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 5 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.
4 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:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
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.