IceCaps Recap – April16th

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Courtesy: StJohnsIceCaps.com


Welcome to
the latest instalment of the IceCaps Recap where we review all the weekly
activities of the St. John’s Ice Caps, the AHL affiliation of the Winnipeg
Jets. Similar to the Future NHEhlers
weekly article, we review all the stats and news we can find for your IceCaps.



Continue
past the jump to read what went down.

The Statistics

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The IceCaps are on the final stretch of the year as they are preparing to wrap things up.  Their playoff chances are shot and they are experimenting with new players in their roster.  As a result all underlying statistics have dropped (except the shot differential gaps has closed slightly). 

We can even see the trend of the team’s performance on the year to see where things went wrong:

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… seems to be around game 1.

Friday’s 2-3 Loss vs Hershey

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With the 6th loss in a row the IceCaps had a chance to emerge the victors in this game. They outplayed Hershey, scored the first two goals of the game, but did not have the PDO to win as Hershey scored three unanswered goals in regular time. Joel Armia had his best game since joining the Winnipeg franchise with 1 point and leading the team in shots. Eric Comrie also played his first AHL game, stopping 28 of 31 saves.  Not a bad performance, not worthy of a Quality Start but he did earn 3 stars on the night.

Saturday’s 5-1 Win vs Hershey

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A much more exciting game followed on Saturday and ended their 6 game losing streak. The IceCaps had a rematch against the Hershey Bears and dominated them again, this time the game went in their favour. On the offensive side of things everyone seemingly was involved in the scoring. Joel Armia once again lead the team in shots.The game was heavy in penalties, with the Bears earning 8 power play opportunities, 7 of which the IceCaps stopped.  Eric Cormie had an excellect game posting his first Quality Start in the AHL.

The Players

Name Pos GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SOG SoG/G Sh%
14 Eric O’Dell C 37 14 15 29 -4 34 0.78 106 2.86 13.21%
27 Will O’Neill D 70 10 37 47 -13 74 0.67 187 2.67 5.35%
16 John Albert C 64 16 26 42 3 26 0.66 140 2.19 11.43%
13 Chase Balisy LW 71 19 23 42 -10 28 0.59 102 1.44 18.63%
48 Carl Klingberg LW 51 15 15 30 0 41 0.59 152 2.98 9.87%
19 Kyle MacKinnon C 47 6 21 27 3 22 0.57 76 1.62 7.89%
15 Jason Jaffray LW 34 10 9 19 -2 20 0.56 65 1.91 15.38%
28 Patrice Cormier C 46 12 9 21 -13 72 0.46 80 1.74 15.00%
8 Brenden Kichton D 63 8 19 27 -11 30 0.43 102 1.62 7.84%
24 Scott Kosmachuk RW 68 14 14 28 -25 62 0.41 126 1.85 11.11%
4 Keaton Ellerby D 41 3 13 16 -10 32 0.39 68 1.66 4.41%
18 Ben Chiarot D 24 4 5 9 0 21 0.38 64 2.67 6.25%
33 Joel Armia RW 19 2 5 7 0 22 0.37 47 2.47 4.26%
34 JC Lipon RW 73 5 20 25 -22 163 0.34 124 1.70 4.03%
49 Julien Brouillette D 48 7 9 16 -4 16 0.33 81 1.69 8.64%
25 Blair Riley RW 68 7 10 17 -9 116 0.25 65 0.96 10.77%
50 Austen Brassard RW 73 5 11 16 -12 60 0.22 71 0.97 7.04%
26 Nicolas Blanchard LW 63 3 11 14 -8 81 0.22 78 1.24 3.85%
2 Peter Stoykewych D 5 0 1 1 -1 9 0.20 2 0.40 0.00%
9 Ryan Olsen C 60 4 5 9 -19 47 0.15 56 0.93 7.14%
7 Kris Fredheim D 58 2 5 7 -4 45 0.12 60 1.03 3.33%
21 Ben Walker RW 34 1 3 4 -13 16 0.12 43 1.26 2.33%
29 Jordan Hill D 35 1 3 4 -14 27 0.11 25 0.71 4.00%
41 Patrick Holland RW 21 0 2 2 -1 6 0.10 8 0.38 0.00%
47 Ryan Parent D 21 0 2 2 0 12 0.10 17 0.81 0.00%
44 Julian Melchiori D 68 1 5 6 -13 54 0.09 51 0.75 1.96%
17 Brandon MacLean LW 39 0 2 2 -6 10 0.05 54 1.38 0.00%
3 Aaron Harstad D 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3 0.75 0.00%

The Goaltenders

Name GP Min GA SO GAA W L OT SA SVS SAV%
1 Eric Comrie 2 117:38:00 4 0 2.04 1 1 0 53 49 0.925
2 Connor Hellebuyck 58 3331:41:00 143 6 2.58 28 22 5 1809 1666 0.921
3 Peter Budaj 18 849:30:00 50 0 3.53 0 9 5 449 399 0.889
4 Jussi Olkinuora 4 185:40:00 13 0 4.20 2 1 0 90 77 0.856

Excellent start to his AHL career for Eric Comrie – no surprise as he has dominated the WHL for the last few years.

The Transactions

  • Connor Hellebuyck was recalled to Winnipeg.
  • Andrew Panzarella, an NCAA free agent face-puncher, was signed to an ATO with St. John’s.  Never a bad way to try and find cheap depth for your team.

The Schedule

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Final two games on the year for St. John’s and for this affiliation in Newfoundland.  Both games are against Springfield, a team that is better at possession and has beating St. John’s in both their previous matches.  After this weekend look to see some players join Winnipeg as they make their Stanley Cup run.  In the mean time we should be able to see Comrie play 1 or 2 more AHL games.

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