Jaden Janzen

Jaden Janzen

Luckies game determines playoffs

The Luckies' fight to get into CIHL playoffs came down to this past weekend when Luckies played Kitimat and Prince Rupert.

The Luckies’ fight to get into CIHL playoffs came down to this past weekend when Luckies played Kitimat Ice Demons and Prince Rupert Rampage.

Last Wednesday, Luckies Coach Ambrose Kelly, who took over as coach in late November, said that he thinks chances are pretty good the Luckies will make playoffs.

Luckies sat at eighth place before the weekend, two points above Prince Rupert Rampage, and they needed two ties or at least one win to keep eighth place and make playoffs.

Kelly says playoffs start Jan. 26 and if the Luckies make playoffs, their first game will likely be in Houston against Smithers.

Asked how the season went overall, Kelly says that though the record doesn’t show it, they played pretty well.

“The games we have lost have only been by one or two goals all year, so as our record shows we have only four wins but other than that we actually played pretty good this year,”  he said.

The youth and the goaltending were strengths for the Luckies this season, said Kelly.

“We had a lot of young guys this year and then we have three goalies,” said Kelly, adding that most teams only have one strong goalie.

Doubtless the weekend brought some heat on the ice, especially as Luckies faced Prince Rupert, going head to head for the playoff spot.