The Nelson Junior Leafs are gearing up for a double header this weekend with both the Princeton Posse and the Grand Forks Border Bruins making their way to Nelson Friday and Saturday respectively.
“We’re just getting prepared for the two games and I think we’re confident going into the weekend,” says Frank Maida, Leafs’ head coach.
“If we play our game, things will work out for us.”
The Leafs are coming off last weekend’s home-and-home split with the Spokane Braves, but Maida says they’re ready to bounce back.
“I think it was a couple things that came into play. We got in [Nelson] at 3:30 a.m. and back on the ice at 2 p.m. and I think we weren’t focused to play our game and they caught us off guard,” says Maida.
“I think we’re going to be focused and ready to go Friday and take one game at a time. Princeton is a good team and they’re big and we’ll have to definitely play our game against them.”
Maida added that utilizing their speed, playing low on their defence and keeping the puck in the Princeton zone are a few things that will help lead to the Leafs success in Friday’s game.
“Going into the playoffs we need of course everybody on board, but it’s really important for our leaders to lead, play our game and play every game,” says Maida.
“I think this weekend the boys will come out ready right off the hop.”
Both games start at 7 p.m. at the NDCC.