Blackfalds Wranglers are on the brink of elimination after losing last night’s game to the Mountain View Colts.
Wranglers lost 4-2 and are down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Colts scored twice on the man advantage and have now scored 10 powerplay goals over four games.
Wranglers Head Coach Sean Neumeier is getting frustrated with the amount of penalties they have taken and said his team desperately needs to stay out of the box if they want to have any kind of success.
“The only reason they are 3-1 in the series is because we have gifted them power play after power play and they score every other time,” said Neumeier.
“They’re running at 50 per cent and we can’t figure out how to stay out of the box.”
Once again the coach said he believes they were the better team 5-on-5, but said the wins won’t come if they don’t watch their discipline.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot. That’s the problem and the frustrating part,” said Neumeier.
“The effort was good, we out shot them tonight (34-22) so that was a positive, but their (Colts) powerplay is clicking right now and we can’t afford to give them anymore.”
Wranglers have been known for their resilience all year and forward Landon Siegle said he still believes the team can come back and win the series.
“I think we’re still in a good spot to put three wins up,” said Siegle.
“We don’t give up, that’s for sure and it’s shown in the playoffs this year.”
Siegle is referring to the decisive Game 3 of the first round against the Stettler Lightning when the team clawed back from a 4-0 deficit with just over five minutes left in the game to win 5-4 in double overtime.
But if they look to come back and make it a series, Neumeier said they need to start with getting a lead, something they have yet to do all playoffs.
“First, it would be nice to get a lead. I would really enjoy that” laughed Neumeier.
“We’ve got to score the first goal, we got to play with a lead and not dig ourselves our own grave like we have been.”
Wranglers look to force a Game 6 back in Didsbury later tonight.