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Tip of the Iceberg: The St. John’s IceCaps’ key moments from January

The Coles Notes from the month of January include debuts, milestones, and All-Stars.

(St. John’s IceCaps/Colin Peddle) Nikita Scherbak 20151020 St. John’s IceCaps/Colin Peddle

In 11 games played in January, the IceCaps took home the win in just three, recording nine out of a possible 22 points. Despite the rough start to 2017, the IceCaps are still very much in the playoff race. They continue to sit in third place in the North Division with 46 points, but the Utica Comets and Toronto Marlies are creeping up on them.

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
Syracuse Crunch 43 22 12 4 5 53
Albany Devils 44 25 17 1 1 52
St. John's IceCaps 44 20 18 5 1 46
Utica Comets 43 18 17 6 2 44
Toronto Marlies 43 20 20 2 1 43
Binghamton Senators 43 18 22 2 1 39
Rochester Americans 45 19 24 0 2 40
January North Division Standings

Nikita Scherbak’s NHL debut

On January 6, it was announced that the Habs’ spunky — yet struggling — forward, Brendan Gallagher, would be out for at least eight weeks due to yet another hand injury.

Later that evening, after losing a 2-1 contest to the Binghamton Senators, Nikita Scherbak was on a plane bound for Toronto, to suit up for his NHL debut.

A Saturday night game verses the Toronto Maple Leafs; it doesn’t get much more exciting for a first NHL game than that.

Scherbak took full advantage of the opportunity. He potted his first NHL goal during a power-play, with just two seconds left in the first period, to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead over the Leafs.

He dressed for two more games with the Habs, although not tallying any more points, before being sent back to the IceCaps on January 13.

Yann Danis’ Milestone

Danis achieved one of his big goals last month: a 200th AHL victory. He became just the 14th goaltender in AHL history to reach that mark.

In what was also his 400th game, Danis kicked aside 24 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack on January 14.

One of the main reasons the 35-year-old veteran continued to play in the league this year was to try and hit this particular milestone. “I knew I was only six wins away,” Danis says, “and for some reason, I really wanted to get to that number.”

Mission accomplished!

All-Star Classic representation

Netminder Charlie Lindgren and defenceman Mark Barberio were chosen to attend the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. As was the case last year, Barberio was unable to attend due to being up with the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.

It looked as if there would be no replacement for Barberio, until Chris Terry was a last-minute addition to the roster. So last-minute, in fact,that he found out at 10:30 PM the night before. His team-coloured socks didn’t even show up to the event on time.

The signings

After being signed to a PTO on November 3, 2016, Marc Bergevin signed 30-year-old defenseman Julien Brouillette to a one-year, one-way AHL contract on January 6. Brouillette was nearing the 25-game PTO limit, so it was either sign him to another PTO or make it official. Since signing hisnew deal, he’s tallied two assists in 10 games played.

The following day, Bergevin signed forward Markus Eisenschmid to a two-year entry-level contract. In 36 games played so far this season, Eisenschmid has accumulated 10 points (6G, 4A).

Honorable mentions

  • Terry continues to lead the team in points. During six games played in January, Terry added another six points to his tally, bringing him up to 32 (12G, 20A). For that reason, he got himself a star in our Top Three Stars of January.
  • Last month, the IceCaps were first in the North Division with a power-play percentage of 24.4%. They’ve since slipped to second place, dropping to 20.0%. They’ve also slipped from second-last to dead last in their penalty kill, surviving only about three of every four short-handed opportunities at 76.9%.

Player GP G A PTS Plus/Minus PIM
Player GP G A PTS Plus/Minus PIM
Chris Terry 26 12 20 32 -4 14
Sven Andrighetto 20 8 14 22 -8 8
Charles Hudon 24 12 8 20 -5 28
Nikita Scherbak 35 10 10 20 -3 18
Daniel Audette 44 7 12 19 -8 27
Mark Barberio 20 3 15 18 1 28
Max Friberg 39 8 8 16 -2 10
Michael McCarron 27 6 10 16 -5 60
Jacob de la Rose 34 3 12 15 -7 24
Stefan Matteau 35 7 7 14 -4 85
Bobby Farnham 39 6 7 13 3 87
Joel Hanley 36 2 11 13 2 20
Brett Lernout 44 1 11 12 4 30
Markus Eisenschmid 36 6 4 10 5 12
Yannick Veilleux 22 3 5 8 3 27
Ryan Johnston 25 2 6 8 -10 6
Mark MacMillan 37 2 6 8 -5 8
Jeremy Gregoire 37 6 1 7 -2 53
David Broll 40 4 2 6 -4 67
Julien Brouillette 29 2 4 6 1 8
Tom Parisi 30 1 5 6 -3 8
Philip Samuelsson 37 1 4 5 -6 21
Daniel Carr 3 2 1 3 2 0
Anthony Camara 5 2 1 3 3 2
Josiah Didier 23 0 3 3 -1 8
Alexandre Ranger 12 1 0 1 -3 6
Yann Danis 14 0 1 1 0 0
Bryan Pitton 1 0 0 0 0 2
Zachary Fucale 2 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon MacLean 2 0 0 0 1 0
Zach Redmond 2 0 0 0 -1 0
John McCarron 3 0 0 0 0 2
Connor Crisp 7 0 0 0 0 4
Charlie Lindgren 28 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltender W L SL SV%
Charlie Lindgren 14 11 1 0.911
Yann Danis 6 4 0 0.911
January Player Stats