IceCaps –Thunderbirds: A Numbers Game (Dec. 9, 2016)

Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs the Springfield Thunderbirds game 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:

Hudon – Terry – Audette                                                                      Hanley – Racine

de la Rose – McCarron – Friberg                                                         Lernout – Barberio

Matteau – Eisenschmid – Farnham                                                     Brouillette – Johnston

Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire

Starting Goalie: Danis
Backup Goalie: Lindgren

Scratches: Crisp, Didier, Samuelsson, Parisi and Veilleux

Injuries: Scherbak

IceCaps in Montreal: Carr and Andrighetto  

IceCaps in Brampton: Thrower, Gagnon and Fucale

Notes:

  • Barberio and Hudon were sent back down to St. John’s Dec. 7.
  • Andrighetto was recalled to Montreal on Dec. 7.
  • Barberio and McCarron were recalled to Montreal after the game.

2 The IceCaps power play went 1 for 2 to bring their season total to 26 for 106 for a 24.5% success rate. Note: The IceCaps entered the game with the 4th ranked PP in the league with a 24.0% success rate and have given up 4 shorthanded goals.

3 St. John’s penalty kill went 2 for 4 tonight to bring their season total to 86 for 112 for a 76.8% success rate. Note: The Icecaps entered the game with the 24th ranked PK in the league with a 77.8% success rate.

The IceCaps out-shot the Thunderbirds 38-30. McCarron led the IceCaps and all players with 8 shots while Horvat and Acolaste led the Thunderbirds with 4 shots each. (1st period 16-6 IceCaps, 2nd Period 16-10  Thunderbirds, 3rd period 12-8 IceCaps )

5 This was the 3rd of 4 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 1-1-1-0 record scoring 11 while giving up 12.

6 The IceCaps season record now stands at 13-11-1-0 scoring 77 while giving up 80. Their road record is 5-6-1-0 scoring 33 while giving up 36 while their home record now stands at 8-5-0-0 scoring 44 while giving up 44.

7 In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 5-4-0-0 scoring 21 while giving up 28. The IceCaps are currently in 4th place in the division .146 pct behind division leader Syracuse and 10th in the conference .217 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 13-11-1-0 scoring 77 while giving up 80. Last year their record was 12-7-4-2 scoring 77 and giving up 81.

9 Quick points:

  • a) Hudon had 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating in his 1st game back since being sent down.
  • b) Barberio had 3 assists, 3 shots and a +3 rating in his 1st game back since being sent down.
  • c) Danis has now won 4 in a row stopping 127 of 137 shots for a SV% of .927.
  • d) 6 different Icecaps scored goals tonight and 9 different players recorded at least 1 point tonight.
  • e) Brouillette and Racine were the only IceCaps not to have a shot on goal tonight.
  • f) Hanley finished the game with a team leading +4 rating.
  • g) Terry now has goals in 3 straight games since returning and 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 7 games played.
  • h) McCarron had 1 goal, 8 shots and a +1 rating in his 1st game back from injury.
  • i) McCoshen of Springfield was -3 in the 1st period and finished the game with a -4 rating.
  • j) Former Habs Bozon had 0 points, 1 shot and a -1 rating and MacAuley had 1 assist, 1 shots and a +1 rating.

10 A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Mark Barberio of St. John’s with 3 assists, 3 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Chris Terry of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Ryan Horvat of Springfield with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Michael McCarron with 1 goal, 8 shots and a +1 rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Chris Terry of St. John’s with 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots and a +2 rating.
  • 2nd Star: Mark Barberio of St. John’s with 3 assists, 3 shots and a +3 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Ryan Horvat of Springfield with 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Michael McCarron with 1 goal, 8 shots and a +1 rating.

12  Chris Terry and Mark Barberio each record a 3 point night to lead the IceCaps to a 6-5 victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds in front of 4759 fans at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Charles Hudon opens the scoring at 4:33 of the first period scoring his 10th of the season with helpers to Daniel Audette and Chris Terry.

Less than a minute later Joel Hanley makes it 2-0 IceCaps with Stefan Matteau drawing the lone assist on the play.

Anthony Greco cuts the lead in half at 11:53 of the first period with Ryan Horvat drawing the lone assist.

Eric Robinson ties the game at 15:14 of the opening period with Stephan MacAulay getting the only assist on the play.

Just 14 second later Chris Terry puts the Icecaps back on top getting his 9th of the year from Charles Hudon.

Dryden Hunt scores on power play at 6:19 of the second period to tie the game 3-3 with the lone assist going to Chase Balisy.

Ryan Horvat puts the Thunderbirds on top 4-3 at 15:19 of the second period with assists going to Jared McCann and Ed Wittchow.

A little over a minute later Max Friberg scores his 5th of the season to tie game with helpers going to Mark Barberio and Jacob de la Rose.

Shane Harper scores on the power play at 9:27 of the third to put Springfield up 5-4 with helpers going to Sena Acolatse and Mike Sgarbossa.

Just over a minute later Michael McCarron ties the game on the power play with assists going to Chris Terry and Mark Barberio.

Stefan Matteau puts the Icecaps back on top scoring at 11:19 of the third with assists going to Mark Barberio and Joel Hanley.

Yann Danis would stop 25 of 30 shots to pick up the win while Mike McKenna would stop 32 of 38 in a losing cause. Final Score: 6-5 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps is Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds.

 

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