After four games, the Bonnyville Pontiacs are face to face with elimination after games three and four have passed in the North Division Final.
Game three saw the Yaks close out a win 4-1 after a hard-fought battle but lose their grip in game four coming one goal short of a comeback in the third period.
The series stands 3-1 in the Spruce Grove Saints’ favor with game five set back in Spruce Grove at the Grant Fuhr Arena. Neil Langridge Associate General Manager for the Pontiacs says he thought the Yaks had what it took to win game four.
“We just could not get the bounces we needed and that is just the game of hockey and that is why we play it, with the competitive edge. If you do not take advantage of the opportunities you are given then that is what hits you. It put us in a little bit of a hole here in the series but I have complete faith in our group.”
Langridge says the group is determined to win and will fight every second they can.
“I think if we can keep the pressure on we can stop them from playing the game they want to play. We need to have a shot mentality and try to expose them.”
With the pressure of elimination on the Pontiacs, Langridge says the Yaks have learned how to deal with the pressure.
“We learned so much in round one about how to deal with pressure. We have to rely on our experience and realize we just have to take it one shift, period, game at a time.”
With the excitement of the series, Langridge says it’s the best time to be a hockey fan.