The Crusaders hit the ice again on Saturday night to finish off their first back to back homestand of the postseason. The team came up big last game in Sherwood Park Arena, finding a way to put four goals past the sensational Chris Curr; delivering a 4-0 victory on the backs of the team’s star players.
The Oil Barons lost the first game in their first-round playoff series against the Grande Praire Storm and still managed to come away with a 3-1 series win. So by no means is this time for the Crusaders to let up, as they are going to find themselves playing a motivated Oil Barons team that knows they are more than capable of coming back to win the series.
The Crusaders success is going to be riding on their ability to get pucks past Curr, which they were able to last night, but this is still a goaltender that has the talent to steal games on any given night. They also have to continue to keep the Oil Barons top players off the scoreboard. Reed Morison has now gone five playoff games without a goal, but the AJHL’s leading goal scorer in the regular season still possesses a dynamic skill set that can and will create dangerous scoring opportunities if left unaccounted for in the Crusaders defensive zone.
With that said, as long as the Crusaders top players continue to roll the Oil Barons are going to find themselves in a fight for their lives to take a win away from a group that is on a mission to become the most successful Crusaders team in Sherwood Park history.
Here’s how game two rolled out: