Fraser Cup playoffs

NA3HL Sheridan Hawks host Jr. Bruins for first-ever home playoff series


SHERIDAN — Two days before the North American 3 Hockey League Sheridan Hawks host the Missoula Jr. Bruins in the first round of the league’s Fraser Cup Playoffs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, if needed, assistant coach Chad Bailey skated at center ice as the Hawks lined the boards waiting to start another round of a 3-on-2 drill. Bailey reprimanded the players for not communicating when passing the puck and reminded the Hawks of the added significance this weekend’s games bring.

“Do you want this?” Bailey said, asking the Sheridan team how badly it wanted to win the NA3HL championship.

Half-hearted “yeah” and “yes” responses filled the Whitney Rink in the M&M’s Center.

“Do you want this?” Bailey asked again, louder and with more vigor.

A chorus of emphatic “yeah”s answered Bailey’s call to action, and the volume and frequency of players calling for the puck increased when making tape-to-tape passes in resumption of one of the final drills of practice.

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