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IceCaps report - Dec. 1

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 - The St. John’s IceCaps are entering the final month of 2015 on a high note with an eight-game point streak (5-0-2-1) during which they have been rolling an 11F, 7D setup. The IceCaps wrapped up a four-game home stand on November 21st with a win and an overtime loss to the visiting Syracuse Crunch.

After taking to the road for another six-game road stand last week, the IceCaps played three games in less than 70 hours this past weekend.

The spotlight was upon Bud Holloway this week as he was recalled to the NHL for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old played his first NHL game on Friday night, was sent down to St. John’s on Saturday night, and recorded three points in his return to the lineup for a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday afternoon. He remains tied for second in the AHL with 23 points, and his 17 assists top all AHL players.

For his part, Charles Hudon earned CCM/AHL Player of the Week honors after amassing six points (3G, 3A) on a current three-game streak, including a two-goal performance Saturday afternoon followed up with a goal and two assists Sunday afternoon against the Marlies.

Michael McCarron continues to be among the top AHL rookies as he sits in third place with 20 points (9G, 11A) in 21 GP.

Captain Gabriel Dumont has eight points in his last eight games, including this beauty of a goal last Saturday night against the Marlies.

Defenseman Morgan Ellis is continually producing from the blue line. The Prince Edward Island native is on his second three-game point streak of the season (2G, 3A) and is tied for second among all AHL players with a plus-12 rating.

Jarred Tinordi’s conditioning stint with St. John’s is off to a great start. The 23-year-old defenseman has one assist along with a plus-3 rating through three games in his first action this season.

Goaltender Zachary Fucale has played three games since the last IceCaps Report and has a 1-0-1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and .942 save percentage. Fucale is 7-2-1-1 with a 3.12 GAA and .907 save percentage on the year.

Fucale’s numbers are quite remarkable, keeping in mind that without counting a 9-for-13 save performance against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and a 23-for-31 performance against Toronto, his numbers would be among the best in the AHL: 7-1-0-1, 2.34 GAA, and .928 save percentage.

Full team stats are available here.

Even with the loss of heavy scoring power in the likes of Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto and Christian Thomas, who are all with the Canadiens, the IceCaps have the depth to remain a fierce contender for top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. St. John’s is tied for third with 72 GF this season, however they have just a +1 GF/GA differential.

The IceCaps conclude their road trip with single games against the Albany Devils (NJ), Utica Comets (VAN), and Binghamton Senators (OTT) before returning home for another four-game home stand starting December 11th.

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







Bud Holloway "A"





*Angelo Miceli

Connor Crisp

*Markus Eisenschmid

Eric Neilson

*Nikita Scherbak

Jacob de la Rose




Morgan Ellis




*Brett Lernout




**Zachary Fucale

Eddie Pasquale

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