IceCaps – Penguins: A Numbers Game (Nov. 4, 2015)

Penguins defeat IceCaps (Photo: WBS)

Penguins defeat IceCaps (Photo: WBS)

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-Barra, Pa.

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

Andrighetto – Hudon – Holloway                     Barberio – Pateryn

Carr – McCarron – Thomas                                Ellis – Dietz

De La Rose – Dumont – Gregoire                    Hanley – Lernout

McNally – Eisenschmid – Fournier

Starting Goalie: Fucale

Scratches: Didier, Bennett, Thrower, Nielson and Crisp

Injuries: Johnston, Scherbak and Bozon (upper-body, out 1 month)

IceCaps in Montreal: Tokarski

IceCaps in Brampton: MacMillan, Miceli and Brown 

Note: Greg Pateryn was sent down on a conditioning stint.

2  The IceCaps power play went 1 for 3 tonight bringing their season total to 6 for 36 for a 16.7% success rate. The power play entered the game in 20th place scoring 5 goals on 33 attempts for a 15.2% success rate along with giving up 1 shorthanded goal. On the road the power play entered the game in 12th place scoring just 2 times on 13 attempts for a 15.4% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 44 for 50 for a 88.0% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 3rd place giving just 5 goals on 47 attempts for a 89.4% success rate while scoring 1 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 6th place giving up 2 goals on 21 attempts for a success rate of 90.5%.

4  The IceCaps outshot  the Penguins 43-22. McCarron and Gregoire led the Icecaps and all players with 5 shots while Kuhnhackl led the Penguins with 4 shots (1st period 12-10 IceCaps, 2nd period 10-7 IceCaps, 3rd period 21-5 IceCaps)

5  This was the 1st of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-1-0-0 record scoring 2 while giving up 5.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 6-4-1-1 scoring 37 while giving up 41. Their road record now stands at 2-4-0-0 scoring 11 while giving up 23 while their home record is 4-0-1-1 scoring 25 while giving up 18.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-3-1-1 scoring 33 while giving up 34. They enter the game in 2nd place in their division 2 points behind 1st place Toronto.

8  After tonight’s game their record now stands at 6-4-1-1 scoring 37 while  giving up 41. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 4-6-2-0 scoring 33 and giving up 33.

9  Quick points:

  • a)  Fucale got pulled for the 1st time in his pro career giving up 4 goals on 13 shots his record now stands at 4-2-0-0 giving up 17 goals on 175 shots for a SV% of .903.
  • b)  Icecaps took 43 shots on goal including 21 in the 3rd period tonight which are both season highs.
  • c)  Barberio picked up an assist giving him a 6 game point streak in which he has 1 goal and 7 assists.
  • d)  This was the 5th time they had over 30 shot for in a game dropping their record to 3-2-0-0 scoring 17 while giving up 16.
  • e)  Holloway picked up a point tonight giving him 14 points in 12 games played he has scored a point in 9 of the 12 games he has played.
  • f)  Pateryn finished the game with 0 points, 3 shots and a -2 rating.
  • g)  Hudon, Lernout, Hanley and McNally were all held shot less tonight.
  • h)  The line of McCarron, Carr and Thomas had 2 goals, 2 assists, 12 shots and a -3 rating.
  • I)  All IceCaps except Ellis, Hudon, Hanley, Holloway and Andrighetto had negative ratings each finished at even.
  • j)  4 different Penguins had 2 or more points tonight Kuhnhackl, Dea, O’Neil and Warsofsky
  • k)  Former Habs Tom Kostopoulos

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Tom Kuhnhackl of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Jean-Sebastian Dea of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 shots and a +3 rating
  • 3rd Star: Will O’Neil of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 3 assists and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Jeremy Gregoire with 5 shots and a -1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Jean-Sebastian Dea of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Tom Kuhnhackl of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Will O’Neilof Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 3 assists and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Michael McCarron with 1 goal, 1 assist,6 shots and a -1 rating.

12 Zach Fucale gives up 3 goals on 3 shots in the second period as the IceCaps are dropped 5-1 by the Penguins in front of 3804 fans Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barra, Pa.

Tom Kuhnhackl would score on a shot from the top of the faceoff circle at 8:36 of the first to put the Penguins up 1-0 with assists going to Jean-Sebastian Dea and Niclas Anderson.

McCarron with 2 points on the night (Photo: IceCaps)

McCarron with 2 points on the night (Photo: IceCaps)

Michael McCarron scored his team leading 6th goal of the year on the power play at 11:08 of the first frame. Bud Holloway and Mark Barberio would get credited with the assists.

Carter Rowney would beat Zach Fucale high blocker side with less than a minute gone in the second period putting the Penguins up 2-1. Will O’Neil and Dominik Simon would get the helpers on the play.

Jean-Sebastian Dea gets a power play marker at 2:30 of the second beating Zach Fucale glove side this time to make it a 3-1 game. Will O’Neil and David Warsofsky pick up the assists.

Less than a minute later Tom Kuhnhackl makes it 4-1 beating Fucale five hole with assists going to Jean-Sebastian Dea and Will O’Neil.

At 14:01 of the second David Warsofsky extends the Penguins lead to four beating Eddie Pasquale who took over for Fucale at the 3:29 mark of the period. Jean-Sebastian Dea and Tom Kuhnhackl would get credited with the assists.

Christian Thomas gets his 5th of the season to make it a 5-2 game at 11:56 of the third with helpers going to Daniel Carr and Michael McCarron.

Zach Fucale would stop just 9 of 14 shots to get the loss while Eddie Pasquale would stop 0 of 0 in a mop up role. Matt Murray would stop 26 of 28 shots to pick up the win. Final score: 5-1 Penquins.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Friday  Nov. 6th in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. where they take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.


13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • IceCaps 12-10 on the shot clock and 1-1 on the scoreboard.
  • Period pretty even the Penguins ran into penalty trouble.
  • Jeremy Gregoire would have 3 shots on goal in the period.

2nd Period:

  • IceCaps 7-3 on the shot clock in the 1st 10 minutes of the period but 3-0 Penguins on the scoreboard.
  • Penguins 4-3 on the shot clock in the 2nd 10 minutes of the period and 1-0 on the scoreboard.
  • Not a good period for the IceCaps gave up 3 goals in 3 minutes and 29 seconds on just 3 shots.
  • Fucale just couldn’t make a save.
  • Gave up 4 goals on just 7 shots.

3rd Period:

  • IceCaps 9-2 on the shot clock in the 1st 10 minutes of the period but 0-0 on the scoreboard.
  • IceCaps 12-3 on the shot clock in the 2nd 10 minutes of the period and 1-0 on the scoreboard.
  • IceCaps best period.



Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

The Beast didn’t play tonight their record now stands at 1-5-1-0 scoring just 17 goals while giving up 26. They are last in their division with 3 points 5 points behind division leader the Wheeling Nailers.

Travis Brown 7GP 2G 0A 2Pts. -1 rating

Angelo Miceli 5GP 2G 2A 4Pts. -1 rating

Stefan Fournier 5GP 0G 1A 1Pts. -5 rating

Mark MacMillan 3GP 0G 0A 0Pts. -4 rating

Josiah Didier  3GP 1G 0A 1Pt +1 rating

Eddie Pasquale 1-4-1-0 .883SV% 3.53GAA

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