IceCaps Weekly Forecast | Road Trip Continues vs Crunch, Amerks

(Photo by Douglas Browne | Rocket Sports Media)

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 Douglas Browne | Rocket Sports Media)

ST JOHN’S, NL. — The St. John’s IceCaps remain on the road playing three games against the Syracuse Crunch and the Rochester Americans. The ‘Caps will head to New York to face the Crunch on the 8th and 11th, and the Americans on the 10th.

Calendar: March 6 – March 12


St. John’s IceCaps
  • Following two rough months for the IceCaps, the team moves down one spot in the North division ranking at 5th. Despite their struggles, the IceCaps had two shutouts last week. The first by Charlie Lindgren against the Rochester Americans with a score of 3-0, following another from Yann Danis against the Toronto Marlies with a score of 3-0. The IceCaps left-winger Chris Terry also had a successful week, as he was named the AHL’s player of the month for February and signed a contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens.
Players to Watch
  • Nikita Scherbak – Scherbak is the third leading scorer of the team with 34 points in 50 games played. His efforts in the IceCaps game against the Toronto Marlies last week earned him the second star of the game.
  • Keegan Lowe – The newly-acquired Lowe has played five games with the IceCaps this season, scoring his first goal for St. John’s against the Marlies on Saturday.
Notes Goaltenders
The Montreal Canadiens announced on March 3rd that they have given a one-year contract extension to Chris Terry.
  • Lindgren 18-15-5 | 2.68 GAA | .912 Sv%
  • Danis 9-6-3 | 2.99 GAA | .903 Sv%


Wednesday, Saturday March 8th, 11th

Syracuse Crunch
The Syracuse Crunch (29-18-5-5) continue to dominate the North division ranking at 1st, and taking the 12th spot in the league overall. The ‘Caps and the Crunch have been evenly matched when facing each other this season, resulting in three wins for the ‘Caps and three wins for the Crunch. While the Crunch may have the home team advantage this week, the IceCaps remain ahead of them in the special teams power-play, which may give them an edge in their two games this week.
Players to Watch
  • Yanni Gourde – Gourde is first in the league for game-winning goals, with 6 so far this season.
  • Cody Conacher – Conacher is one of the top ten players in the league with 47 points this season.
Notes Goaltenders
According to the Syracuse Crunch on Twitter, the team has assigned John Kurtz to a PTO contract.
  • Gudlevskis 11-8-6 | 2.71 GAA | .892 Sv%
  • McKenna 9-12-7 | 2.97 GAA | .902 Sv%
March 8, 11 | Syracuse, NY.

CRUNCH (stats as of Mar.5, 2017) ICECAPS
 68 (1st) Points (Div. Rank) 62 (5th)
 29-18-5-5 Record 27-24-7-1
 17-7-1-2 (home) Home/Away Record 15-12-3-1 (away)
.596 Winning Percentage .525
 176 Goals For 168
 179 Goals Against  177
 15.1% Power-play 18.6%
81.8% Penalty-kill 78.9%

Season Series – Recap


Friday March 10th

Rochester Americans
The Rochester Americans (23-32-0-2) rank at 7th in the north division and 28th in the league overall. Following a loss to the ‘Caps last week, the Rochester Americans will likely be looking for redemption when facing the ‘Caps on Friday.
Players to Watch
  • Cal O’Reilly – O’Reilly is the second leader of the team with nine goals and 33 assists.
  • Mat Bodie – Bodie is in the top 15 defenseman leaders in the league, with 32 points in 47 games played.
Notes Goaltenders
According to the Rochester Americans on twitter, defenseman Mat Bodie scored his first goal as a Rochester American on Saturday against the Sound Tigers.
  • Ullmark 21-21-2 | 2.90 GAA | .908 Sv%
  • Muse 2-8-0 | 3.37 GAA | .901 Sv%
March 10 | Rochester, NY.

AMERICANS (stats as of Mar. 5, 2017) ICECAPS
 48 (7th) Points (Div. Rank) 62 (5th)
23-32-0-2 Record 27-24-7-1
12-14-0-2 (home) Home/Away Record  15-12-3-1 (away)
.421 Winning Percentage .525
155 Goals For 168
187 Goals Against  177
15.2% Power-play 18.6%
79.6% Penalty-kill 78.9%

Season Series – Recap



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