Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Portland Pirates at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland.
1 A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:
Lessio – Hudon – Holloway Ellis– Dietz
Bournival – McCarron– Dumont Hanley – Lernout
MacMillan – de la Rose – Fournier Bennett – Didier
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire
Starting Goalie: Fucale
Scratches: Bozon, Thrower, Friberg and Neilson
Injuries: Scherbak (end of Jan.), Johnston (back surgery) and Crisp (day-to-day)
IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto and Carr
IceCaps in Brampton: Brown and Miceli
2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 3 tonight bringing their season total to 20 for 118 for a 16.9% success rate. The power play entered the game in 14th place scoring 19 goals on 115 attempts for a 16.5% success rate along with giving up 1 shorthanded goal. At home the power play entered the game in 20th place scoring just 8 times on 52 attempts for a 16.5% success rate.
3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 123 for 143 for a 86.0% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 4th place giving just 18 goals on 139 attempts for a 87.1% success rate while scoring 2 shorthanded goal. At home the penalty kill entered the game in 10th place giving up 8 goals on 63 attempts for a success rate of 87.3%.
4 The IceCaps were outshot by the Pirates 38-30. Holloway led the Icecaps and all players with 6 shots while Schremp led the Pirates and all players with 6 shots. (1st period 20-6 Pirates, 2nd period 12-10 Pirates, 3rd period 14-6 IceCaps )
5 This was the 1st of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 0-1-0-0 record scoring 1 while giving up 5.
6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 16-10-5-3 scoring 102 while giving up 108. Their road record is 8-8-1-2 scoring 49 while giving up 60 while their home record now stands at 8-2-4-1 scoring 52 while giving up 48.
7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-4-1-1 scoring 26 while giving up 30. They entered the game in 3rd place in their division .172 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 16-10-5-3 scoring 102 while giving up 108. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 15-13-6-0 scoring 92 and giving up 98.
9 Quick points:
10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:
11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:
12 St. John’s gives up three unanswered goals on their way to a 5-1 loss to the Portland Pirates in front of 5691 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland
John McFarland would get the Pirates on the board first scoring at 4:56 of the opening period with assists going to Rob Schremp and Brent Regner.
Rob Schremp scores on a one timer at 19:36 of the first period while the Pirates were on a 5 on 3 power play with helpers going to Cameron Gaunce and Brent Regner.
Greg McKegg makes it a 3-0 Portland lead at 6:39 of the second with assists going to Brent Regner and Michael Matheson.
Bud Holloway with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle beats Mike MeKenna on the power play at 12:45 of the second frame making it a 3-1 game with helpers going to Morgan Ellis and Lucas Lessio.
Connor Brickley scores on the power play at 7:25 of the third to put the Pirates up by three assists to Cameron Gaunce and Rob Schremp.
Dylan Olson would get an empty netter with just 14 seconds left in the game to make it 5-1 Portland.
Zach Fucale would stop 33 of 37 shots in a losing cause while Mike McKenna would stop 29 of 30 to get the victory. Final score: 5-1 Pirates.
Next game for the IceCaps is on Saturday Jan 9 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland where they take on the Portland Pirates.
13 A look at the periods:
Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:
The Brampton Beast get beat 4-3 in overtime by the Kalamazoo Wings in front of 1691 fans at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Brampton entered the game with a record of 11-16-3-1 scoring 84 goals while giving up 108. They are last place in their division with 26 points, 14 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.
Travis Brown had 0 goals, 2 assists, 6 shots and a +2 rating.
Angelo Miceli had 0 goals, 2 assists, 0 shots and a +1 rating.