Top of the Rock took a long time to fire on all cylinders but another victory in week 17 extended the club’s winning streak to four games, a season-high. Their 316.50 points also marked the fifth week in a row that they managed to score at least 300 points in a matchup.
Thanks to another win over the Stoned Assassins, the Rock improved to 3-1 over the rivals, with one more meeting slated for week 22. The boys set the bar high with their fourth straight win, which improved their record to 10-7, remaining only a few wins away from clinching a playoff berth.
The matchup opened with both teams stumbling out of the gate. It was a lackluster night for the offense as the two teams combined for 45.50 points, with the Rock jumping out to a 21.50 lead. The Assassins chipped away at the deficit lowering it to 11 and 15 points on Tuesday and Wednesday before getting tripped up on Thursday. The Rock managed to extend their lead to 43 points before being outscored on Friday, sending the team into panic mode with just a 19 point cushion with two days left.
Just when the Assassins saw their opportunity to tie or take over the matchup, the Rock responded with a week best 76 points on Saturday, giving them a 68 point advantage, their most significant of the week. With just one day left on the schedule, it would have been hard for their opponents to overcome such a steep deficit, and the Rock put it on cruise control, winning 316.50-253.00.
As the win streak grows, the Rock has climbed out of the basement in goals scored. Once ranked as the worst team in the league, the boys have consistently lit the lamp to earn a fourth-place ranking in the category.
In week 16, the Rock players became the best team at blocking shots, and the boys held onto that crown a week later. The goalies have also collected the most shutouts giving the Rock two first-place rankings.
Top of the Rock was the league’s highest-scoring team for the third straight week, becoming the only club to collect over 300 points with 316.50. Every other club managed at least 210 points, with Icing scoring a league worse 213.50 in their loss to the best team, Steve’s Great Team.
Three teams have reached double-digit wins, while the bottom three teams have all found themselves with double-digit losses. Although nothing is set in stone at this stage of the schedule, the playoff picture has begun to take shape, and the Rock should find themselves in a favorable matchup when the postseason commences.
Top of the Rock management selected Elias Lindholm (Calgary) in the eighth round, 46th overall, during the fantasy draft. The team’s patience has paid off since the Flames star just became the team leader with his fourth-best player award. After earning a 42 point win the week before, Lindholm collected 30.50 in week 17 thanks to four goals, four assists, one power-play point, 11 shots, and three hits. He finished the week with a plus-one rating as he finished as the only player with more than 30 points.
In between the pipes, Jacob Markstrom (Calgary) continues to dominate, and the hockey world just sits back in awe as he continues to stake his claim on the Veniza Trophy. After rewriting the team’s record book in the previous week, Markstrom had a “down” week with just 35.00 points. The Swedish netminder gave up three goals in two games and made 48 saves, not securing a shutout.
Hampus Lindholm (Anaheim) was the team’s worst player with just 3.50 points, a pending free agent, and a star defenseman. It was a down week for a player who tops many trade bait boards with just one assist, five shots, three hits, and one blocked shot. His final point total would have been higher if it wasn’t for his minus-two rating.
Top of the Rock team management did not execute any player transactions during week 17.
Weekly Move Total: 0/4
Season Move Total: 18/50