It’s pretty much a do-or-die game for the Edmonton Oil Kings, down 2-0 in their WHL finals series against the Portland Winterhawks. These next two games at home are pivotal for the club, who’s looking to even things up tonight and tomorrow night with wins in games three and four.
Head Coach Derek Laxdal says if his team wants to even things up heading back to Portland, they’ll need to do so as a unit.
“I think it’s got to be a band of brothers,” Laxdal said. “It has to have that band-of-brothers approach. It’s not going to be one player, it’s not going to be Tristan Jarry, it’s not going to be Henrik Samulsson. It has to be 20 guys believing in the same direction tonight and that was the message in the meeting this morning. We have to make sure we step up. We’re not going to win the game in the first minute, we’re not going to lose the game in the first minute so go out and play, get your feet wet, don’t just dip your toes in, jump right in.”