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IceCaps Report – Nov. 17

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 rolled into November after a promising 6-3-1-1 start to the season. The IceCaps dipped towards the end of October, going 1-2-0-1 in their last four games of the month before dropping their first two decisions in November versus the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

St. John’s finished their six-game road trip with a 2-4 record.

Returning home last weekend, the storied rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs extended into St. John’s as the IceCaps hosted the Maple Leafs’ affiliate Toronto Marlies at Mile One Centre. Both games were sold out and the animated fans were treated to a pair of thrilling – but very different – overtime contests.

The IceCaps collected a 3-2 overtime win on Friday night in a tight affair that was capped off by a great wrist shot from Christian “Lil Stumpy” Thomas. Zachary Fucale (6-2) stopped 36 of 38 shots for his sixth win of the season.

Saturday night was a bit of a different story for the goaltenders at each end of the rink.

In the 17-goal match – you read correctly, 17 goals - Fucale allowed 8 goals on 31 shots before being replaced by Eddie Pasquale, who stopped 7 of 8 but suffered the overtime loss. The Marlies did not fair much better as starting goaltender Antoine Bibeau allowed 8 goals on 34 shots, before Garrett Sparks replaced him to make three stops.

The IceCaps dropped the two-and-a-half hour game 9-8 in overtime. The 8-8 tie after 60 minutes tied the AHL record for the highest-scoring regulation tie.

Even Fucale got in on the offense. He is riding a two-game assist streak.

Lil Stumpy continued to show his great hands Saturday night as he had an assist along with an unbelievable goal on Bibeau in the second period.

Speaking of unbelievable - check out this play between Charles Hudon and Bud Holloway from the third period.

Holloway continues to rack up the points in his first AHL campaign since 2010 – 2011 and leads all IceCaps at 19 points (T-2nd in the AHL). The Holloway-Andrighetto-Hudon line combined for eight points in the loss and continues to be one of the highest scoring lines in the league.

And the key to their success?

“I think just speed, playing fast, and making plays,” Holloway says. “We’re not afraid to say, “you know I think you could have been open here” to the other guy. No one gets offended - we’re trying to help each other out as much as possible.”

And speaking of high scoring, rookie Michael McCarron set a new IceCaps single-game record of two goals and three assists in the loss. The 20-year-old has racked up 10 points (3G, 7A) on a current five-game point streak and now leads all rookies with 17 points, good enough for fourth among all AHL players.

Charles Hudon and Christian Thomas sit at 11th and 12th in scoring respectively with seven goals and seven assists each, while Mark Barberio sits third among defensemen with 12 points.

Full team stats are available here.

St. John’s is just one of five teams that are undefeated at home in regulation. With a 5-0-2-1 record at Mile One, they will look to keep the streak alive this weekend as they cap off their home stand against the Syracuse Crunch.

They will then hit the road for a six-game road trip to face the Rochester Americans (BUF), Toronto Marlies (TOR), Albany Devils (NJ), Utica Comets (VAN) and Binghamton Senators (OTT), before returning home during the first week of December.

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

Forwards

Daniel Carr

*Michael McCarron

Christian Thomas

Sven Andrighetto

Charles Hudon

Bud Holloway "A"

*Brandon McNally

Gabriel Dumont "C"

*Jeremy Grégoire

*Mark MacMillan

*Angelo Miceli

Stefan Fournier

Connor Crisp

*Markus Eisenschmid

Eric Neilson

*Nikita Scherbak

Jacob de la Rose

 


Defencemen

Mark Barberio "A"

Morgan Ellis

Mac Bennett

Darren Dietz

Joel Hanley

*Brett Lernout

*Josiah Didier

*Dalton Thrower


Goaltenders

*Zach Fucale

Eddie Pasquale




Recap your IceCaps

 

Date

Home

Away

Result

Wednesday, Nov 4 2015

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

St. John's

L 2-5

Friday, Nov 6 2015

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

St. John's

L 1-4

Saturday, Nov 7 2015

Hershey

St. John’s

W 4-3 SO

Friday, Nov 13 2015

St. John's

Toronto

W 3-2 OT

Saturday, 14 Nov 2015

St. John's

Toronto

OTL 9-8



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

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