IceCaps Player of the Week: Charles Hudon
With a rash of injuries to key offensive players, and multiple players called up to the NHL, the pressure was on Hudon to produce this weekend. The Alma, QC native did just that, with six points in three games versus North Division rivals.
Against Rochester he was held to just one assist, but if not for the heroics of Andrey Makarov he might have had a hat trick, or more. The following day at the Air Canada Centre, Hudon's luck changed and he notched a pair of beautiful goals in a 6-2 rout of the Marlies. Not quite content with that he added an assist on a Morgan Ellis goal and notched his tenth goal of the year in a 5-1 win over the Marlies.
His dominant weekend rocketed him into the top ten for overall scoring in the AHL with twenty points, and he sits just four points off leader William Nylander.
Hudon was named AHL player of the week for his standout performance.
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Michael McCarron: It was an impressive series of games for the behemoth forward in all aspects of his game. He registered three points in three games including a multi-point effort Friday against Rochester. McCarron found himself on a "hero line" of sorts for two games this weekend alongside Charles Hudon and Daniel Carr, and the trio did not disappoint in their production.
Against Rochester were dominant, often pinning the Amerks in their own end for extended periods of time. McCarron also stood out for his impressive defensive play all weekend, using his stick to break up passes at both ends of the ice.
Daniel Carr: After consecutive weeks with no production, Carr was one of the many IceCaps who stepped up to fill the void left by Christian Thomas,Sven Andrighetto, and Bud Holloway. With three goals and a pair of assists, he was nearly unstoppable this weekend.
Due to his strong rookie season and recent dynamic effort, Carr earned his first call up to the NHL level on Sunday night.
Sven Andrighetto: The Swiss forward is on recall with the Montreal Canadiens, notching two goals and a shootout winner.
Christian Thomas: The speedster Thomas was called up to the Canadiens this past week and played in one game on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Mark Barberio: Limited to only one game this week due to an ankle contusion, Barberio still managed to collect three assists in just under three periods of play. The veteran defenseman was injured while blocking a shot late in a 4-3 shootout loss to Rochester.
With 17 points he sits third overall in scoring by a defenseman in the AHL, just four points behind the leader, Brandon Montour.
Mac Bennett: Point production remains a skill that eludes Bennett, as he failed to record any points in three games. While he skates very well and plays a sound defensive game, he has just lacked the finishing touch of other blue-liners.
Bud Holloway: It was a long time coming, but Holloway got his first NHL start on Friday against the Devils, he received roughly seven minutes of ice time on the Habs' fourth line.
He was returned to the IceCaps on Sunday where he immediately picked up where left off, registering a goal and two assists.
Jacob de la Rose: The young Swede is still on the shelf with an injury.
Gabriel Dumont: The captain of the IceCaps had an impressive series of games this past weekend, registering four points in the three games. While playing with mostly rookies, Dumont played a great two-way game and scored a beautiful top-shelf goal against the Marlies' Antoine Bibeau on Saturday.
Joel Hanley: It's tough to judge Hanley's season thus far. For a third-pairing defenseman he brings about the level of play you expect, but lacks a standout skill. He did not record any points in three games played.
Brett Lernout: He was drafted as a tough gritty blue-liner with some offensive upside, and Lernout is bringing just that this season so far. Despite not posting a ton of points Lernout is a steady presence for the IceCaps and, when called upon, throws fists with the best in the AHL.
Connor Crisp: The young forward is currently shelved with an injury.
Darren Dietz: The young defenseman sat out all three games with an undisclosed injury.
Morgan Ellis: What a a series of games the veteran defenseman had, with five points in three games to ease the loss of Mark Barberio. He registered his fifth goal of the year Friday night against Rochester and added an assist on Saturday against Toronto. In a rematch the following afternoon, Ellis scored his sixth of the year and added an assist on Daniel Carr's goal.
Nikita Scherbak: The rookie forward is likely to be on the injured list for some time, after taking a massive hit against Toronto several weeks ago.
Jeremy Grégoire: The rookie forward continues to showcase a strong two-way game for the IceCaps this season. Grégoire grabbed one assist on a Stefan Fournier goal against Toronto.
: The rookie German is on the injured list, after picking up a knock against the Marlies a few weeks ago.
Tim Bozon: It was a special week for Bozon who returned from injury to take what is hopefully a permanent place in the IceCaps lineup. Showing no signs of visible rust, Bozon looked dangerous against Rochester on Friday and, if not for Makarov's heroics, would have had his first AHL goal.
: With Carey Price once again on the IR, Tokarski was called back up to Montreal to serve as Mike Condon's backup over the weekend. He was returned to the AHL on Monday, and it was announced that he will get the start in the IceCaps' next three games.
Zachary Fucale: The young goalie has rebounded from the eight-goal barrage from a few weeks ago. In two starts he went 1-0-1 and made 30+ saves in each game. Despite the loss to Rochester, he made several big saves throughout the game to keep the IceCaps in it.
Fucale was called up to replace Dustin Tokarski as Mike Condon's backup this week.
Year to Date Stats
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It was a great Thanksgiving weekend for the IceCaps, as they picked up five out of a possible six points from divisional rivals. They started their three-in-three weekend with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Rochester Amerks, nearly earning the full two points, but denied by a late goal in regulation and a few posts in overtime.
The team then traveled to Toronto for a set of games against the longtime rival Marlies, and after a competitive series last time out this one was all IceCaps. They dominated Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday by a 6-2 score, and then posted a 5-1 win the following afternoon.
Record to Date
The IceCaps will be back in action this week starting on Wednesday against the Albany Devils, following that they travel to Utica to face the Comets on Friday, December 4. St. John's will close out the three-game week on Saturday against the Binghamton.