After one game – it’s advantage Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
The MOB is back in action for a second night in a row as they take on the Whitecourt Wolverines for game two of the AJHL North Division Final.
The Barons currently lead the series 1-game to none after a 3-2 victory last night – but it wasn’t without its hiccups.
Head Coach Tom Keca tells Mix News the MOB will have to be a little sharper tonight.
“Puck management,” Keca said simply.
“Making sure that we get pucks deep when we have the opportunity. We can’t afford to create a lot of turnovers for them – they’re a quick transition team – and just making sure that we get pucks out of our zone to alleviate pressure and to eliminate any second or third opportunities”
The win came despite being out shot by the Wolverines 35-to-22.
The Barons salvaged a 33 save effort from goaltender Eric Szudor, on route to taking game one.
Keca gave a lot of credit to Szudor for holding onto the win.
“He’s come out with those huge, timely saves – he did that yesterday and made some great stops for us. It gives everybody on your bench a little boost and some enthusiasm. He’s playing with a lot of confidence and that’s one of the reasons why he’s one of the top goaltenders in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.”
The MOB will have to step up their game if they hope to take a 2-0 advantage with the series shifting to Whitecourt.
Despite the win last night, Keca says he expects a lot more of an effort from his team for tonight’s game.
“While it was good enough to get us yesterday’s win – we have to be better tonight,” he stated.
“We know that we’re going to get their best effort so we feel the first ten minutes is going to be crucial – but everyone in that dressing room – to a man, understands that we have to do a little bit better tonight.”
Keca is hoping that the home crowd can provide the spark to light a fire under the Barons.
Puck drop for game two is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Casman Center.