IceCaps Weekly Forecast gives a first look of the week ahead for your St. John’s IceCaps. Staff writer Danielle Barnes maps out the schedule, provides a statistical comparison of each matchup, identifies players to watch, as well as goaltenders and notes for each team. Refer to this page as your guide for each game in the IceCaps schedule this week. 

by Danielle Barnes, Staff Writer, AHL Report

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

ST JOHN’S, NL. — This week, the St. John’s IceCaps will face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Hershey Bears. The team will first face the Phantoms for a pair on the 21st and 22nd, before facing the Bears on the 25th and 26th.

Calendar: March 20 – 26
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St. John’s IceCaps
  • Following four consecutive wins last week, the IceCaps move up one spot in the North division ranking at fourth. While things have been looking up for the IceCaps this month, the Phantoms and the Bears have proved to be tough competitors in previous games, which may end their winning streak following this weeks matchup.
Players to Watch
  • Josiah Didier – Defenceman Josiah Didier has played 27 games with the IceCaps this season. His efforts in the IceCaps game against Rochester on the 18th earned him the second star of the game.
  • Jeremy Gregoire – Gregoire has played 50 games with the IceCaps this season, accumulating a total of 10 points.
Notes Goaltenders
  • Goalie Charlie Lindgren had his fourth shutout of the season against the Rochester Americans on the 18th.
  • Lindgren 21-16-5 | 2.57 GAA | .914 Sv%
  • Danis 10-6-3 | 2.94 GAA | .905 Sv%

Tuesday and Wednesday March 21st, 22nd

Lehigh Valley Phantoms
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (40-19-4-0) rank at second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the league overall. The ‘Caps and the Phantoms first faced each other in February resulting in one win for each team. The Phantoms excel in their road games, which may work in their favour this week in attempts to defeat the ‘Caps.
Players to Watch
  • Greg Carey – Carey is the second overall leader in the league for goals with 26 goals in 62 games played.
  • T.J. Brennan – Brennan is the second defenseman leader in the league with 51 points in 62 games played
Notes Goaltenders
  • According to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Twitter, they are one of the only three teams that have 40 plus wins so far this season.
  • Lyon 24-12-4 | 2.69 GAA | .911 Sv%
  • Stolarz 15-7-0 | 2.96 GAA | .909 Sv%
Matchup
March 21st, 22nd | St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS (stats as of Mar. 19, 2017) PHANTOMS
 70 (4th) Points (Div. Rank) 84 (2nd)
31-25-7-1 Record 40-19-4-0
14-12-4-0 (home) Home/Away Record 20-11-1-0 (away)
.547 Winning Percentage .667
 181 Goals For 226
 186 Goals Against  184
17.9% Power-play 22.2%
 79.2% Penalty-kill 83.7%

Season Series – Recap

Saturday and Sunday March 25th, 26th

Hershey Bears
The Hershey Bears (36-18-8-3) rank at third in the Atlantic division and seventh in the league overall. The two teams first met back in February, resulting in two wins for the Bears. The Bears are ahead of the IceCaps in both the special teams power-play and penalty kill, which may give them an edge this week despite the ‘Caps home team advantage
Players to Watch
  • Chris Bourque – Bourque is second in the league for shots with 191 made so far this season.
  • Tyler Lewington – Lewington is first in the league for penalty minutes with 132 minutes in 60 games played.
Notes Goaltenders
According to the Hershey Bears on Twitter, rookie Hampus Gustafsson played his first game with the Hershey Bears on March 18th.
  • Copley 20-7-3 | 2.24 GAA | .924 Sv%
  • Vanecek 17-10-7 | 2.64 GAA | .905 Sv%
Matchup
March 25th, 26th | St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS (stats as of Mar. 19, 2017) BEARS
 70 (4th) Points (Div. Rank) 83 (3rd)
31-25-7-1 Record 36-18-8-3
14-12-4-0 (home) Home/Away Record 14-12-3-2 (away)
.547 Winning Percentage .638
 181 Goals For 227
186 Goals Against   188
17.9% Power-play 22.3%
79.2% Penalty-kill 81.8%

Season Series – Recap