NEW GLASGOW – With five regular season games remaining, the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers want to win at least three of those games to put them in a good seed entering the playoffs.
The team hopes to kick off their remainder of the season with wins this weekend, but will have a tough test against the current first place team in the league, the Breton Sport Cougars. Coming off three tough losses at the Spud tournament in Charlottetown over the weekend, head coach Richard White said the team’s biggest struggle is still playing consistently for the entirety of their 50-minute games.
“Two of our losses came from a mental lapse and breakdown for small portions of the games, but it cost us,” he said. “We played good hockey for the majority of the games, but continue to struggle with the consistent effort throughout the game, which is something we still need to work on.”
White said it comes down to the way the players prepare and focus prior to games and their focus in games. He said during games the team needs to be more even keel and not get too high or too low.
At this point in the season he said each player determines how mentally tough they are both before and during games.
“We’ve done presentations on mental preparation during the year, but that’s as much as you can do from a teaching perspective,” said White. “It needs to come from within each player. We used a lot of different ways to show the boys, using guys like Mike Cammalleri and how he visualized before games from a few years ago during the playoffs.”
This week the team is taking their mental preparation another step further. White said they’ll discuss what the players are doing before games and what they are talking about before games. He said players need to be discussing situations on the ice and how they will be working together on their lines during games.
This weekend Saturday night’s game starts at 7 p.m., while Sunday puck drop is at 12 p.m. Both games are at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium.
“We’re in tough this weekend, but with five games left we need to put the effort in,” said White. “We need three wins to have good playoff seeding and I believe that if we’re consistent we can compete with these teams and get those wins.”