Jack Quinn Rochester Americas Calder Utica Comets Cup

Every time he takes the field, quarterback Josh Allen will play a key role in whether the Buffalo Bills win or lose.

Likewise, every time Stephen Curry takes the floor, he will play a major role in the outcome of the Golden State Warriors match that night.

But in hockey, there will be games – often too often – when the sport’s greatest players don’t score and won’t have much of an impact on the bottom line.

That’s just the nature of the game, and that’s the lesson Seth Appert, the Rochester coach, tried to pass on to young striker Jack Quinn.

The 20-year-old right winger, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Championship by the Sabers, was held without a point in Rochester’s first three playoffs after leading America this season by averaging 1.36 points per game. .

“I’ve talked to JJ (Peterka, who is second at 0.97 PPG) and Jack about this a lot over the past year or two,” said Appert. “Let’s say you’re in the NHL and you score 60 to 80 points and it’s elite, right? You’re going to get those points in about 40 or 50 games. So if you’re a top scorer in the NHL, it’s going to be 30 or 40 games that you don’t get a point.

“What are you going to do in those 30 or 40 games to help your team win? And those are the things that we talk about a lot, those are the habits, the ones that are checked, being good defensively. And I thought those things were in place for these guys.”

When the Americans face Utica Saturday night in Game 2 of their best-of-five series in the semi-finals at the Adirondack Bank Center, it is recognized that they will need a top-scoring streak from Quinn, Petrka and Peyton Crips. in order to go.

In a two-game streak of play, Belleville’s 6-3 sweep and loss to Utica Tuesday, this talented trio was restricted as it only produced one goal and five assists, none of that from Quinn, who only succeeded. Eight shots on goal.

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