I’m not sure if you can write the IceCaps off just yet, but after another loss in Norfolk last night and a 2-0 series deficit, the odds are that fans in St. John’s this week will be seeing this club play it’s last game at Mile One for at least a few months.
Returning to St. John’s, the IceCaps come home to play in a building where they’re 4-2 in these playoffs with 18 goals for and 14 goals against. Not exactly mind-blowing numbers.
If the team is to continue on to the AHL Calder Cup Final against either the Marlies or Barons (tied 1-1), they’ll need to do one of two things: take three straight at home and hope to split back in Norfolk, or nab two of three here on the rock and sweep the last two on the road.
When I think about it in those terms, things don’t look so good. The Admirals are a strong team and they match up well against the Caps.
It’s been an impressive run for a group of players in a new town most of them probably had never even heard of until last summer. The playoff games at Mile One surely have to be the loudest in the entire AHL, without question.
With the uncertainty that surrounds every AHL roster due to the pursuits of their affiliates, it’s completely up in the air as to whether the IceCaps will come back next season even nearly as good as this. The same question exists for every club.
So with the universe leaning on them, make sure you appreciate these next two or three games in St. John’s. You really don’t know when the team will be at this stage again.
Game three goes tomorrow night (Monday) at Mile One, 7:30 Newfoundland Time, with game four the following night.
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