The Fort McMurray Oil Barons head to hostile territory as they continue their AJHL North Division Semi-Final series with the Whitecourt Wolverines.
After their 4-3 overtime win on Friday to open the series – the MOB got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday – falling to the Wolverines in OT by a score of 4-3.
As a result, the series is all knotted up at 1-game apiece.
Head Coach Tom Keca tells Mix News it was unfortunate to lose one in front of the home crowd.
“Just goes to show you, in our league, you can’t play for 20 minutes and expect to win hockey games. For us now, it’s 1-1, Whitecourt got what they wanted with the split. Now, the onus is on us to go out to Whitecourt and get one back.”
The loss was also Fort McMurray’s first of the post-season.
While it’s worth noting that Whitecourt bounced the Barons from last year’s playoffs Keca feels revenge should be the last thing on his team’s mind.
He says it’s on his players to assert themselves against a team that has kept with them at every turn.
“It comes down to how committed you are to work on a regular basis. The team at the end of the series that wins is the one that’ll say: ‘we were probably more committed.’ The team that loses will sit there and wonder what could’ve been but, in the end, couldn’t get it done.”
On the bright side for the MOB, goalie Eric Szudor was back practicing with his teammates on Sunday.
However, Keca says their star netminder will remain on the shelf for at least another week.
“We are hoping to get him (Eric) back but Chris Curr has done a phenomenal job for us and is giving us an opportunity to win. It’s a luxury we’ve had all year and the depth that we try and build throughout the organization is evident here because we are going to need everyone in the playoffs.”
Game 3 takes place in Whitecourt tonight with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.