14.2% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 5 for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 244 for 284 for a 85.9% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 6th place giving just 40 goals on 279 attempts for a 85.7% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 9th place giving up 20 goals on 140 attempts for a success rate of 85.7%.
4 The IceCaps were outshot by the Marlies 40-18. Hudon led the Icecaps with 4 shots while Leivo led the Marlies and all players with 7 shots. (1st period 13-6 Marlies, 2nd period 15-7 Marlies, 3rd period 11-5 Marlies)
5 This was the 11th of 12 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 6-4-1-0 record scoring 45 while giving up 41.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 29-29-8-3 scoring 194 while giving up 219. Their road record is 14-19-2-2 scoring 94 while giving up 119 while their home record now stands at 15-10-6-1 scoring 99 while giving up 101.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-6-1-0 scoring 32 while giving up 39. They entered the game in 6th place in their division, 12th place in the conference and 22nd place in the league and are .228 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 29-29-8-3 scoring 194 while giving up 219. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 32-26-11-0 scoring 183 and giving up 181.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 St. John’s gives up four unanswered goals on their way to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Marlies in front of 15364 fans at the ACC in Toronto, Ontario.
Brett Lernout with a blast from the point at 2:27 of the first puts the IceCaps up 1-0 with assists to Nikita Scherbak and Charles Hudon.
Colin Smith skates around a fallen defenseman and ties the score at 9:55 of the first period with helpers going to David Kolomatis and T.J. Brennan.
T.J. Brennan beats Zach Fucale five hole with a shot from the point at 13:18 of the opening period with assists going to John Kurtz and Tobias Lindberg.
Josh Leivo knocks one out of the air beating Zach Fucale at 17:51 of the first to put the Marlies up 3-1 with helpers to Mark Arcobello and T.J. Brennan.
Josh Leivo gets his second of the game at 2:03 of the middle frame from Sam Carrick putting Toronto up 4-1.
Bud Holloway cuts the lead to two at 12:13 of the second with assists to Gabriel Dumont and Brandon McNally.
Charles Hudon makes it a one goal game scoring his 26th of the season at 11:53 of third period with assists going to Max Friberg and Nikita Scherbak.
Brendan Leipsic makes it 5-3 at 16:52 of the third with assists to T.J. Brennan and Sam Percy.
Zach Fucale would stop 35 of 40 shots in a losing cause while Antoine Bibeau would stop just 15 of 18 shots to pick up the win. Final score: 5-3 Marlies.
Next game for the IceCaps is on Tuesday Mar. 29 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario where they take on the Toronto Marlies.
13 A look at the periods: