Osprey soar into major midget post season
Tri Pen will face Western in the first round
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.”
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.