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MOB Mentality: Keca Feels Season Will Be Short Term Pain For Long Term Gain

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
MOB Mentality: Keca Feels Season Will Be Short Term Pain For Long Term Gain

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons will look to shake off their latest overtime loss with another pair of games on tap this weekend.

The MOB are currently sitting at 7-4-and-2 on the season following a split doubleheader this past weekend – with the Lloydminster Bobcats.

Head Coach Tom Keca is trying to look at the weekend with optimism.

“We were able to tie up Saturday’s game and then, unfortunately, a sort of half-injury/bad line change resulted in an odd-man rush but, yes, a little disappointed we didn’t come out with four points but when you’ve had the day to digest it – three out of four isn’t the end of the world.”

The Barons will use this upcoming weekend to inch close to the AJHL North division lead – although they may need a bit of a spark up front.

The MOB have not scored more than three goals in a game in their last five contests.

Head Coach Tom Keca tells Mix News while the offence has dried up as of late, he knows the team will have its share of growing pains.

“It’s a long 60 game season and you’re going to have your ups and downs. For us, it’s about making sure we work hard enough to even warrant a chance to win. So, on one end, yeah – you’d like more offence but then again you have to understand that it is going to be a bit of a roller coaster throughout the year.”

The North division has already seen tons of parody, according to Keca – with just 10 points separating 1st from 6th place.

Keca says with Okotoks and Canmore coming to town this weekend – they’ll have their work cut out for them.

“Both teams are very offensive – great forward group – so for us, it’s going to be about defending well and keeping them to the outside, trying to slow them down as well. We don’t want to get into a track meet with either of those teams and if we’re able to play our game – I like our chances to win both games.”

The Barons take on the Okotoks Oilers this Friday night at the Casman Centre – with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday’s game with Canmore takes place at 2 p.m.

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