It's been a great year for the St. John's IceCaps. The team made its debut as the newest member of the American Hockey League in October. Off the ice, the club made an immediate splash, selling out season tickets for the next three seasons.
Since then, the IceCaps have been delighting fans with a strong effort. Despite injuries and call ups to the parent club in Winnipeg, the Ice Caps ended the regular season with 43 wins and the Atlantic Division title.
Now head coach Keith McCambridge has most of the club's regulars healthy and back in the lineup for the IceCaps' next challenge - a first appearance in the American Hockey League playoffs and the drive for the 2012 Calder Cup.
The playoffs have been very exciting for IceCaps fans so far. The team made short work of the Syracuse Crunch in the quarter-finals, winning the best of five series 3-1. The next series between the Icecaps and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins took a bit longer, with the series going back and forth until the Icecaps finally secured it in game seven.
Now the IceCaps face off against the Norfolk Admirals in the Eastern Conference finals. If the regular season is anything to go on, the IceCaps will be in tough against Norfolk. St. John's finished second to Norfolk in the Eastern Conference standings. St. John's finished with nine fewer points and twelve fewer wins. The teams clashed four times during the season with Norfolk winning three out of four. The IceCaps start this new series on the road with game one set for Thursday in Norfolk.
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