Team looking for secondary scoring ahead of league playoffs
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.