IceCaps – Pirates: A Numbers Game (Jan. 27, 2016)

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Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Portland Pirates game at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland ME.

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

Lessio – McCarron – Scherbak                            Hanley – Lernout

Hudon – de la Rose –Andrighetto                        Ellis – Dietz

Bournival – Dumont – Friberg                             Johnston – Didier

Scott – MacMillan – Eisenschmid

Starting Goalie: Fucale

Scratches: Bennett, Gregoire and Thrower

Injuries: Crisp (concussion), Holloway (to be re-evaluated) and Bartley

IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio and Carr

IceCaps in Brampton: Brown, McNally, Bozon and Miceli


2  The IceCaps power play went 0 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 27 for 159 for a 17.0% success rate. The power play entered the game in 14th place scoring 27 goals on 155 attempts for a 17.4% success rate along with giving up 3 shorthanded goals. On the road the power play entered the game in 13th place scoring just 13 times on 75 attempts for a 16.7% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 7 for 8 tonight to bring their season total to 151 for 179 for a 84.4% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 12th place giving just 28 goals on 176 attempts for a 84.1% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 6th place giving up 12 goals on 85 attempts for a success rate of 85.9%.

4  The IceCaps were outshot by the Pirates 38-27Andrighetto led the Icecaps with 4 shots while Schremp led the Devils and all player with 5 shots. (1st period Pirates 13-6, 2nd period Pirates 13-12, 3rd period 12-9 Pirates )

5  This was the 3rd of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-3-0-0 record scoring 3 while giving up 14.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 19-15-6-3 scoring 126 while giving up 140. Their road record is 10-9-2-2 scoring 58 while giving up 70 while their home record now stands at 9-6-4-1 scoring 67 while giving up 70.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 3-6-1-0 scoring 25 while giving up 37. They entered the game in 3rd place in their division .235 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 19-15-6-3 scoring 126 while giving up 140. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 20-17-6-0 scoring 112 and giving up 112.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Ellis is in 2nd place in goals scored by a defenceman with 10 just 7 behind league leader T.J. Brennan.
  • b) Scott had 0 points, 0 shots, an even rating and 6 penalty minutes.
  • c) IceCaps had to kill off 8 Pirate power play opportunities giving up 1 goal.
  • d) Fucale has given up 12 goals on 122 shots over his last 4 starts for a record of 2-1-1-0 and a SV% of .902.
  • e) Hudon picked up an assist and now has 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 6 games played.
  • f) St. John’s has not been shutout all season and they have not shutout their opponent either all season.
  • g)  IceCaps are averaging 15.31 penalty minutes per game putting them in 11th place in that category.
  • h) St. John’s has now been outshot by their opponents 28 times this season for a record of 12-8-5-3.
  • i) Scherbak scored a goal giving him 2 goals in his last 3 games played.
  • j) Andrighetto had an assist giving him 3 goals, 3 assists and a 4 game point streak since being sent down 6 games ago
  • k) Icecaps had to kill off 2 double minor penalties in the game.
  • l) St. John’s ranks 9th in the league in goals scored per game with an average of 2.98.
  • m) The Icecaps are giving up 3.24 goals per game putting them in 27th place overall.
  • n) Johnston, Hanley and Eisenschmid were all held shot less tonight.
  • o) In 3 games against Portland this year only Dumont, Holloway and Scherbak have scored goals.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: John McFarland of Portland with 1 goal, 4 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Mike McKenna of Portland who stopped 26 of 27 shots.
  • 3rd Star: MacKenzie Weegar of Portland with 1 goal, 3 shots and a +1 rating.
  • Player of the Game: Gabriel Dumont with 2 shots and a -2 rating plus a fight.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Mike McKenna of Portland who stopped 26 of 27 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Brett Olson of Portland with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Zach Fucale of St. John’s who stopped 34 of 37 shots.
  • Player of the Game: Sven Andrighetto with 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.

12  Portland scores three early unanswered goal on their way to a 4-1 win over the IceCaps in front of 3718 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland ME .

 MacKenzie Weegar opens the scoring at 14:09 of the opening frame making it 1-0 Portland with assists going to Brett Olson and Garrett Wilson.

Rocco Grimaldi scores a power play goal on a one timer at 1:49 of the second to put the Pirates up by two with the lone assist going to Shane Harper.

John McFarland makes it 3-0 on a partial breakaway at 16:33 of the second frame with the lone assist going to Connor Brickley.

Nikita Scherbak breaks the shutout at 15:38 of the third period making it a 3-1 game with helpers going to Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto.

With seventeen seconds left in the game Brett Olson picks up a loose puck in his own end and shoots it down the ice into the open net to seal the deal.

Zach Fucale stopped 33 of 37 in a losing cause while Mike McKenna would stop 26 of 27 to pick up the win. Final score: 4-1 Pirates.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Friday Jan 29 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland ME where they take on the Portland Pirates.

13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • Pirates 5-3 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Pirates 8-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • No IceCap had more than 1 shot on goal in the period.
  • Pirates were by far the better team in the period.

2nd Period:

  • Pirates 6-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 9-7 on the shot clock but 1-0 Pirates on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps had to play the first 3:33 of the period shorthanded. (gave up a PP goal)
  • Dumont vs. Flick edge to Flick.
  • Pirates were the better team in the period.

3rd Period:

  • Pirates 8-5 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • 4-4 tie on the shot clock and 1-1 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps best period.
  • .They just couldn’t stay out of the penalty box.


Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

The Brampton Beast don’t play until Friday Jan. 29th when they take on the Toledo Walleye at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Brampton now has a record of 14-18-5-3  scoring 106 goals while giving up 134. They are in last place in their division with 36 points, 16 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.

Travis Brown has played 40 games scored 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points to go along with a -2 rating.

Angelo Miceli has played 22 games scored 6 goals and 12 assists for 18 points to go along with a -6 rating.

Tim Bozon has played 12 games scored 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points to go along with a -5 rating.

Branden McNally has played 4 games scored 0 goals and 0 assists for 0 points to go along with an even 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.

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.

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.

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.

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