MOB Ride Pontiacs To Second Round Of InterPipeline Playoffs

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MOB Ride Pontiacs To Second Round Of InterPipeline Playoffs

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons brought the brooms out as they completed their sweep of the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

After taking game one 3-2 in overtime, followed by a crushing 7-1 victory – the MOB wrapped up the series on the road last night with a big 3-2 win.

Reed Morrison notched a goal and an assist while Coy Prevost and Jared White scored to push the Barons to the second round of the AJHL’s InterPipeline Playoffs.

Head Coach Tom Keca tells Fort McMurray News each game in the series played out in their own individual way.

“The first game was very close, a double-overtime win for us. Game two we were fortunate enough to play really well and come out with a lopsided win and on Sunday, it was one of those games where play-wise and territorially, I thought we dominated but we were still fairly close on the scoreboard.”

Goalie Chris Curr won his third game since filling in for injured starter Eric Szudor – making 23 saves for the win.

With Bonnyville out of the way, the MOB get set to take on the team that bounced them from last year’s postseason – the Whitecourt Wolverines.

Keca knows with Curr on top of his game, goaltending will not be a concern heading into the 2nd series.

He tells Fort McMurray News the team hasn’t missed a beat since the rookie netminder took over starting duties for Szudor.

“That was maybe even a turning point for us,” Keca said. “He came in and made some huge saves and gave us the opportunity to win. Then he played well in games 2 and 3. Moving forward, we aren’t sure the extent of Eric’s injury but it’s a luxury to have as a coaching staff when it doesn’t matter what goaltender you put in.”

While vengeance would be great, Keca says they have not won anything yet and he knows they cannot take their Whitecourt rivals lightly.

“We’ll have to play 60 minutes every game. They’re a team that if you let your foot off the gas, even for a minute, they’ll make you pay. So, it should be a very exciting and entertaining series for all the fans.”

The Barons open their series with Whitecourt on Friday.

Start time for game 1 has not yet been determined.
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