RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: Gritty Hockey Leaves Caps Still Searching for a Win

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)
2016-17 Season, Game 2 | Saturday October 15, 2016 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

St. John’s




(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

Farnham – De La Rose – Friberg
Eisenschmid – Audette – Scherbak
Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Johnston
Hanley – Lernout
Parisi – Didier[/one_half_last]



Scratches: Philip Samuelsson, Jonathan Racine, Connor Crisp, Stefan Matteau (suspension)
Injured Reserve:

Game Report

Less than 24 hours after their season opener in Hartford, the IceCaps were back on the ice with their first tilt of the year against the Albany Devils.  It was a physical, gritty, chippy game that found the St. John’s team trying to battle back once again.

With Bryan Pitton in between the pipes, a recent PTO signed from the Brampton Beast to fill the vacancy left by Charlie Lindgren after his callup to Montreal, the Devils wasted no time in taking advantage of a potential weakness.  They put two pucks past Pitton in the opening ten minutes and both teams combined for eleven penalties just in the opening frame.

Pitton kicked off the revolving door to the penalty box with a bad interference penalty on a Devils player who came in on a breakaway.  Charles Hudon went off for boarding, then Jeremy Gregoire and Mike McCarron each tossed their gloves for fighting penalties.

The second period brought a much more determined St. John’s team, and McCarron connected with Chris Terry less than a minute in to get the IceCaps on the board.  Terry would light the lamp again four minutes later for a power play goal, assisted by Mark Barberio and Nikita Scherbak.

But the scoring for the IceCaps ended there, and the parade to the penalty box would continue.  The teams combined for another nine penalties in the second period, including a ten-minute misconduct for David Broll who doesn’t shy away from scrappy opponents.  Bobby Farnham exchanged blows with Andrew MacWilliam, which earned MacWilliam a game misconduct under a new AHL rule which results in player ejection after either their third major penalty or second fight in any single game.

The penalties stopped in the third period, but by then the damage was done. The IceCaps had some good shots on Scott Wedgewood and had a few opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize.

The IceCaps finish their three-in-three weekend on Sunday with an afternoon matchup in Providence, Rhode Island to take on the Bruins.

▲     Chris Terry, Max Friberg, Josiah Didier, Brett Lernout, Bobby Farnham

▼     Bryan Pitton, Mark Barberio, Ryan Johnston

 22 Shots 20
1 for 3 Power Play 0 for 3
37 Penalty Minutes 37
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (0-2-0-0) 0 2 0 2
 Devils (2-0-0-0) 2 1 2 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Terry (2), Terry (3)
  • ALB:  Quenneville (2), Rooney (1), Thomson (2), Pietila (2), Novak (1)
  • STJ: Pitton (L) 0-1-0
  • ALB: Wedgewood (W) 2-0-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Ben Thomson  ALB
  2. Chris Terry  STJ
  3. Kevin Rooney  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Mike McCarron

Post-game interview with Max Friberg

Audio from interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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