Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.
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 – Friberg Brouillette – Lernout
Veilleux – Audette – Farnham Samuelsson – Johnston
Camara – MacMillan – Gregoire
Starting Goalie: Lindgren
Backup Goalie: Danis
Scratches: Ranger, Eisenschmid, Didier, Parisi and Broll.
IceCaps in Montreal: Andrighetto, Carr and McCarron.
IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Fucale, Crisp and Gagnon.
2 The IceCaps power play went 0 for 5 to bring their season total to 36 for 191 for a 18.8% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 10th ranked PP in the league with a 19.4% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 158 for 204 for a 77.5% success rate Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 28th ranked PK in the league with a 77.6% success rate and have scored 5 shorthanded goals.
4 The IceCaps were out-shot by the Phantoms 37-21. Hudon, Farnham and Terry led the IceCaps with 3 shots each while Knight led the Phantoms with 5 shots. (1st period 6-4 IceCaps, 2nd period 18-10 Phantoms, 3rd period 15-5 Phantoms)
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 4.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 22-21-5-1 scoring 135 while giving up 149. Their road record is 12-11-3-1 scoring 74 while giving up 78 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 30. The IceCaps are currently in 3rd place in the division .077 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 8th in the conference .219 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 22-21-5-1 scoring 135 while giving up 149. Last year their record was 21-18-7-3 scoring 141 and giving up 159.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Lehigh Valley scores two late third period goals to beat the IceCaps 4-2 in front of 8467 fans at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.
Bobby Farnham gets the IceCaps on the board first scoring his 8th of the year at 8:40 of the opening period with assists going to Julien Brouillette and Daniel Audette.
Travis Sanheim ties the game at 12:52 of the first period with assists going to Cole Bardreau and Corban Knight.
Just 24 seconds into the second period Charles Hudon scores his 15th of the year unassisted.
Chris Connor scores on the power play at 15:20 of the second period to tie the game 2-2 with Greg Carey drawing the lone assist on the play.
Charlie Lindgren stops Chris Connor on a penalty shot at 12:52 of the third to keep the game tied.
Mark Alt breaks the tie at 16:07 of the third putting the Phantoms on top 3-2 with helpers going to Chris Connor and Greg Carey.
With just over a minute left in the game Cole Bardreau scores an empty netter to put the Phantoms up 4-2 with assists going to Robert Hagg and Mark Alt.
Charlie Lindgren would stop 33 of 36 shots in a losing cause while Anthony Stolarz would stop 19 of 21 shots to get the win. Final Score: 4-2 Phantoms.
Next game for the IceCaps Saturday, Feb. 11 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. where they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.