Blackfalds Wranglers are in desperate need of a win, after Sunday’s loss to the Mountain View Colts.
With a 6-4 loss, the Wranglers are down two games to one in the North Division semi-final of Heritage Junior B Hockey League playoffs.
Colts scored four of their goals on the powerplay and Sean Neumeier, Wranglers Head Coach, said they need to stay out the box, simple as that.
“We’ve got to watch our discipline. That’s going to either make or break us,” said Neumeier.
“If we stay out of the box I like our odds, if we don’t, I don’t like them at all.”
Wranglers captain Eric Moltzahn gives credit to the Colts powerplay saying it’s another reason for the team to avoid taking too many penalties.
“We can’t afford to be taking penalties especially against this team,” said Moltzahn.
“I’ll give them credit, they have an awesome powerplay.”
At even strength, Neumeier said he liked the way his team competed.
“When we played five-on-five, I would go on a limb and say we outplayed them,” said Neumeier.
“I really do. If we can fix that problem, we’ll be alright.”
Down 6-2 midway in the third period, the Wranglers had the fans on the edge of their seats, when Landon Siegle scored back-to-back goals in about a minute and a half to get them back in the game.
It wasn’t enough, but it did show the coach something.
“I am proud that they don’t give up and that’s something you can’t teach,” said Neumeier.
“It’s the way they were brought up and you have to admire that. They just don’t take no for an answer.”
It’s a best-of-seven series and the coach said he would like to remind people it’s not over until it’s over.
“They have to win four times. They’ve won twice and we need to win three more and that’s just the way it is,” said Neumeier.
“You’re going to have good nights and you’re going to have bad nights.”
Wranglers are back at it Tuesday night as they host the Colts for Game 4. Game time is 7:30 p.m. inside the Blackfalds Multi-Plex.