The Hamilton Bulldogs say they are a better team than the one that opened the Mastercard Memorial Cup with a last-second 3-2 loss to the host Regina Pats.
They will try to avenge that loss Friday night on Brandt Centre ice when the two teams meet in the semi-final with the winner moving on to play Acadie-Bathurst Sunday in the final.
Sam Steel has had a tremendous tournament as he goes into the game as the event’s top scorer with 11 points.
The Regina captain says after an emotional win Wednesday to eliminate their provincial rivals–the Swift Current Broncos, it was nice to have a day off and re-focus on the task at hand.
“Getting a day off to rest the body and the mind was good.” Steel told reporters Thursday. “It’s good to get a day off and recuperate.”
Teammate Jake Leschyshyn is looking forward to playing what is the biggest game of his career. He says the Memorial Cup has been a tremendous experience and is one that he and his team don’t want to see end Friday night.
“It’s a good feeling in the room. We’re a confident group.” Leschyshyn said. “Everyone believed in each other coming into the tournament even though we had a lot of time off. We knew we could play in this tournament and be as good as the other three.”
In the other room, the Bulldogs say they are a different team than the one that faced the Pats in the tournament opener.
“The first time we played against Regina we were a little flat and it showed” forward Ryan Moore stated, “We’re a different team and we’re confident now and we’ve just got to stick to our game plan.”
Game time is 8 PM. 620 CKRM will have it for you starting with Les Lazaruk, Al Dumba and Kelly Remple with the pre-game show at 7.
Sunday’s final starts at 5. Because of the Riders game in Edmonton, the final will be heard on our sister station–the WOLF 104.9 starting at 4.