Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 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:
Bournival – McCarron – Holloway Hanley – Lernout
Hudon – Dumont – Eisenschmid Ellis – Didier
Lessio – de la Rose – Friberg Bennett – Dietz
Gregoire – MacMillan – Fournier
Starting Goalie: Fucale
Scratches: McNally, Fournier and Neilson
Injuries: Scherbak (end of Jan.), Johnston (end of Jan) and Crisp (concussion)
IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Brown, Bozon and Miceli
2 The IceCaps power play went 2 for 6 tonight bringing their season total to 23 for 134 for a 17.2% success rate. The power play entered the game in 14th place scoring 21 goals on 128 attempts for a 16.4% success rate along with giving up 3 shorthanded goals. At home the power play entered the game in 21st place scoring just 10 times on 65 attempts for a 15.4% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 130 for 154 for a 84.4% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 8th place giving just 22 goals on 150 attempts for a 85.3% success rate while scoring 2 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 19th place giving up 12 goals on 74 attempts for a success rate of 84.5%.
4 The IceCaps outshot the Penguins 40-19. Dumont led the Icecaps and all players with 4 shots while 6 different Penguins had 2 shots each. (1st period 17-7 IceCaps, 2nd period 10-7 IceCaps, 3rd period 13-5 IceCaps )
5 This was the 4th of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-4-0-0 record scoring 8 while giving up 17.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 16-13-5-3 scoring 108 while giving up 120. Their road record is 8-8-1-2 scoring 49 while giving up 60 while their home record now stands at 8-5-4-1 scoring 58 while giving up 60.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 3-6-0-1 scoring 26 while giving up 34. They entered the game in 3rd place in their division .233 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 16-13-5-3 scoring 108 while giving up 120. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 16-15-6-0 scoring 97 and giving up 99.
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 blows a two goal lead giving up four unanswered goals on their way to a 6-4 defeat to the Penguins in front of 5056 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland.
Max Friberg picks up his first goal as an IceCap at the one minute mark of the opening period with assists going to Jacob de la Rose and Lucas Lessio.
Mark MacMillan puts the IceCaps up 2-0 scoring his 4th of the year at 9:44 of the first with helpers to Gabriel Dumont and Charles Hudon.
Dominik Uher cuts the lead in half at the eleven minute mark of the first period with assists going to Tom Kostopoulos and Derrick Pouliot.
Just twenty-five seconds later Conor Sheary goes top shelf beating Zach Fucale to tie the game 2-2 assists to Kael Mouillierat and Scott Wilson.
Morgan Ellis with a blast from the point would beat Tristan Jarry at 18:25 of the first frame to put the IceCaps back on top 3-2. Bud Holloway and Max Friberg would get credited with the assists.
Bud Holloway with a point shot on the power play makes it a 4-2 game at 14:42 of the second period with helpers going to Morgan Ellis and Michael McCarron.
Less than two-minutes later Matia Marantuoni scores cutting the lead in half with assists going to Steve Oleksy and Derrick Pouliot.
Kael Mouillierat beats Zach Fucale five hole on the power play to tie the game with just two minutes left in the middle frame. Scott Wilson and Conor Sheary with the assists.
With Charles Hudon off for high-sticking Scott Wilson would score at 1:20 of the third to give the Penguins the lead for the first time in the game 5-4. Conor Sheary and Derrick Pouliot get the helpers on the play.
Josh Archibald scores at 4:47 of the third to put the Penguins up 6-4 with assists going to Will O’Neill and Clark Seymour that would be it for Zach Fucale as Eddie Pasquale would replace him.
Zach Fucale would stopped just 10 of 16 in a losing cause while Eddie Pasquale would stop 3 of 3 in a mop up roll, Tristan Jarry would stop 36 of 40 to get the victory. Final score: 6-4 Penguins.
Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Jan 16 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland where they take on the Toronto Marlies.
13 A look at the periods:
Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:
The Brampton Beast don’t play until Wednesday January 13 when they take on the Florida Everblades at Germain Arena in Estero Florida. Brampton has a record of 12-16-4-2 scoring 96 goals while giving up 118. They are last place in their division with 27 points, 15 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.
Travis Brown has played 34 games scored 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points to go along with a -2 rating.
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.
Angelo Miceli has played 8 games scored 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points to go along with a -3 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.
Stefan Fournier has played 5 games scored 0 goals and 1 assist for 1 point to go along with a -5 rating. Currently in St. John’s.
Tim Bozon has played 6 games scored 0 goals and 2 assists for 2 points to go along with a -5 rating.
Dalton Thrower has played 5 games scored 0 goal and 2 assists for 2 points to go along with a -2 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.