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.