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Oil Barons Looking To Hit The Ground Running In Final Stretch

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Oil Barons Looking To Hit The Ground Running In Final Stretch

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons will be looking to make it two straight wins.

After a 5-3 loss to the Brooks Bandits on Friday, the Barons bounced back on Saturday with a 6-4 victory over the Camrose Kodiaks.

Now entering the last 18 games, Fort McMurray sits 2nd in the AJHL’s North Division with a record of 32-7-3.

Head Coach Tom Keca tells Mix News the biggest hurdle facing them in the final third of the season is the injury bug.

“You’re in that funk after the trade deadline, and you’re trying to establish your identity and you’ve got new guys coming in. We’ll take the split, we’ll build on it and hopefully get better as the last third of this season rolls along.”

As they enter the final stretch, the Barons have now won 7 of 8 games dating back to last year.

Keca feels with few games left on the schedule, now’s the time to make adjustments.

As they set their sights on Bonnyville, he adds that they can’t take a young team like the Pontiacs too lightly.

“They are going to challenge us to play hard. So, for us, while it is a divisional opponent, I’m more concerned with our ability to handle the pressure on forecheck. It’s about puck movement and us moving our feet and being willing to compete on a more consistent basis.”

The Barons host the Pontiacs Tuesday at the Casman Centre with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.

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