IceCaps a well-balanced bunch

Brendan McCarthy
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Scoring has been spread all around in march to the top of the league standings

Numbers, it is said, can be shaped to fit any side of a story. Nevertheless, some stats attached to the St. John’s IceCaps make a clear, irrefutable statement about their scoring-by-committee approach.

Not that this is much of a surprise; as there never seemed to be a clear sniper or one potential paramount point-producer  on the American Hockey League team.

Still, the IceCaps seem to take this business of shared offensive responsibility to a new level.

Centre Marco Rosa is the leading scorer with 11 points in 14 games. The eye-opener is that the top 10 on the team scoring list (see attached) is then rounded out by four players with nine points and five more with eight.

With the scoring so spread around, the IceCaps (9-2-3) have been able to out together a run that has seen them take over first place overall in the AHL.

What’s more, ,the streak was fashioned entirely on the road. On Monday, the Caps returned from a six-game tour that saw them collect 10 of a possible 12 points, with four wins and two overtime losses.

The four victories came in a row at the end of the swing through New England, finished off by a busy weekend that saw the IceCaps prevail over three different teams in 70 hours.

If that recent schedule has the St. John’s players a little tuckered out, they can take some consolation in that there does appear to be some rest available to the weary.

The IceCaps don’t play again until Saturday, when they host the Connecticut Whale at Mile One Centre in the opener of a two-game series that will continue Sunday afternoon.

The dates with the Whale mark the start of a six-game homestand that will be conducted over three separate weekends, with the Norfolk Admirals and Toronto Marlies set to play here later this month.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

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Organizations: IceCaps, American Hockey League

Geographic location: New England

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  • albert fowler
    November 11, 2011 - 21:56

    danny is a winners so will the ice caps he is the best at what he do

  • Robert Samuel Kirby
    November 08, 2011 - 20:27

    Good thing I read the story before the commentaries! Where does all this negative chatter come from? A young team having some well earned success and their fans can't wait to say thanks! Congrats to the team, the fans and the owners for bringing them here!

  • Ricky Martin
    November 08, 2011 - 14:18

    ya his mind is gone. some of the top players in senior may be able to contribute to either a 3rd or 4th line job but to contribute on any other higher level would be ludicris. there are some players that played in the senior league before half the teams folded that would have trouble making the bell island junior B team while struggling to put on their equiptment or tie their own skates, let alone play in a league that has plenty of NHL caliber players.

  • Steve Roberts
    November 08, 2011 - 12:53

    The sad part about what Bill says is that diehard Senior Hockey fans actually believe it.

  • Bill O'dey
    November 08, 2011 - 11:50

    Win all they wants, they're still nobodys. Put them up against a senior hockey team. Delaney boys skate circles and score no problem. Get the buncha bums outta Mile One and put Senior hockey down there. Good ole Newfie hockey is the best around these parts. Donny Gosse better then any player on the IceCaps. Go Breakers!!!

    • John
      November 08, 2011 - 13:53

      Bill, is out of his mind. I know Clarenville won the Allan Cup last seasoin but this guy is nuts thinking a group of senior hockey players could stay within five goals of the Ice Caps in a game. Obviously, he is isn't really following senior hockey much lately because he would know the Southern Shore Breakers are out of business.