Stingers need to win two last games to make playoffs
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 8:51PM EST
The university hockey season is winding down and for the Concordia men's team, it's come down to the final weekend.
With only two games remaining on the regular season schedule, the ninth-place Stingers will need to win both if they hope to sneak into the playoffs.
“We've had to win every game the last four games and we've come out of every game with points so far,” said head coach Kevin Figsby. “Right now the focus is to look forward and not in the rearview mirror and keep working as hard as we can right to the end.”
Captain Kyle Kelly said it’s doable.
“It's totally in our hands. We control our own destiny at this point. We've really been coming together, getting stronger and stronger. It's up to us now,” he said.
Despite the challenge that lies ahead, spirits are high within the group.
And why not? The Stingers have picked up points in their last four games and playing some of their best hockey of the season.
“We started off very slow,” said fourth-year centre George Lovatsis. “We had a bad losing streak at the start, but now we're beginning to pick it up. It's good timing, right before playoffs too. If we get in on fire, it's perfect timing.”
Rookie goaltender Antonio Mastropietro said things have picked up since late December.
“I think ever since Christmas, we've been playing very good hockey and that's how things got started. We had a rough beginning to the season. That probably cost us a few points. But like you said, we're playing good hockey and we never know what could happen,” he said.
The Stingers will play both games at Concordia, starting with Queens University on Friday and closing out the regular season with University of Toronto on Saturday.