The Vancouver North East Chiefs will head to Nanaimo this weekend to take on the North Island Silvertips in BC Major Midget League action.
The Chiefs are currently sitting in 2nd place in the league and want to finish 1st to solidify home ice advantage through the post season.
Chiefs captain Dante Ballarin and his club knows how critical the final 6 games are of the season with important points to get,
“It is a big weekend coming up, we need these 4 points to try and get home ice advantage in the playoffs. We need to play more as a team and not let little things get to our heads, move pucks quick, no blind pucks, and always be first to pucks. I think that is something we really need to implement in our game to be successful”.
Game times in Nanaimo are scheduled for 6:45 tomorrow night and 8 AM Sunday Morning.
In WHL action tonight, the Regina Pats will be hosting the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Pats will not make the playoffs this season, however, the mindset in the dressing room is still positive.
Forward Ty Kolle says there are always little things to work on, no matter where the team sits in the standings.
“We have our own goals. Every game we try to work hard and pay attention to detail and we have small little goals that we look forward to, regardless of the score, we just try to do our best. Sometimes we play really good teams like we are tonight and regardless of the score we just want to play a good hard game and give them a challenge”.
Tonight marks opening night of the PJHL playoffs. The top seeded North Vancouver Wolfpack will host the Ridge Meadows Flames in a best of 7 series in the opening round.
The Wolfpack acquired former WHL’er Jonas Harkins, and Harkins believes his team has what it takes to go the distance this post season,
“We have a strong team, we have acquired some guys from other leagues, so we got a solid team going into the playoffs. I am expecting big things from us, so hopefully we get a W tonight and hope we can go all the way to the league finals”.
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The Prince George Cougars are in a bit of a hole. The Cats are currently on a 13 game losing skid.
They also recently fired their head coach Richard Matvichuk last week. Cougars GM Mark Lamb is now behind the bench for the rest of the season along with former PG Cougar and director of player development Nick Drazenovic who will serve as the assistant coach.
Although, it is has been a tough time lately for the Cougars, forward Reid Perepeluk is trying to keep a positive mindset in his club’s dressing room.
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“Right now we are just trying to think positive with this losing streak and we just need to do the right things by putting pucks on net instead of making that fancy play because it hasn’t been working for us”
The Cougars next match up is this weekend against the Victoria Royals to kick off a 4 game home stand.
The PacWest Volleyball season is coming to a close in just over a month and Douglas College so far is the team to beat.
The Men’s team currently sits 15-3 and ranked around the top in the country.
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Royals 2nd year Libero Nick Hansen says everyone has bought in and knows what they need to do to become national champions.
“We know we have a great chance at a National Championship and the commitment from everybody has been amazing. We push each other every day, whether it is at team lifts or at practice. We have been practicing very hard”
The forward from Penticton has been through a couple teams in his WHL career but is finding his stride in Swift.
O’Rourke has 15 points in 46 games this year playing an important role on the team.
The 6’5 forward says he has been humbled to play with and against some unbelievable talent over the years
“Players like Cody Glass who will be in the NHL soon and Brett Leason who I play against quite a bit who seems to be finding his stride as well. I’m hoping I can put myself in a spot where I can be at that same level”.
Along with his strong play on the ice, the future purple eagle got it done in the classroom as well, scoring an impressive grade on his SAT.
Pomeroy says it was a quick process to commit to a division 1 university.
“On January 1st, they talked to me about a fly down, and then I went down January 21st and they showed me the campus, the rink, and all that stuff. Then they offered me the scholarship just before I flew back home”.
Pomeroy currently has 13 points in 43 games this season with the Thunder.