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

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The Coles Notes from the month of April including record-breaking Chris Terry, the playoff run, and the end of an era.

St. John’s IceCaps
Bobby Gamba

April was a real nail-biting, cross-your-fingers, frustrating kind of month for any St. John’s IceCaps fan. Leading up to the Calder Cup playoffs, the IceCaps continued to bounce in and out of a playoff spot right up to the very last game of the regular season.

St. John’s needed just one point to make it to the post-season, and after losing their second-last game to the Toronto Marlies, their chances looked bleak. But they took the final North Division playoff spot in style the following evening with a 4-1 victory in the rematch.

The Record-breaker

Chris Terry has been a top player for the IceCaps for the full 2016-17 season, and his impressive play didn’t stop until the final buzzer of the year:

  • During a battle with the Marlies on April 4, Terry hit the 61-point mark to tie former IceCap Bud Holloway as the franchise leading scorer. Three days later, while facing the Albany Devils, he broke that record.
  • Continuing his record-breaking run, Terry broke the all-time IceCaps franchise goal-scoring record, notching 30 goals by the end of the regular season.
  • He ended up second in the league in points with 68 (30 G, 38 A), and was top of the charts in power-play goals with 19.
  • He was named to the 2016-17 AHL Second AHL All-Star Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players, and media.
  • He was also named Top Scorer and MVP during the IceCaps annual team awards.

The Award Goes To

The complete list of players who were acknowledged by their peers and picked up an award are:

  • Fans’ Choice - Jacob de la Rose
  • Rookie of the Year - Charlie Lindgren
  • Molson Three Stars award - Charlie Lindgren
  • Statoil Community Man of the Year - David Broll
  • Defenceman of the Year - Joel Hanley
  • Top Scorer: Chris Terry
  • MVP: Chris Terry

The Playoffs

Although they didn’t make it past the first round, the IceCaps put up one hell of a fight against the first-place Syracuse Crunch.

They started with home-ice advantage for the first two games of the series. The first match saw the IceCaps come away with a 2-1 victory, but the outcome wasn’t as good the following evening. It should have been another win for the IceCaps, but after two waved-off goals during overtime and managing to push it to a second extra frame, they headed to Syracuse for the final three contests tied at one.

It was another close call during Game Three, but the result was a 3-2 loss. A hard-fought Game Four was again pushed to overtime, but the IceCaps were unable to force a Game Five, falling 3-2 and losing the five-game series.

Charlie Lindgren stood tall between the pipes for all four matchups. He let just eight pucks slip past him in the 117 shots he faced over the duration of the playoffs.

A surprising player who stepped up was Stefan Matteau. Tied with Charles Hudon in points (4), he was responsible for three goals (which led the team) and one assist.

The End of an Era

The IceCaps will be moving to Laval, Quebec for the 2017-18 season and will transform into the Laval Rocket.

Not only is this the end of the IceCaps season, it marks the end of an era for Newfoundland and Labrador. For 20 years, St. John’s has enjoyed and supported AHL hockey, watching the farm teams of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, and the Montreal Canadiens pass through.

The fans are not only saying goodbye to the Canadiens’ affiliate, they’re saying goodbye to AHL hockey in general, as there are no other teams lined up to take their place.

Notable Mentions

  • Outstanding back-to-back shutouts by Zachary Fucale and Charlie Lindgren during their April 8 and April 9 contests, were the advantage the team needed to make it to the post-season.
  • Charles Hudon played his 200th career AHL game.
  • Niki Petti was signed to an ATO, and scored his first goal in his first professional game.
  • Victor Mete was signed to an ATO on April 19, but didn’t suit up for a game.
  • Noah Juulsen joined the IceCaps for their playoff run after his Everett Silvertips were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. He made an appearance in two IceCaps playoff games.

Player Stats

Player GP G A PTS Plus/Minus PIM
Player GP G A PTS Plus/Minus PIM
Chris Terry 58 30 38 68 0 36
Charles Hudon 56 27 22 49 3 52
Nikita Scherbak 66 13 28 41 -2 32
Jacob de la Rose 62 14 17 31 -3 38
Max Friberg 71 11 20 31 -3 18
Daniel Audette 75 10 20 30 -7 37
Bobby Farnham 71 11 17 28 10 137
Stefan Matteau 67 12 13 25 -3 122
Sven Andrighetto 20 8 14 22 -8 8
Joel Hanley 65 2 20 22 11 34
Michael McCarron 32 7 12 19 -7 66
Keegan Lowe 71 6 12 18 12 74
Ryan Johnston 50 5 13 18 -6 22
Zach Redmond 26 4 14 18 -4 8
Mark Barberio 20 3 15 18 1 28
Yannick Veilleux 53 6 10 16 6 59
Brett Lernout 74 3 13 16 5 63
Mark MacMillan 58 6 7 13 -6 12
Julien Brouillette 57 3 10 13 2 14
Jeremy Gregoire 56 9 3 12 -2 78
Daniel Carr 19 6 5 11 1 2
Markus Eisenschmid 39 6 4 10 4 12
Tom Parisi 45 1 8 9 -4 10
David Broll 54 5 3 8 -7 115
Anthony Camara 23 3 5 8 1 8
Josiah Didier 39 2 6 8 3 25
Alexandre Ranger 15 1 1 2 -4 8
Niki Petti 4 1 0 1 0 0
Yann Danis 25 0 1 1 0 0
Charlie Lindgren 48 0 1 1 0 0
Bryan Pitton 1 0 0 0 0 2
Brandon MacLean 2 0 0 0 1 0
Zachary Fucale 3 0 0 0 0 0
John McCarron 3 0 0 0 0 2
Connor Crisp 7 0 0 0 0 4
Goaltender W L SL SV%
Charlie Lindgren 24 18 1 0.914
Yann Danis 11 9 1 0.902
Zachary Fucale 1 2 0 0.919