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

The Coles Notes from the month of March including a goalie exchange, the IceCaps Man of the Year and the team’s playoff chances.

Charlie Lindgren
St. John’s IceCaps

During the month of March, we watched as the St. John’s IceCaps bounced in and out of a playoff spot. For the majority of the month, they’ve managed to hold on to the final spot in fourth place. They’ve visited third place a few times, but slipped out of the race and into fifth a few times too.

The North Division remained in a tight race with just six points separating the top four teams.

North Division Standings - March

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT
Toronto Marlies 69 38 26 4 1 81 0.587
Syracuse Crunch 69 34 23 6 6 80 0.58
Albany Devils 68 34 29 2 3 73 0.537
St. John's IceCaps 69 32 27 8 2 74 0.536
Utica Comets 68 31 28 7 2 71 0.522
Rochester Americans 67 28 37 0 2 58 0.433
Binghamton Senators 69 26 39 2 2 56 0.406

Secondary Scoring Steps Up

After a hot February for the top line consisting of Charles Hudon, Chris Terry and Nikita Scherbak, who tallied a combined total of 46 points, they cooled off quite a bit in March. Terry and Hudon both remain the teams leading goal-scorers, continuing their goal battle with Terry pulling out a four-goal lead on Hudon, with 27.

Enter the secondary scoring of Bobby Farnham, Max Friberg, Daniel Audette, and Jacob de la Rose each picked up seven points.

IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year

Forward David Broll was named the IceCaps IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year. The 24-year-old has become a fan favourite this season, taking the time for any fan who approaches him, and leads the team’s community events.

Aside from team-related appearances, Broll has taken it upon himself to schedule his own visits, bringing some teammates with him at times. His trips brought him to the Janeway Children’s Hospital, Ronald MacDonald House and the Vera Perlin Society, in hopes that he can put a smile on children’s faces and make their day a little better.

Broll joins 29 other finalists for the AHL’s 2016-17 Yannick Dupre Memorial Award, which will honour the overall IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year.

Trades and Contracts

The Goalies

Yann Danis

On March 4, Yann Danis earned his first shutout as an IceCap. Bonus: It was against historical rivals, the Toronto Marlies. Danis turned away all 24 shots the Marlies threw at him and, along with a shutout, was named first star of the game.

Charlie Lindgren and Zach Fucale

During a game-day practice ahead of facing the Dallas Stars on March 28, Habs backup goaltender Al Montoya suffered a lower-body injury. Carey Price was scheduled to have the night off, but instead took his place between the pipes.

Due to Charlie Lindgren being unable to make it to the game on time, it was Brampton netminder Zachary Fucale who sat on the bench as Price’s backup.

The following day, Lindgren and Fucale switched places. The Beast are currently in second place in their division, with a playoff spot secured. Fucale now joins his former AHL team in their playoff race until Lindgren’s return.

Player Stats - March

Player GP G A PTS PLUS/MINUS PIM
Player GP G A PTS PLUS/MINUS PIM
Chris Terry 51 27 31 58 -1 30
Charles Hudon 49 23 19 42 3 46
Nikita Scherbak 59 13 24 37 0 32
Max Friberg 64 10 18 28 -2 16
Daniel Audette 68 9 18 27 -6 29
Jacob de la Rose 55 10 15 25 -3 34
Bobby Farnham 64 9 16 25 7 133
Stefan Matteau 60 11 11 22 -3 111
Sven Andrighetto 20 8 14 22 -8 8
Joel Hanley 61 2 18 20 11 34
Michael McCarron 32 7 12 19 -7 66
Ryan Johnston 48 5 13 18 -6 22
Mark Barberio 20 3 15 18 1 28
Keegan Lowe 64 5 11 16 12 72
Brett Lernout 69 3 13 16 4 49
Yannick Veilleux 46 6 9 15 4 53
Mark MacMillan 55 6 7 13 -6 10
Julien Brouillette 50 3 10 13 3 14
Zach Redmond 19 2 11 13 -4 4
Jeremy Gregoire 55 9 3 12 -2 71
Daniel Carr 19 6 5 11 1 2
Markus Eisenschmid 37 6 4 10 5 12
David Broll 49 5 2 7 -7 113
Josiah Didier 32 1 6 7 -1 16
Tom Parisi 42 1 6 7 -5 8
Anthony Camara 17 2 3 5 2 4
Alexandre Ranger 15 1 1 2 -4 8
Yann Danis 22 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
John McCarron 3 0 0 0 0 2
Connor Crisp 7 0 0 0 0 4
Goaltender W L SL SV%
Charlie Lindgren 22 17 1 0.913
Yann Danis 10 7 1 0.903
Zachary Fucale 0 2 0 0.887