One week after reaching a 0.500 record again at 7-7, Top of the Rock outdid themselves in their most recent contest scoring a season-high 412.50 points in the dubbing of Icing. Initially projected for a 44.95 point win, Icing was no match for the Rock, who was out for blood, nearly tripling those projections, securing a 137.50 point win, 412.50-275.00.
The Rock used their high octane offense to blow those computer numbers away, outscoring their projections by 70.80 points. On the other hand, Icing came up short of its forecasts, finishing 21.75 below what the experts thought.
The matchup opened with the Rock jumping out to a significant 51 point lead, 92.50-41.50. On Tuesday, the two battled it out, cutting the deficit in half to just 23.50 before it ballooned to 84.50 on Wednesday. That was the final day; the matchup was close because the Rock jumped ahead by triple digits on Thursday and finished it with a 137.50 point win.
It took the Rock only two days to reach 100 points, while Icing found themselves in the club just a day later. The Rock didn’t stop there because on the same day Icing finished with 133.00, the boys had already surpassed 200. After a quiet day on Thursday, the two teams reached another point plateau together, one going past 300 and the other 200. When it was all said and done, only the Rock managed to collect 400 points, a franchise first.
The highest scoring week of the season managed to help the Rock in team statistics. A handful of categories (goals, plus/minus, and shorthanded points) climbed in the standings. The other offensive statistics, shorthanded points, shots, hits, and blocks, all stayed the course despite the bump in scoring.
The goalie categories stayed the except for shutouts and losses. One ranking went up (shutouts) while losses dropped one, breaking up the 4th overall monopoly the team had in those categories.
A handful of other teams in the league were already members of the 400 point club, Dirty Sanchez and Steve’s Great Team, with Top of the Rock joining them in week 15.
Four of the six teams scored over 300 points, with Stoned Assassins and Steve’s Great Team picking up wins. Dirty Sanchez, the league’s best team, scored 302.00 but suffered their fourth loss of the season.
There are three teams with winning records, two of them tied at the top of the standings, while three have losing records and make up the bottom half of the league standings.
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog scored a team-best 41.50 points in the win, collecting his third-best player award. With this win, Landeskog managed to secure the third-highest point total of any player on the season. The native of Stockholm collected points in all offensive categories except shorthanded points, where he registered a zero. He scored four goals with three helpers and was plus-three. The recently signed leader of the Avs had 11 shots to go along with 11 hits and two blocked shots. Three power-play points finished out his score sheet for the week.
The Calgary Flames continue to roll and are contenders as the best team in the western conference. They owe their success to Jacob Markstrom, who was a star again for Top of the Rock. The Swedish netminder had 57 points thanks to three wins (two shutouts) while giving up just one goal against. He finished his time in the crease with 58 saves.
There were no negative point collectors in the lineup this week; however, the worse player award had to go to someone. Unfortunately, that player was Rasmus Dahlin from the Buffalo Sabres. The young defender finished the week with 6.50 points thanks to five shots, four hits, and two blocks. The only knock on his totals was a minus-one rating which cost him a few points.
Top of the Rock team management did not execute any player transactions during week 15.
Weekly Move Total: 0/4
Season Move Total: 18/50