IceCaps – Penguins: A Numbers Game (Feb. 8, 2017)


Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre PA.

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

Hudon – Terry – Scherbak                                                                Hanley – Redmond

Matteau – Audette – Friberg                                                            Lernout – Brouillette

Veilleux – Farnham – Gregoire                                                        Samuelsson – Johnston

Broll – MacMillan – Camara

Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis

Scratches: Ranger, Eisenschmid, Didier, Parisi and de la Rose.

Injuries: 

IceCaps in Montreal: Andrighetto, Carr and McCarron.

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp and Gagnon.

Notes: 

  •  McCarron was recalled to Montreal on Feb. 8.
  • Carr was recalled to Montreal on Feb. 8.
  • de la Rose was sent back to St. John’s on Feb. 8.

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 4 to bring their season total to 36 for 186 for a 19.4% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 10th ranked PP in the league with a 19.2% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went for 2 tonight and scored a shorthanded goal to bring their season total to 156 for 201 for a 77.6%  success rate Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 29th ranked PK in the league with a 77.4% success rate and have scored 4 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps were out-shot by the Penguins 31-26. Matteau led the IceCaps with shots each while Blueger led the Penguins with 5 shots. (1st period 11-9 Penguins, 2nd period 8-8 tie, 3rd period 12-9 Penguins)

5 This was the 4th of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 3-1-0-0 record scoring 14 while giving up 10.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 22-20-5-1 scoring 133 while giving up 145. Their road record is 12-10-3-1 scoring 72 while giving up 74 while their home record now stands at 10-10-2-0 scoring 61 while giving up 70.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 3-6-1-0 scoring 24 while giving up 31. The IceCaps are currently in 4th place in the division .087 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 9th in the conference .244 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 22-20-5-1 scoring 133 while giving up 145. Last year their record was 20-18-7-3 scoring 137 and giving up 156.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Lindgren gave up 0 goals on 31 shots tonight for a SV% of 1.000 and picked up his 2nd shutout of the season.
  • b) Lindgren has a record of 3-3-0-0 over his last 6 starts giving up 17 goals on 180 shots for a SV% of .906.
  • c) Terry had 1 goal and 1 assist to give him 5 goals and 8 assists in his last 10 games played to go along with a 4 game point streak.
  • d) Redmond is the 27th different player to score a goal for the IceCaps this season.
  • e) Hudon picked up a goal giving him 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • f) Scherbak picked up an assist giving him points in 2 straight games.
  • g) Friberg had 2 assists breaking a 6 game scoreless streak.
  • h) Redmond now has 1 goal and 2 assists since being sent down 4 games ago.
  • i) Broll had 20 of 41 penalty minutes handed out to the IceCaps while Farnham had 14.
  • j) The IceCaps have scored just 2 goal on their last 36 chances on the power play over the last 10 games for a 5.6% success rate.
  • k) Former Habs Kristo had 0 points, 2 shots and a -1 rating while Kostopoulos had 0 points, 3 shots and a -1 rating.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Charlie Lindgren of St. John’s who stopped 31 of 31 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Chris Terry of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Max Friberg of St. John’s with 2 assists, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Yannick Veilleux with 1 goal, 1 shot and a +1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Charlie Lindgren of St. John’s who stopped 31 of 31 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Chris Terry of St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Max Friberg of St. John’s with 2 assists, 2 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Charles Hudon with 1 goal, 3 shots and a +2 rating.

12  Charlie Lindgren makes 31 saves and St. John’s scores 4 unanswered second period goals on their way to a 4-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in front of 3689 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre PA.

The first period would be a scoreless with the Penguins out-shooting the IceCaps 11-9.

Charles Hudon opens the scoring at the 7 minute mark of the second period getting his 14th of the year unassisted.

Chris Terry gets his team leading 15th goal of the year just 49 seconds later with assists to Nikita Scherbak and Ryan Johnston.

Zach Redmond scores his 1st as an IceCap at 15:57 of the second on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 3-0 IceCaps with Chris Terry and Max Friberg drawing the assists.

Yannick Veilleux makes it 4-0 scoring a shorthanded goal at 18:40 of the second period with assists to Max Friberg and Julien Brouillette.

The third period would be scoreless with the Penguins out-shooting the IceCaps 12-9.

Charlie Lindgren would stop 31 of 31 shots to pick up the win while Casey DeSmith would stop 22 of 26 shots in a losing cause. Final Score: 4-0 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. where they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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