(Scott) The IceHogs have one lone championship banner in the rafters at the BMO. That was hung nine years ago by the old UHL version of the franchise.
To earn one of those takes a little luck and a whole lot of perseverance because playoff hockey is a whole different level of hockey.
“You can see by the NHL playoffs it’s competitive. It’s hard. They play hard. It’s fast. You have to be willing to take a hit and give a hit and you have to be able to bring it every game,” says IceHogs coach Ted Dent.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that the pace is going to get ramped up. It’s do or die now,” says center Jake Dowell.
The Hogs had their ups and downs this season, but they ended playing some of their best hockey of the season. They won their final there games and they outscored their opponents in those games 13-2.
“We played the way we wanted to this weekend. It’s definitely given us a lot of momentum going forward,” says center Vince Hinostroza. “We’re really excited for Wednesday and Thursday, and we’re going to keep everything we’ve got going on.”
Most of the IceHogs have playoff experience under their belts. This team went two rounds deep last year.
“It’s great to get that experience last year and win a round and go through some adversity against Grand Rapids,” says Dent. “For the players that have lived it and been here it’s not new. It’s not something we’ve never been through before.”
“Everybody is excited for the end of the year,” says Dowell. I think up and down the lineup we’ve got as deep of a roster as I think you can find at this level. We’re gong to take full advantage of that.”
Wednesday’s game and Thursday’s game will begin at 7 p.m. at the BMO.