The MEPCO High Rollers are in great shape heading into this weekend.
After winning the regular season national men’s hockey title and coasting by the Barracudas in the semi-finals MEPCO are on the verge of more glory.
That is because the squad beat the Budget Beavers Tuesday night 7-6 in overtime in game one of the Cherry Cup finals.
Among the people donning skates for MEPCO was Rob Seward, the manager at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.
The Colorado native was a forward for the club taking face-offs and attacking the wing with his athletic 5’7 frame.
Seward said Tuesday’s match was a fun one.
‘It was great, everyone played hard and it was a lot of fun. It was some fast-paced hockey out there.’
Throughout the season much has been of the team’s phenomenal goalie John Cowan (who had 108 saves, allowed 26 goals and had a league-best 75.9 save percentage) and overall defense (which allowed a league-low 58 goals).
However Seward says many team-mates had a hand in the squad’s success in and before the playoffs.
‘Wolfgang Brocklebank was our leading scorer this season (with 21 goals) and he has certainly stepped up. Ryan MacMillan and Eric Mildenberger were great in defense.
‘On Tuesday Tim Courtis came through for us with the winning goal and Darryl Hather was a great captain with sound leadership, as always.’
From here the team is set to take on Budget in game two on Sunday at 9am on the WestTel Arena of Kings Sports Centre.
As Seward says a victory then is anything but an afterthought.
‘On Sunday it will be hard to win again. I’m expecting Budget to offer a hard match and tough hockey. I’m sure they’ll want to get after us so all in all it should be a good game.’