RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: Heading Home on a High Note

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(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)
2016-17 Season, Game 36 | Saturday January 7, 2017 
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-1

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Matteau – Audette – Friberg
Broll – de la Rose – Gregoire
Veilleux – Eisenschmid – Ranger
Camara – MacMillan – McCarron[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Brouillette – Hanley
Parisi – Lernout
Samuelsson – Racine[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Danis
Lindgren

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Brandon MacLean, Reggie Traccitto, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Charles Hudon (undisclosed)

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

It had been exactly a week since the IceCaps last visited the Syracuse Crunch for a physical, fight- and penalty-filled matchup.  And while there were moments where it seemed that tensions could boil over, this game was a much more disciplined, organized effort.

The St. John’s team came out looking much more energetic and able to keep up with the pace set by a speedy Crunch group.  Yann Danis was in between the pipes for the IceCaps, giving Charlie Lindgren some much-needed relief.  At times Danis seemed to struggle when handling the puck, and gave up more than one big rebound, but he clamped down and denied shot after shot.

Newcomer Anthony Camara got the IceCaps on the board first, late in the opening period, assisted by Julien Brouillette.  Things started to heat up a bit in the second frame, and when Jonathan Racine took an ill-timed cross-checking penalty, Syracuse capitalized on the ensuing power play.

In the third period, the Crunch turned up the pressure on the IceCaps and pinned them in their own end for a good portion of the 20 minutes.  But Danis stood strong and the defenders blocked many of the home team’s 17 shots in the period, forcing overtime.

It only took a little more than a minute for Daniel Audette to bang a puck into the Syracuse net, with the help of Stefan Matteau and Brouillette to seal the win for the IceCaps.

The IceCaps finally head home now after being on the road for nearly a month.  They begin their next home stand on Friday when they welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to Mile One Centre.

▲     Markus Eisenschmid, Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Joel Hanley, Julien Brouillette

▼     Jonathan Racine

 Statistics 
ICECAPS   CRUNCH
 19 Shots 33
0 for 2 Power Play 1 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (18-14-3-1) 1 0 0 1 2
 Crunch (18-9-1-5) 0 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Camara (1), Audette (7)
  • SYR: Halmo (11)
  • STJ: Danis (W) 5-2-2
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 5-4-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Yann Danis  STJ
  2. Mike Halmo  SYR
  3. Dominik Masin  SYR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Tom Parisi

Post-game interview with Markus Eisenschmid

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