Team look­ing for sec­ondary scor­ing ahead of league play­offs

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Each goalie has recorded at least eight wins — Gray with nine and Pet­ten with eight — and sports a goals against av­er­age of 1.50 or bet­ter. They’ve also both reg­is­tered two shutouts.

Pet­ten has sur­ren­dered just 17 goals, while Gray has let in 15.

“We try to block ev­ery shot,” said Ben­nett. “Ob­vi­ously we don’t, but when the time comes for a save they’re more than ca­pa­ble. They both play good games and they can both play un­der pres­sure … they are both rock solid. There is no ques­tion why they are both pro­vin­cial goal­tenders.”

Look­ing for more punch

When a team has of­fen­sive weapons like Kyle Pet­ten (16 goals, 15 as­sists), Daw­son Mercer (16 goals, 13 as­sists) and Liam Leonard (11 goals and 14 as­sists), you might ques­tion why a coach would say he’d like to see more scor­ing depth.

How­ever, that is what Ben­nett wants from this team with just six games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Three of those games were last week­end against the ri­val Tri Com Thun­der (re­sults were not known prior to dead­line).

“I’d like to see more sec­ondary scor­ing,” said Ben­nett. “It’s huge. It is re­ally nice when we an­other line chip in with some­thing.”

The Ice and Thun­der are in a neck-and-neck bat­tle for first place. Head­ing into last week­end, the Ice held a one-point ad­van­tage over sec­ond place Tri Com for first place in the league — 36 to 35.

St. John’s trailed the duo with 31 points. With re­gards to the play­off pic­ture, first place would se­cure a matchup with ei­ther Western (10 points) or Cen­tral ( four points) in the league semi­fi­nals.

The Ice wel­come Western for a

scor­ing three-game set Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Games one and two are sched­uled for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia Sta­dium in Whit­bourne on Jan. 31, while the third game will be played at Bay Arena in Bay Roberts Feb. 1.

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