Greetings from frigid, snowy yet BEAUTIFUL Newfoundland & Labrador! Your Hershey Bears are all set for their season series finale with the St. John’s IceCaps, a back-to-back set that gets underway in just a little while.
The IceCaps have fallen on tough times recently, mainly due to player recall. Eight of St. John’s top 17 scorers are currently with the parent Montreal Canadiens, most recently leading goal scorer Charles Hudon and defenseman Darren Dietz (who undoubtedly went up with P.K. Subban’s recent injury).
Hopefully this sentence will make sense: tonight, the Bears will face an old friend whom they never got to meet. Goaltender Eddie Pasquale – the “original IceCap” – gets the crease for St. John’s. With prospect Zach Fucale playing the back-to-back set against the Binghamton Senators on Tuesday and Wednesday, tonight is “Ed-die” night for the IceCaps faithful to cheer.
Dan Ellis will get the net for the Bears – playing as one of the hottest goaltenders in the league of late. He has won his last six starts and is 14-2-1 in calendar year 2016. With a GAA of 2.36, he has moved into seventh in the AHL in the statistic.
The other big story involves the man wearing number 33 for St. John’s (they will be in white and green tonight and tomorrow, not the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge of the Canadiens, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day). That man was the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game. The man who won the hearts of the pro hockey world during the entire voting process leading up to Nashville.
That man is John Scott. All 6’8″ of him will play on the fourth line, right side.
What a story, and what a guy he has been here for the IceCaps, according to my colleague and good friend, broadcaster Brian Rogers (who, one day, we WILL get on Twitter)!