It was the IceCaps fourth consecutive loss, all of them during their current six game road trip. It was also their fifth defeat in their last six games.
Scoring for the Vancouver Canucks affiliate were Mike Zalewski, Wacey Hamilton, Carter Bancks and Chris Higgins. The Higgins goal came into an empty net. .
Bud Holloway spoiled Richard Bachman’s shutout bid with 3:17 remaining on a power play. It was his 16th goal of the season.
The game was livened by a one-sided fight between the IceCaps John Scott and Darren Archibald of the Comets after Archibald kneed defenseman Ryan Johnston. It was Scott’s first major penalty as a member of the IceCaps. Jeremy Gregoire, who won the Guy Lafleur Scholastic Award two years in a row in junior hockey, was in two separate fights.
Zach Fucale, making his 7th start in the last 9 games, stopped of 25 of 28 shots. The final shots on goal were even at 29-29.
The IceCaps complete their six game road trip with a game in Syracuse Saturday night.
….After 56 games the IceCaps have a record of 23-23-10 and the Canadiens AHL affiliate is in danger of missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the previous three as the Hamilton Bulldogs.
….There was a strong Montreal connection on the Utica roster. Former Canadien forwards Brandon Prust and Chris Higgins were in the game after clearing Vancouver waivers. On the Utica defense was Jordan Subban, P.K.’s youngest brother and a 2013 fourth round Vancouver draft choice. Subban was involved in a fight with Charles Hudon late in the third period.
….After a brief two-game return to the wing, former Canadiens first round draft pick Nikita Scherbak was back at centre on a line with Max Friberg and Gabriel Dumont.
….The injuries and recalls by the parent Canadiens have take a toll on the IceCaps offense. Over their last six games they have scored a total of nine goals, an average of 1.5 per game. They were outscored 18-9 over the last six games.
….St. John’s has used 45 different players in games this season.
….Two of the IceCaps injured forwards returned to the lineup this week. On Wednesday in Albany Jeremy Gregoire came off a month long stay on the injury list along with Charles Hudon. Team Captain Gabriel Dumont was back in the lineup for this game. Still out with injuries are forwards Michael Bournival, Markus Eisenschmid and Connor Crisp.
….The IceCaps have used 45 different players in games this season.
….Six IceCaps are on recall to the Canadiens including defensemen Victor Bartley and Mark Barberio along with forwards Sven Andrighetto, Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio and the injured Daniel Carr.
….The IceCaps announced the recall of defenseman Mac Bennett from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL on Friday.
St. John’s IceCaps 1 at Utica Comets 4
Friday, February 26, 2016 – Utica Memorial Auditorium
St. John’s 0 0 1 – 1
Utica 1 2 1 – 4
1, Utica, Zalewski 13 (Landry, Kenins), 2:32.
Penalties-Lernout Stj (cross-checking), 4:56; Scott Stj (roughing, fighting), 12:02; Archibald Uti (kneeing, fighting), 12:02; MacMillan Stj (double minor – high-sticking), 19:01.
2, Utica, Hamilton 7 (Prust, Bancks), 4:22.
3, Utica, Bancks 9 (Shields, Prust), 15:41.
Penalties-Gaunce Uti (tripping), 8:44; Pedan Uti (slashing), 10:34; Dumont Stj (slashing), 12:45.
4, St. John’s, Holloway 16 (Scherbak, Ellis), 16:43 (PP).
5, Utica, Higgins 3 19:20 (SH EN).
Penalties-Bozon Stj (hooking), 9:13; Gregoire Stj (fighting), 13:27; LaBate Uti (fighting), 13:27; Hudon Stj (fighting), 16:37; Subban Uti (cross-checking, fighting), 16:37; Negrin Uti (cross-checking), 18:29.
Shots on Goal-St. John’s 6-11-12-29. Utica 9-10-10-29.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 1 / 4; Utica 0 / 4.
Goalies-St. John’s, Fucale 14-14-1 (28 shots-25 saves). Utica, Bachman 11-8-2 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Francois Dussureault (60), Andy Petrus (26).
Updated IceCaps Season Scoring Statistics