It’s all come down to one final game between the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Whitecourt Wolverines.
After Sunday’s big 5-1 win, the MOB have battled all the way back from being down 3-games-to-1 and are getting set for game seven of their AJHL semi-final series.
Jarred White played the role of game six hero, potting two goals and an assist, lifting the MOB to victory.
Head Coach Tom Keca tipped his hat to the forward, who the coach feels has been a revelation to the team through this playoff run.
Keca tells Mix News the 18-year old has played like a coach’s dream.
“He really likes to play that physical styles, which is one of those styles that really appeals to Fort McMurray fans so, he’s a fan favourite and for him to chip in offensively, it’s great for him because he truly is a great kid with a team-first mentality.”
Game seven will also provide an opportunity for a little revenge after the Wolverines eliminated Fort McMurray from last year’s playoffs.
Keca feels they’ll have to repeat their effort from game six to come out on top in game seven.
“We don’t want to give up odd-man rushes or any easy goals. So, it should be an exciting time. I mean, this is why you play the game. Every kid played street hockey growing up and there’s always that idea of a game seven in a league final and there’s always a hero in that dressing room. Hopefully, we can have 20 heroes tomorrow night.”
The winner will take on the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL’s North Division final.
Keca says after already storming back from 3-1 – his team has shown its ability to tackle adversity.
“We’ve been a streaky team all year. We were on a seven-game winning streak and then we lost three straight. Now, we’re back on a bit of a streak ourselves. So, it speaks volumes about our leadership. We’ve got a great group of 20-year old’s who don’t want to quit playing.”
The series wraps up on Tuesday – with puck drop at 7:30 p.m. at the Casman Centre.