Tigers captain Kyle McDonald led the Westman High School Hockey League in scoring with 21 goals and 52 points in 18 games.
There’s been a big target on the backs of the Neepawa Tigers all season, and it won’t be any different at the provincial AA high school hockey championship.
The Tigers have played all season with the distinction of being the two-time defending Westman High School Hockey League and the defending AA provincial champions. The Tigers feel they have gotten everyone’s best effort this season because of their reputation.
However, they have managed to endure by posting a 17-0-1 record in the Westman league’s regular season and a 4-1 record in the provincial qualifiers and playoffs.
Despite their success, Neepawa assistant coach Landon Cameron knows the provincial championship — which starts today in Carman — will be very tough.
"We’ve kind of hit a bit of a lull here lately," Cameron said. "… I think we just need to get back to what we were successful with during the regular season and tournament play we played this year; just playing our game, just skating and staying out of the penalty box."
Neepawa will look to get its offence going, as it netted 131 goals in the 18 regular-season games. Kyle McDonald led the league with 21 goals and 52 points in 18 games. Teammates Jesse Adams and Riley Kolesar added 41 and 38 points, respectively.
Neepawa will be in a pool with Boissevain and Notre Dame/Somerset/Westmount. Deloraine/Hartney, Major Pratt and Carman are in the other group. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals on Friday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 7, 2013