Budget and MEPCO showdown

For history to repeat itself would
mean a bad case of déjà vu for the Budget Beavers.

Last season the WestTel Adult
Hockey League dynamos were ahead of the pack throughout most of the season.
Then a number of late season hiccups cost them a chance at the regular season
title.

The exact same thing could happen
this year. Atop the standings during the last nine weeks, Budget is now in a
must-win situation to claim their bragging rights.

At 7-2 Budget is just a game ahead
of the 6-3 MEPCO High Rollers (last year’s regular and post-season champions).

Both are in action on Tuesday May 4
at the WestTel arena of Kings Sports Centre. At 8pm Budget face a wholly improved
CDMS Islanders team before MEPCO battle a rejuvenated Barracudas side at 9pm.

MEPCO started the season at just
1-2 and struggled in third place for a few weeks. Recently the side has been on
fire, beating Budget and CDMS (on a number of occasions).

Last week the High Rollers claimed an
11-8 victory over the Beavers. Meanwhile CDMS dropped a heartbreaker to the Barracudas
8-7 via a penalty shootout. CDMS is now 3-5-1 while the Barracudas are 2-6-1.

On paper the key for MEPCO has been
the play of Eric Mildenberger and goalie John Cowan. Mildenberger has been one
of the top scorers this year with 19 goals, six assists and 25 points. Cowan
meanwhile has been a wall in net saving 82.1 percent of the shots he has faced
while allowing under 10 goals in every game he has played.

Throughout the second half of the
season another star has been Wolfgang Brocklebank. A noted marksman the last
few years, Brocklebank has come on strong scoring six goals in the last four
games. He is now second on the team with 12 goals.

All will need to be on point against
a Barracudas team that has rattled off two wins in the last three weeks (over
MEPCO and CDMS). In the victory against the High Rollers, Mark Thompson had two
goals while Eric Lacasse had two assists.

Throughout the season Lacasse, Brad
Galbraith and Reilly Novak have been the difference makers for the Barracudas.
All have 16 points with Galbraith leading the team with nine assists while
Novak has been the top scorer with 13 goals (Lacasse has eight assists and
eight goals).

Kings Athletic Director Ray Singh
gave his assessment of Tuesday’s matches and the season on a whole.

“Given
the updated stats if Budget loses and MEPCO win on Tuesday, MEPCO will take
over first place due to head-to-head records.  CDMS and Barracudas cannot
change place regardless of a win or loss since CDMS is ahead in head-to-head.

“The
season has been very quick and the playoffs have snuck up on us.  There
was a lot more parody within the league this season. Although two teams emerged
as the more dominant, by no means are they a sure win in the playoffs. 

“The
Barracudas and CDMS are hungry for their first title and it should make for a
very intense and competitive battle for the Cherry Cup.”

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