After weather delays stopping the last few games, the Big Six Hockey League resumes play tonight in the playoffs. Here's a quick look at the matchups tonight.
Bienfait @ Yellow Grass in Game 2, Bienfait leads series 1-0
Althought Yellow Grass has home ice advantage over the Coalers, game one was played in Bienfait and the Coalers used that home ice advantage to get the win in game one. Now they go back to Yellow Grass for two games straight, and for the Wheat Kings, that looks to be a huge advantage. The Wheat Kings have not lost a single game in Yellow Grass dating back till last year in the playoffs when they were swept by the Wawota Flyers in the quarter finals. Despite their 11 game win streak at home, Coalers captain and manager Preston Erickson is not too concerned.
"I don't think any of us are too worried about their home record and their barn, we've been playing very good lately as a team, everybody's coming together and battling for the cause so I think we're going to use what we've been building off of lately, come in and see what we can do."
The Coalers don't have a record to slouch at either. In their last ten games, they've won eight of them. Their biggest strength comes in their offence, which has not been held to a single goal all year long, even when the team was shorthanded.
The Wheat Kings have three goaltenders they've dressed in the playoffs, all of which average 2 goals a game or less. Their main starter, Tanner Erickson, has only started twice and was the goaltender the Coalers put four passed in game one.
You can catch this game tonight on CJ 1150.
Carnduff @ Redvers in Game 3, Series is tied 1-1
So far in this series, you can throw home ice advantage out the window. Not only have both teams won their game on the road, but both games have put four into the home team's net. Carnduff has two of the top scorers in the playoffs, Trevor Geiger and Blake McMillen who have nine and eight points respectively. As well, Cody Dumaine has been rock solid in net. He leads the league with a goals against average of 1.33.
As for the Rockets, Drew Hoff and Remi Lamotte lead their team with eight points a piece. Their goaltending numbers look a little worse than the Red Devils, but that's thanks in part to their first round opponent. The Red Devils played Midale in the first round, a team that won more close, low scoring games compared than any other team in the league, whereas the Rockets and Thomas Bauche played a high flying Wawota team that lived and died with high offensive pressure all year. Both teams are incredibly evenly matched, and whoever comes out of the series could be a favourite to win the league title.