First off, my apologies for the lack of posts. Between Bantam AA Playoffs in Alberta, BC Provincials in Kelowna and now this week KIBIHT in Kamloops (Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament; some 45 years running) to finish off my youngest son's hockey season, it's been tough to get anything down on-screen.
At any rate, there wasn't many who thought coming back from Edmonton with a split after a 9-0 shellacking in game one was anywhere near a remote possibility. Instead of resting on the laurels of clawing their way out of the WHL's basement in December to make the playoffs, a timely OT goal by Luke Philp drew the series with the defending champs even.
Who knows? With this bunch, surely anything is possible as the season has proven.
With little reports coming out of the injury department, especially during the post-season, it's doubtful that D Tanner Muth and F Levi Cable will be available to play, and perhaps not for the entire series.
With Ice head coach Ryan McGill being the Eastern Conference nominee for Coach of the Year, the ones calling for his head for his 'old school' style of coaching are sure quiet. Hey, just saying.
Really, my expectations as a fan aren't high being the 8th seed facing the number one seed and the defending champs. If they can make go six games I'll be impressed. Someone once said to me that in this league, playoff experience is the biggest tangible a young team can have as it grows into a contender. Losing only two players next season (Montgomery and Leach, both who will graduate this year), this club should be set up for a championship run next year. Sure a tweek here and there perhaps some scoring depth and maybe another blueliner but they should be on the top of the playoff push next year, not the bottom.
At 0-9 through the first two games the power play will have to get moving or it'll be that much harder to move on.
Here's hoping for a good crowd tonight, I'll be listening in from Kamloops.