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IceCaps report - Nov. 3

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 - Well into their first month of hockey as the new American Hockey League affiliate of your Montréal Canadiens, the players and staff of the St. John’s IceCaps have adapted well to their new home in the foggiest city in the world.

Mark Barberio, Bud Holloway, and Gabriel Dumont are the only AHL veteran-classified players on the team. With the youngest roster in the league at an average player age of just under 23, head coach Sylvain Lefebvre has shaped a highly competitive young gun squad. Under the guidance of Lefebvre – who recorded his 100th career AHL coaching win on October 21st – the ‘baby habs’ are competing for top spot in the AHL through their first eleven matches.

On home ice at Mile One Centre the IceCaps have provided exciting hockey to the fans that pack the arena each game. They have put together a 4-0-1-1 home record and are 6-3-1-1 overall. St. John’s currently sits in 2nd place in the North Division and 4th in the Eastern Conference.

The top line of Andrighetto-Hudon-Holloway is one of the hottest and most productive lines in the league. Twenty-seven year-old assistant captain Bud Holloway is tied for first place in the league at 13 points in his first AHL action since 2010-2011.

Returning forwards Andrighetto, Hudon, Carr, and Thomas have shown off their offensive touch so far this season and have dominated the score sheet night in and out. Thomas, who goes by ‘Lil Stumpy’, has shown great poise. His speed and quick release resembles that of his father, retired NHLer Steve Thomas, who was nicknamed ‘Stumpy’.

Experienced players including captain Gabriel Dumont and newly acquired Eric Neilson, have provided great leadership both on and off the ice to a predominately youthful roster that has little AHL experience.

One such young player is forward Michael McCarron. The 6’6, 231 lb 20 year-old Michigan native has used his size and skill efficiently so far in his first pro-season. McCarron leads all rookies with 20 PIM, is eighth in rookie scoring with five goals and two assists in ten games played and is just five points behind the top rookie scorer. McCarron had a special night on October 17th as he netted his first three goals in a 6-2 victory at Mile One.

Blue line partners Mark Barberio and Darren Dietz have provided great offensive production from the back end. Former Calder Cup winner Barberio is tied for first among AHL defencemen in assists (8) and points (9). Morgan Ellis and Joel Hanley have both contributed offensively and provided sound defence while Mac Bennett and Brett Lernout have been solid defensively.

Dustin Tokarski’s call-up to Montréal will provide rookie netminder Zach Fucale with the interim starting goaltender position, and the task to continue his hot streak. The 20 year-old Laval native leads all rookie goalies with four wins and has an overall record of 4-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .920sv%. The highlight of his young career so far was on October 21st versus Binghamton when he stopped 40-of-42 shots for a well-deserved 3-2 victory. Eddie Pasquale will backup Fucale with his recent call-up to St. John’s from Montréal’s ECHL affiliate, the Brampton Beast.

Depth Chart and Lineup
*denotes rookie **no longer on active roster
Forwards

Sven Andrighetto

Charles Hudon

Bud Holloway "A"

Daniel Carr

*Michael McCarron

Christian Thomas

*Nikita Scherbak

Jacob de la Rose

Gabriel Dumont "C"

*Jeremy Grégoire

*Markus Eisenschmid

Eric Neilson

Connor Crisp

*Brandon McNally

Stefan Fournier

**Angelo Miceli

**Mark MacMillan

 

Defencemen

Mark Barberio "A"

Darren Dietz

Joel Hanley

Morgan Ellis

Mac Bennett

*Brett Lernout

*Josiah Didier

*Dalton Thrower

Goaltenders

**Dustin Tokarski

*Zach Fucale

Eddie Pasquale


Recap your IceCaps

Date

Home

Away

Result

Saturday, Oct 10 2015

Hartford

St. John's

W 3-1

Sunday, Oct 11 2015

Bridgeport

St. John's

L 6-1

Friday, Oct 16, 2015

St. John's

Rochester

W 5-2

Saturday, Oct 17 2015

St. John's

Rochester

W 6-2

Tuesday, Oct 20 2015

St. John's

Binghamton

OTL 5-4

Wednesday, Oct 21 2015

St. John's

Binghamton

W 3-2

Saturday, Oct 24 2015

St. John's

Bridgeport

W 5-4

Sunday, Oct 25 2015

St. John's

Bridgeport

SOL 3-2

Wednesday, Oct 28 2015

Lehigh Valley

St. John's

L 5-1

Friday, Oct 30 2015

Lehigh Valley

St. John's

W 3-2

Saturday, Oct 31 2015

Hershey

St. John's

L 4-2

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

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