All season long the CDMS Islanders
were one of the under-dogs of local hockey. Based on their playoff form so far,
they are arguably the favourites to claim the championship.
A bottom tier team for years, CDMS
were in contention for second place for most of the 2010 WestTel Adult Roller
Hockey League regular season. In the playoffs the Islanders took down the
heavily favoured Budget Beavers at the WestTel arena of Kings Sports Centre.
With game two of the Cherry Cup
finals on Tuesday May 25 at 9pm against fourth place surprise the Barracudas
(who beat defending champs the MEPCO High Rollers) many players feel momentum
is on their side. Among them is defenseman and team captain Patrick Bourque.
“I’m feeling excited to get started
and looking forward to playing and putting in a good effort,” Bourque said.
“It’s nice to have advanced for the first time in a few years but we are not
‘just happy to be here.’ We want to win! I like our chances and I think we’ll
put in a good effort.”
Stats-wise the Islanders have the
edge with one of the league’s most dynamic scoring tandems in rookie Ben Rivard
(a team-high 19 assists) and Pete Holowchuk (a team-high 13 goals).
That offensive firepower is not lost
on Bourque and he says many other players have stepped up as well.
“Well, we’ve always had some fire
power in the line-up but our recent success really lies in the fact that we’ve
played really well as a team as of late,” Bourque said. “Everyone seems to be
doing the little things to win. Paul Peene and Jean Louis Beaudet have been
vital at digging for the puck and creating some traffic in front of the net.
Dave Champoux, Ben and Pete have been great on defence for us with their long
reaches and big shots. Let’s not forget our goalie Nigel Windsor, he stopped 38
shots in the semi-finals and made some huge saves on breakaways to keep us in
Ultimately Bourque does not
overlook the drive of the Barracudas. Part-time goalie Jeremy Olynik made a ton
of saves against MEPCO and unsung hero Colin Wilson notched an assist to back
up Jason Windsor and his two goals and one assist. As Bourque states the
Barracudas have a lot of dangerous players.
“We have to watch out for Colin who
likes to drop his gloves any chance he gets and Reilly (Novak) who is another
good player with some jump. Windsor and
Jeff Danter are both scoring threats on defence, but we’ve got our own weapons
and based on the season series, I think we still have the edge.”