The Fort McMurray Oil Barons are riding into the playoffs blazing hot after closing the regular season with a three-game win streak.
The MOB capped their regular season with a convincing 6-3 victory Saturday over the Whitecourt Wolverines.
As a result, the Barons finish off the season 42-13-5, good for 2nd in the AJHL’s North Division, behind the Spruce Grove Saints.
With the current core, Head Coach Tom Keca tells Mix News they have all the pieces to put together a championship run.
“We’ve got great goaltending, no team wins without solid goaltending, we’ve got a defensive core that can not only defend but chip in offensively as well, and we’ve got five fifty point guys on offense so we feel good about our depth up front. All in all, we feel we’re deep enough and we have the makings of a very good team.”
The three-game win streak earned the Barons their second straight 40-plus win season.
Now heading into the postseason, the MOB enter play as one of the tougher contenders – leaving a sizable target on their back.
Keca says all they can do is focus on round one’s matchup with Bonnyville.
“By no means is this an easy playoff series. We’ve shown throughout the course of the year that in order to win, you have to be willing to play hard every single night. Bonnyville is young and energetic, they play hard and we’re going to have our hands full with them. It’s going to be a great series.”
Round one gets underway on Thursday at the Casman Centre.