By Mervin Brass

(Saskatoon, SK) The Ochapowace Thunder will try to do something no team has done during the regular season…beat the Rocanville Tigers.

The first game in the Triangle Hockey League championship final gets underway tonight at 8:00 p.m. in Rocanville.

“The games have been really, really close,” said Jonas Thompson with the Ochapowace Thunder. “They came to our barn and we lost by a goal. Then we went to their barn and we lost by a couple of goals. So the games have been close.”

Rocanville went undefeated during the regular season this year but found out play-off hockey is a lot different and was forced to the brink by a tough Bredenbury team in last week’s semi-final that went the full five games.

“Mind you now the season’s towards the end and we got all the guys back together now,” said Thompson. “Our chances look a lot better than they did through the regular season.”

He says the team needs to get into the playoff mindset and be ready to play to be successful against Rocanville.

The Tigers finished the season with the top three scorers in the league led by Ryan Regal, something that is not lost on Thompson.

“I think if we play our lines right and match them up good and (then we can) contain his talents,” said Thompson. “As a player who’s a threat out there, we got to get on him for sure.”

Thompson says many of the players who play in the Triangle Hockey League have SJHL, MJHL, Junior B and Midget AAA experience.

“There’s a handful of guys on our team that played at that level for sure,” said Thompson. “It’s really good hockey.”

Game two of the series will be in Ochapowace on Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.

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