The Kootenay ICE continue their battle for playoff position on Friday versus the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The ICE fell 3-1 to the Tigers Tuesday and remain two points behind Red Deer for a playoff spot.
Forward Cam Hausinger says they know what’s at stake.
“We know it’s there and we know we have to win games, it’s a big factor for us right now as that’s our motivation.” explains Hausinger.
Hausinger adds making the postseason has been a goal all season long.
“We all want to make the playoffs, we don’t want to go home March 18th or whatever it is. We want to do it for our older guys, the guys in their last year, we want to do it for our coaches, do it for our fans and do it for ourselves.”
Kootenay is taking on a Tigers team that has the least amount of penalty minutes in the league by a wide margin.
Medicine Hat has just 495 PIMs this season compared to Kootenay’s 580, which is the second least amount of penalty minutes.
Hausinger says staying discipline will be a huge factor.
“It’s emotional times, it’s going to be an emotional game so we just have to keep moving our feet when were playing against them, they’re a pretty fast team, and we’ll stay out of the box.” explains Hausinger.
Kootenay is 1-3-1-0 versus Medicine Hat this season, being outscored 26-11 in those five games.
The ICE hit the road Saturday to take on the Spokane Chiefs.
– Cam Hausinger, Kootenay ICE forward