Michael McCarron recorded the second hattrick of his rookie season and Eddie Pasquale stopped 45 shots as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Albany Devils 5-1 Wednesday at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.
The victory gave the IceCaps a two game sweep of the New Jersey Devils affiliate that included an outstanding performance from rookie goaltender Zach Fucale on Tuesday night. Pasquale stopped 45 of 46 shots including 21 in the third period to earn his fourth win in his last five starts.
Lucas Lessio who was acquired from Arizona in a trade for Christian Thomas on Tuesday, made his IceCaps debut ona line with McCarron an ed AHLpower play was 0-for-9.
….The IceCaps enter a nine day Christmas break with a 14-7-7 record. Their schedule resumes Boxing Day in Toronto against the Marlies.
….Before scoring four goals in the back-to-back games against Albany, McCarron had been in a seven game goalscoring drought. He now has 13 goals, two behind the AHL’s rookie leader Devin Shore of the Texas Stars. With 24 points he is seventh among all AHL scorers.
….Bud Holloway collected one assist and now has 25 points (7g, 18a) tieing him for fourth in the league.
….Pasquale has split time between Brampton ECHL and the IceCaps this season. With the IceCaps he is now 4-1-2 with a 2.23GAA and .935 save%. With the IceCaps off for nine days, Pasquale was returned to the Brampton Beast. Brampton plays two games this weekend before their Christmas break. He will return to St. John’s when they play the Marlies in Toronto Dec. 26th. After missing all of last season following hip surgery, he was signed to an AHL contract as a free agent in July.
….The IceCaps also released forward Luke Pither from a personal tryout contract. Pither will also be rejoining Brampton.
….The IceCaps were without forward Jacob de la Rose for the second straight game. After missing 11 games with an injury , he returned to action last weekend for two games only to be hurt again. He is expected back after the holiday break.
….Rookie Markus Eisenschmid is also expected back after the break. He has missed almost a month with an undisclosed injury.
….Left wing Zack Kassian cleared waivers Wednesday and the Canadiens assigned him to the IceCaps. It is not known at this point whether or not he will report. Kassian has completed the second stage of the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse programme and follow-up care phase and had been cleared to return to play.
Albany Devils 1 at St. John’s IceCaps 5 – Status: Final
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – Mile One Centre
Albany 0 1 0 – 1
St. John’s 3 1 1 – 5
1, St. John’s, McCarron 11 (Holloway, Lessio), 0:30.
2, St. John’s, Miceli 3 (Ellis, McNally), 6:21.
3, St. John’s, McCarron 12 (Ellis), 8:29 (PP).
Penalties-Helgeson Alb (interference), 6:47; Thomson Alb (fighting), 10:09; Didier Stj (fighting), 10:09; McNally Stj (roughing), 10:51; Gregoire Stj (tripping), 15:39; Thompson Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:56; Didier Stj (slashing), 19:58.
4, Albany, Pietila 5 15:07.
5, St. John’s, Hanley 2 (Dumont, Dietz), 18:06 (PP).
Penalties-Burlon Alb (roughing), 2:19; Miceli Stj (interference), 6:23; Scarlett Alb (roughing), 17:42.
6, St. John’s, McCarron 13 (Bournival, Barberio), 12:50.
Penalties-Bournival Stj (slashing), 0:37; Lorito Alb (goaltender interference), 5:50; MacMillan Stj (tripping), 7:54; Barberio Stj (cross-checking), 9:38; O’Brien Alb (slashing), 11:23; Holloway Stj (tripping), 11:40; Lernout Stj (interference), 16:49.
Shots on Goal-Albany 7-18-21-46. St. John’s 12-7-4-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 9; St. John’s 2 / 6.
Goalies-Albany, Wedgewood 1-1-0 (6 shots-3 saves); Danis 14-4-0 (17 shots-15 saves). St. John’s, Pasquale 4-1-0 (46 shots-45 saves).
Referees-Jake Brenk (42).
Linesmen-Sheldon Keough (63), Darryl Butt (70).
St. John’s IceCaps Season Scoring Statistics
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