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IceCaps report – Feb. 9

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 – It’s been a tough month of hockey into the New Year for the St. John’s IceCaps. As per the last IceCaps report on Jan. 26, the club started off 2016 with a win, followed up with a five-game losing streak. St. John’s seemed to turn things around starting with a 6-4 victory against the first-place Toronto Marlies (TOR) on January 17th followed up by an overtime loss to Bridgeport (NYI), and two wins versus the Albany Devils (NJ) on the 22nd and 23rd.

However, the IceCaps are 0-4-1- in their last five since then, and have only managed eight goals in that span while allowing 20. The team has not scored more than three goals in a single game since January 22nd, and has only managed five, three-plus goals-for games in 2016 with a 4-9-2-0 record to show for it.

This past weekend, the IceCaps hosted the Utica Comets (VAN) at Mile One Centre and sported their special edition tribute jerseys that celebrated and honoured the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. On Friday night, St. John’s outshot Utica 42-32 but dropped a 5-2 decision. Goaltender Eddie Pasquale stopped 26 of 28 shots in relief of Zach Fucale, who gave up three goals on four shots to start the game. Pasquale got the nod in net for Saturday’s contest and played well once again with another 26-save performance. However, St. John’s gave up the tying goal with 1:28 remaining in the third period and the IceCaps went on to lose by a score of 3-2 just five seconds into overtime.

“It’s very disappointing. It stings. It hurts, what can you say,” said head coach Sylvain Lefebvre following Saturday night’s loss. “With a minute-and-a-half to go, you’re expecting them to pull the goalie. We lined up two or three mistakes after playing a pretty solid game. You can spell it [loss] how you want, it’s a big one.”

Lefebvre didn’t spend a long time dwelling on the past, but he was obviously disappointed after his team played well.

“As a whole, we can be as disappointed as we can be, but we need to roll up our sleeves. There’s another big team coming in [that] we’re fighting against to make the playoffs and it’s going to be hard-fought,” said Lefebvre. “Then we have Toronto coming in. It doesn’t get easier and we know that.”

Not all IceCaps news from The Rock has been dark and foggy:

•    NHL All-Star MVP John Scott and his wife Danielle welcomed healthy twin daughters on February 5th. He did not play in the weekend series versus Utica as he was in Michigan with his family.

•    Rookie Michael McCarron and Morgan Ellis took part in the AHL All-Star festivities on January 31st and February 1st in Syracuse. McCarron potted a goal in the All-Star Classic and went four for five in the Rapid Fire event. Ellis recorded an assist in the Classic and clocked in a 100.0 mph slap shot at the Hardest Shot event.

•    Shane Bakker and Alexandre Ranger were signed to PTO’s and made their IceCaps debuts versus the Comets. Bakker played 15 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, and pummeled Darren Archibald on his first shift with St. John’s.

The IceCaps host the Syracuse Crunch (TBL) tonight and Wednesday night before wrapping up their six-game home stand with games against the Marlies on February 13th and 14th. St. John’s will pack up and head to New York State to play Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany, Utica, and Syracuse once again on February 27th before returning home.

Full team stats are available here.

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

Forward

CHARLES HUDON

NIKITA SCHERBAK

BUD HOLLOWAY "A"

JACOB DE LA ROSE

GABRIEL DUMONT "C"

*MICHAEL MCCARRON

*TIM BOZON

*MARK MACMILLAN

MAX FRIBERG

SHANE BAKKER

*ANGELO MICELI

*ALEXANDRE RANGER

*BRANDON MCNALLY

CONNOR CRISP

*MARKUS EISENSCHMID

MICHAËL BOURNIVAL JOHN SCOTT *JEREMY GRÉGOIRE

Defensemen

VICTOR BARTLEY

MORGAN ELLIS "A"

JOEL HANLEY

*BRETT LERNOUT

*RYAN JOHNSTON

DARREN DIETZ

MAC BENNETT

*DALTON THROWER

*JOSIAH DIDIER


Goaltenders

Eddie Pasquale

*Zachary Fucale







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