IceCaps – Phantoms: A Numbers Game (Feb. 11, 2017)

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

Veilleux – de la Rose – Friberg                                                             Brouillette – Lernout

Matteau – Audette – Farnham                                                              Parisi – Johnston

Broll – MacMillan – Camara

Starting Goalie: Danis
Backup Goalie: Lindgren

Scratches: Ranger, Eisenschmid, Didier, Gregoire and Samuelsson.


IceCaps in Montreal: Andrighetto, Carr and McCarron.

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


2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 3 to bring their season total to 37 for 194 for a 19.1% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 10th ranked PP in the league with a 18.8% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 163 for 209 for a 78.0%  success rate Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 29th ranked PK in the league with a 77.5% success rate and have scored 5 shorthanded goals.

The IceCaps were out-shot by the Phantoms 28-21. Scherbak led the IceCaps with 4 shots while Sanheim, McDonald and Brennan led the Phantoms with 4 shots each. (1st period 11-5 Phantoms, 2nd period 10-8 IceCaps, 3rd period 9-6 Phantoms)

5 This was the 2nd of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 1-1-0-0 record scoring 6 while giving up 8.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 23-21-5-1 scoring 139 while giving up 152. Their road record is 13-11-3-1 scoring 78 while giving up 81 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 4-5-1-0 scoring 27 while giving up 30. The IceCaps are currently in 4th place in the division .075 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 9th in the conference .235 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 23-21-5-1 scoring 139 while giving up 152. Last year their record was 22-18-7-3 scoring 144 and giving up 160.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Danis broke a 4 game losing streak giving up 3 goals on 28 shots for a SV% of .893.
  • b) Danis has a record of 1-3-1-0 over his last 5 starts giving up 17 goals on 151 shots for a SV% of .877.
  • c) Terry had a goal and an assist giving him 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games.
  • d) Hudon had a game high +3 rating while Veilleux and Hanley had a game low -2 rating each.
  • e) The IceCaps had 8 players with 0 shots, 2 with 1 shot, 6 with 2 shots and 2 with 3 or more shots.
  • f) Hudon picked up 1 goal and 2 assists giving him 4 goals and 4 assists in his last 6 games played.
  • g) The IceCaps have scored just 3 goal on their last 44 chances on the power play over the last 12 games for a 6.8% success rate.
  • h) Scherbak scored 1 goal and 2 assists to give him 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games played.
  • i) The line of Scherbak, Terry and Hudon combine for 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 shots and a +7 rating.
  • j) The IceCaps gave up a 0 power play goals on 5 chances tonight, over their last 6 games they have given up 3 goals on 23 chances for a 87.0% success rate.
  • k) Since being sent down 6 games ago Redmond has 1 goal, 3 assists, 9 shots and a -1 rating.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Charles Hudon of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Colin McDonald of Lehigh Valley with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Nikita Scherbak of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Joel Hanley with a -2 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Charles Hudon of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Nikita Scherbak of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Colin McDonald of Lehigh Valley with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Chris Terry with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating.

12  Charles Hudon and Nikita Scherbak have 3 points each to lead St. John’s to a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in front of 8450 fans at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

With less than a minute to go in the first period Robert Hagg scores to put the Phantoms up 1-0 with assists going to Andy Miele and Chris Connor.

Nikita Scherbak ties the game at 2:33 of the second period with assists to Tom Parisi and Charles Hudon.

Chris Terry gets his 16th of the year on the power play at 4:05 of the middle frame with Zach Redmond and Nikita Scherbak drawing the assists.

Mark MacMillan extends the lead to two scoring at 7:27 of the second with helpers going to Anthony Camara and Charles Hudon.

Mark Zengerle makes it a one goal game at the 11 minute mark of the middle frame scoring his 10th of the year for the Phantoms with Will O’Neil and Chris McDonald drawing the assists.

Chris McDonald score at 12:49 of the third to make it a 3-3 game with Will O’Neil and Mark Zengerle picking up the assists.

Charles Hudon with his 16th of the year to tie Chris Terry for the team lead at 15:27 of the third frame makes it a 4-3 game with Nikita Scherbak and Chris Terry getting the assists.

Yann Danis would stop 25 of 28 shots to pick up the win while Alex Lyon would stop just 17 of 21 shots in a losing cause. Final Score: 4-3 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Binghamton Senators.

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