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:
Hudon – Scherbak – Andrighetto Hanley – Lernout
Lessio – McCarron – Holloway Ellis – Dietz
Bournival – de la Rose – Dumont Bennett – Johnston
MacMillan – Eisenschmid – Friberg
Starting Goalie: Pasquale
Scratches: Didier, Scott and Gregoire
Injuries: Crisp (concussion) and Bartley
IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Brown, McNally, Bozon, Thrower and Miceli
Notes: Scott is away for the NHL all star break.
2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 5 tonight to bring their season total to 28 for 164 for a 17.1% success rate. The power play entered the game in 14th place scoring 27 goals on 159 attempts for a 17.0% success rate along with giving up 3 shorthanded goals. On the road the power play entered the game in 15th place scoring just 13 times on 82 attempts for a 15.9% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 155 for 186 for a 83.3% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 11th place giving just 29 goals on 184 attempts for a 84.2% success rate while scoring 3 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 5th place giving up 13 goals on 93 attempts for a success rate of 86.0%.
4 The IceCaps were outshot by the Pirates 35-29. Andrighetto, Scherbak and Dumont led the Icecaps with 3 shots each while Olsen and Grimaldi led the Devils and all player with 4 shots. (1st period 9-8 Pirates, 2nd period 12-9 IceCaps, 3rd period 17-9 Pirates)
5 This was the 4th of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-4-0-0 record scoring 5 while giving up 18.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 19-16-6-3 scoring 128 while giving up 144. Their road record is 10-10-2-2 scoring 60 while giving up 74 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 26 while giving up 38. They entered the game in 4th place in their division .253 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 19-16-6-3 scoring 128 while giving up 144. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 21-17-6-0 scoring 114 and giving up 113.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 Portland scores three third period goals on their way to a 4-2 win over the IceCaps in front of 3057 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland ME.
Cameron Gaunce gets the Pirates on the board first scoring his 2nd of the year high glove side at 10:11 of the opening period with assists going to John McFarland and MacKenzie Weegar.
Bud Holloway would score short side on a 5-on-3 power play with just forty-two seconds left in the second period to tie the game 1-1 with helpers going to Sven Andrighetto and Morgan Ellis.
Rocco Grimaldi makes it 2-1 Pirates at 1:59 of the third period with assists going to Mike Matheson and Wayne Simpson.
Rob Schremp scores on the power play at 12:07 of the third period to put the Pirates up 3-1 with assists to Mackenzie Weegar and Rob Flick.
Less than a minute later Rocco Grimaldi makes it 4-1 with helpers to Kyle Rau and Wayne Simpson.
Mark MacMillan gets his 5th of the year with just three seconds left in the game to make it 4-2 with assists going to Nikita Scherbak and Max Friberg.
Eddie Pasquale stopped 31 of 35 in a losing cause while Mike McKenna would stop 27 of 29 to pick up the win. Final score: 4-2 Pirates.
Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Jan 30 at the XL Center in Hartford CT where they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack.
13 A look at the periods:
Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:
The Brampton Beast dropped a 4-0 decision to the Toledo Walleye in front of 5470 fans at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Brampton now has a record of 14-19-5-3 scoring 106 goals while giving up 138. They are in last place in their division with 36 points, 18 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.
Travis Brown had 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 shots and an even rating.
Angelo Miceli had 0 goals, 0 assists, 3 shots and a -3 rating.
Tim Bozon had 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 shots and an even rating.
Branden McNally had 0 goals, 0 assists, 3 shots and a -3 rating.
Dalton Thrower had 0 goals, 0 assists, 3 shots and a -1 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.
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.