The run up to the playoffs is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Mission Icebreakers.
The local junior B team has posted only two losses in the last 14 games, and coach Craig Sherbaty said a recent trade that saw Lyndon Enger come aboard to tighten up the defence is just one of the reasons for the late success.
“He’s helped by bringing his size and grit,” said Sherbaty.
Some timely goals, “stingy” penalty killing and a special focus on defense has enabled the team to put down some tough opponents. Goaltending from both Lukas Simpson and Michael Barr has been unreal, he continued
The two losses came against the Richmond Sockeyes, the most recent Jan. 16 in which the local squad was put down 4-1.
Sherbaty and the coaching staff are working on fine-tuning the power play but are overall pleased with the way the boys are playing.
The Harold Brittain conference is a tight one, he continued, and Mission sits with 31 points and a 13-17 record, five points ahead of Aldergrove, and only two points behind Ridge Meadows.
There are 14 games left and Sherbaty is hoping for another pair of back-to-back wins this weekend against Squamish (Jan. 22) and a home game versus North Delta (Jan. 23) to rocket the Icebreakers further up the standings.