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IceCaps report – April 5

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens have a new farm team this season, the St. John's IceCaps. To help Canadiens fans track the team's performance in the AHL, we have invited Charles Dart, website contributor of the IceCaps' official website to prepare a bi-weekly summary of the action in Newfoundland.


ST. JOHN’S – As the cliché goes, “like father, like son”. Unfortunately for both the parent Canadiens and affiliate IceCaps, the playoff dream for this season has officially ended.

With a 4-1 loss on Friday, April 1st versus the Philadelphia Flyers farm team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the St. John’s IceCaps were mathematically eliminated from Calder Cup contention.

The IceCaps followed up with a 4-0 loss to the Phantoms on Saturday in what was Ben Scrivens’ first AHL game since December 20th, 2015.

Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre and his team returned to the Rock on March 30th after their longest road trip (seven games) of the season. The club went 2-5-0 in action versus the Utica Comets, Syracuse Crunch, Rochester Americans and Toronto Marlies.

“It’s a tough weekend,” said Lefebvre after Saturday’s match. “It’s tough to come back from a long road trip like this and play right away. I could feel that the guys didn’t have any energy.”

Lefebvre has had to juggle a combination of returning, new, and departing players within a consistently changing lineup night in and night out, especially as of late.

“We’re going to have some new faces coming in from junior and we’ll see what we’re going to do with our roster this week.”

Less than 48 hours later it was announced that Daniel Audette and Jeremiah Addison were added to the IceCaps mix after their respective junior teams were eliminated from further playoff action.

Other first year players have also been signed of the course of the past two weeks as well.

Forward Cory Ward and defencemen Tom Parisi and Chris Joyaux were signed to Amateur Tryout Contracts (ATO) after finishing their collegiate hockey careers.

Parisi signed a two-year (two-way) deal with the Canadiens and attended the Habs development camp in July 2015.

Ward completed his career with Bemidji State University in Minnesota while Joyaux is coming off his career with Miami University in Ohio.

With the multitude of player recalls to Montreal, the IceCaps defensive corps is down to three players from the season opening roster. However, the IceCaps are fully loaded on the front end with 17 forwards and with the influx of forward players, Shane Bakker and Andrew Yogan were released from the PTO contracts.

Out of the 26 players on the active roster, 17 are in their first season of pro hockey.

The IceCaps have just four games left on tap for the season, all of which will be played at Mile One Centre.

Bud Holloway is four points shy of his personal best 61-point AHL campaign set back in 2010-2011, and is just two points shy from tying the IceCaps single season record of 59. Holloway is eight in AHL league scoring.

Captain Gabriel Dumont surpassed his personal best of 45 points set last season. He sits at 46 points, one goal shy of another personal best of 20 goals.

Full team stats are available here.

Updated Depth Chart and Lineup
*denotes rookie, italics denotes not in last game’s lineup, **Injured

Forwards

*NIKITA SCHERBAK

GABRIEL DUMONT "C"

BUD HOLLOWAY "A"

*TIM BOZON

*ANGELO MICELI

MAX FRIBERG

*BRANDON MCNALLY

*MARK MACMILLAN

*JEREMY GRÉGOIRE

*aLEXANDRE RANGER (pto)

*Cory Ward (ATO)

*MICHAEL MCCARRON


*DANIEL AUDETTE

*JEREMIAH ADDISON (ATO)

JACOB DE LA ROSE

CHARLES HUDON
*MARKUS EISENSCHMID
**MICHAËL bOURNIVAL **cONNOR CRISP


Defensemen

*TOM PARISI (ato)

*JOSIAH DIDIER

*Christopher Joyaux (ATO)

MORGAN ELLIS

Mac Bennett

*DALTON THROWER





Goalies

Eddie Pasquale

*Zachary Fucale

BEN SCRIVENS






Charles Dart is a writer for the St. John’s IceCaps.
Twitter: @CharlesMDart
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