IceCaps Player of the Week: Sven Andrighetto
Even though he played in only one game for the IceCaps this weekend, this Swiss sniper made the most of it. With two goals, including the game winner on Friday night, Andrighetto earned every bit of his call up to the Montreal Canadiens roster.
The speedy winger opened the scoring against the Syracuse Crunch with an outstanding individual effort, showcasing all of his talents. He skated in, dangled around the Crunch defense, and ripped a shot on net, then followed up on his own rebound to open the scoring.
Not quite content with that, he notched the winning goal in overtime, beating Adam Wilcox. The recent strong performances earned the young forward a call up to the Canadiens, where he is playing alongside Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk.
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Michael McCarron: The rookie forward had his hot streak come to a halt over the weekend. McCarron managed just three shots on net against Syracuse, and added four penalty minutes. It's very clear though that he is adapting his game very well to the pro level, using his massive frame to win battles along the boards and create space in front of the net.
Daniel Carr: After not scoring in the series against Toronto, Carr found much of the same against the Crunch. While he managed to generate seven shots in two games, Carr has yet to find the net in four straight games now. With injuries and call ups hitting the Habs and IceCaps rosters, he will be called upon to step up his game.
Charles Hudon: While his linemate Sven Andrighetto starred as the offensive catalyst for the IceCaps against the Crunch, Hudon was more subdued. It's not for any lack of effort on his part, as he was robbed by Kristers Gudlevskis multiple times in overtime on Saturday.
Christian Thomas: Yet another victim of being snake-bitten this week is Christian Thomas, who much like Hudon and Carr, fired a ton of rubber on net, but couldn't find a way to get a goal. His line with Daniel Carr and Michael McCarron still remains the go to in all situations for the IceCaps, but their lack of production hampered the team this weekend.
Mark Barberio: Another pair of games, and more points added to his impressive start to the season. He had to deal with the unexpected change of playing with Darren Dietz for a game, but would be right back with Morgan Ellis the following game. With fourteen points this season, Barberio is among the top five in scoring for defensemen.
Mac Bennett: With both Dalton Thrower and Josiah Didier called up to St. John's, Bennett found himself a healthy scratch in one of this weekend's games. Upon rejoining the lineup he slid into his usual spot on the second pair next to Darren Dietz, but failed to record any points.
Bud Holloway: After a season's worth of strong play by the summer signing, Holloway was recalled on Sunday to the Canadiens,after Devante Smith-Pelly was ruled out with an injury. For the IceCaps, he recorded one assist on a Gabriel Dumont goal, and did not play for the Habs on Sunday.
With Brendan Gallagher suffering a major injury, he may draw in soon, as the Canadiens play on Wednesday.
Jacob de la Rose: The young Swede is still on the shelf with an injury.
Gabriel Dumont: After struggling for a series of games, the IceCaps captain found his offensive touch against the Crunch. He notched an assist on Stefan Fournier's first goal of the year, before scoring his third of the year the following night.
With injuries piling up in both the AHL and the NHL, Dumont is going to be relied upon heavily to produce.
Joel Hanley: Despite being a healthy scratch for one of the games this weekend, Hanley stepped into his third pairing role efficiently.
Brett Lernout: The rookie defensemen seems to be the only one who plays on the third pair with any regularity so far this season. His partners have been rotating non-stop between Hanley, Thrower, Didier, and occasionally, Bennett. And for all the constant change, he's responded well, becoming one the pillars of the St. John's blueline.
Connor Crisp: The young forward is currently shelved with an injury.
Darren Dietz: A series of strong games earned Dietz a trip to the first pairing alongside Mark Barberio on Friday, but it lasted only the one game, and he soon found himself in familiar territory on the second pair.
It was a tough week for scoring in general for the IceCaps, even more so for the defensemen, as Barberio was the only one to register any points.
Morgan Ellis: Much like his fellow blueliners, Ellis found points at a premium against Syracuse, and was held off the scoresheet. He bounced between the first and second pairing for unknown reasons in the two game homestand, but will likely be on the top pairing for the foreseeable future.
Nikita Scherbak: The rookie forward is likely to be on the injured list for awhile, after taking a massive hit against Toronto.
Jeremy Grégoire: After weeks of poor puck luck and no points, Gregoire was finally rewarded with his second goal of the campaign. He also registered a fight against Philippe Paradis on Friday night. Gregoire stands to gain a lot with the recent rash of injuries and call ups, as he was promoted to the third line this weekend.
: The rookie German is on the injured list, after picking up a knock against the Marlies.
Carey Price returned to the crease for the Canadiens.: The veteran goalie was returned to the IceCaps this week, after
Zachary Fucale: Just one week after being shelled for eight goals against Toronto, Fucale put on one of his best performances of the season. Stopping 32 of 34 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss against a resilient Syracuse side, he made numerous big saves to hold the IceCaps in it over the course of regulation.
Year to Date Stats
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It was another .500 weekend for the IceCaps, as they went to overtime twice against a tough Syracuse side. Thanks to Andrighetto's heroics, they were able to come away with a 4-3 win on Friday night.
Unfortunately, on Saturday night, Kristers Gudlevskis stole the show (and several goals) as the Crunch earned a 2-1 overtime win.
Record to Date
It's going to be a busy post Thanksgiving schedule for the IceCaps, as they play three game in three days this upcoming week.
First they'll clash with the Amerks, in Rochester on Friday November 27th, and following that they head to Toronto for a two game set against the Marlies. If their last meeting was any indication, this will be a weekend of can't miss AHL hockey.