Coach Shawn Brinsky didn’t beat around the bush when it came to the challenge the Trackers will be facing. The team will have their hands full in every game they take part in.
“We’re going to be playing the who’s who of tier one hockey. We’re going to be playing some of the most skilled 16 and 17 year olds in the province. It’s going to be a test, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Just as the season has worked out I would have preferred to have had a little bit more time to work as a group but our motto is ‘no excuses’ so I’m not going to make one there,” he said.
The key for remaining competitive against teams like Nanaimo, Burnaby, and Kelowna is to keep the game plans basic and to focus on the execution.
“We’re a fast team. We’re a physically large and strong team. We have those key ingredients. You can’t teach size and we have that. Not just size but we have strength on skates and speed and those are two intangibles you need to have success,” Brinsky explained. “If we can utilize that to our advantage we should do okay. We’re just going to have to keep our game simple and not overcomplicate our defensive and offensive play and we’ll let the chips fall where them may.”
The Trackers will open the tournament on Friday against Burnaby and will play in a minimum of four games over the duration of the round robin.