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IceCaps report – Jan. 26

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.


Photo credit: St. John's IceCaps
ST. JOHN’S – The St. John’s IceCaps struggled in the first half of January. To start off the New Year the IceCaps recorded a 3-1 victory against the Utica Comets on January 2nd. However, the IceCaps dropped five straight with all games being played at Mile One Centre.

Russian rookie Nikita Scherbak returned to the lineup for Saturday’s game after missing a month due to injury. On Sunday, January 17th the IceCaps dropped the league’s top team and archrival Toronto Marlies by a score of 6-4 in the final game of their six-game home stand.

“Well it’s like getting the monkey off your back. It’s a big win for us, especially against the Marlies. It’s a big confidence booster for our team going into a long road trip,” head coach Sylvain Lefebvre noted after the team’s victory.

“We played a strong game throughout and I thought out special teams were really good.”

Goaltender Zachary Fucale during the game against the Toronto Marlies.
Photo credit: St. John's IceCaps
St. John’s dominated the Marlies in special teams, scoring twice on the power play and shutting out the Marlies all five times on the penalty kill.

German rookie Markus Eisenschmid even scored a shorthanded beauty for his first pro goal.

“When our special teams are good we have a really good chance to win.”

The confidence of the IceCaps is evident. In their last four matches, since their five-game skid, they have a 3-0-1 record. In those four games they have had an 85.7% penalty kill and 21.1% power play.

St. John’s has the 11th ranked penalty kill at 84.1% and the 14th ranked power play at 17.4%.

New acquisitions John Scott and Victor Bartley made their debuts on the road versus the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 20th.

John Scott is wearing No. 33 with the St. John's IceCaps.
Photo credit: Puck Stopper Photography
Scott arrived in St. John’s on January 15th and was greeted by a media scrum after the IceCaps game the following night.

“I don’t expect to come in here and play 20 minutes or anything… [I’m here to] bring myself just do what I do,” Scott said about his role in St. John’s.

“[I’m here to] bring my experience and try to teach them on how to be a pro and guide them.”

Defenceman Mark Barberio, currently on recall with the Canadiens, and rookie forward Michael McCarron will take part in the AHL All-Star festivities on January 31st and February 1st in Syracuse, New York.

The IceCaps wrap up their six game road trip with games against the Portland Pirates and Hartford Wolf Pack this week before returning home to host the Utica Comets on February 5th and 6th.

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

LUCAS LESSIO

*MICHAEL MCCARRON

NIKITA SCHERBAK

SVEN ANDRIGHETTO

CHARLES HUDON

*MARKUS EISENSCHMID

Michaël Bournival

GABRIEL DUMONT "C"

MAX FRIBERG

JOHN SCOTT

*MARK MACMILLAN

"JEREMY GRÉGOIRE

BUD HOLLOWAY

CONNOR CRISP

 

Defensemen

JOEL HANLEY

*BRETT LERNOUT

MORGAN ELLIS

DARREN DIETZ

*RYAN JOHNSTON

*JOSIAH DIDIER

MAC BENNETT

*DALTON THROWER

VICTOR BARTLEY


Goaltenders

*Zachary Fucale

Eddie Pasquale







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