Os­prey soar into ma­jor mid­get post sea­son

Tri Pen will face Western in the first round

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

If there is one thing a hockey team likes to have head­ing into the post­sea­son, it is mo­men­tum.

You do not want to be play­ing sub­par hockey when your play­off life is on the line, and would rather move into the sec­ond sea­son with some wins un­der your belt.

That is what the Tri Pen Os­prey (20-12) of the New­found­land and Labrador Ma­jor Mid­get Hockey League man­aged to ac­com­plish as they head into their best-of-seven semi­fi­nal se­ries with the Western Kings this week­end at the Pepsi Cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook.

The Os­prey fin­ished with three wins and one loss over the fi­nal week­end of the sea­son and gained back some con­fi­dence after a mini-slump early in Jan­uary.

“We’ve turned things around a bit and the spark is there again,” coach Scott Ak­er­man told The Com­pass a few days after reg­u­lar sea­son play con­cluded. “Last week­end was hard fought and there was a lot of en­ergy from play­ers. We’ve turned that page and have be­come a stronger team since.”

Com­pass file photo

Tri Pen Os­prey for­ward Reilly Deer­ing (right) at­tempts to cut around a Western Kings de­fender dur­ing provin­cial ma­jor mid­get ac­tion at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts in this Com­pass file photo. The Os­prey and Kings will meet in the first round of the New­found­land and Labrador Ma­jor Mid­get Hockey League.

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