LEWISPORTE — It will be do or die for the playoff hopes of the Central Icepak this weekend.
The Major Midget team will be facing its toughest challenge of the season against the Tri-pen Lions with the Icepak looking to snap a six game losing streak.
Going into the final weekend of the season, the Icepak hold a slim one point advantage over the Lions with the lone three game series left to decide the final playoff spot in the Major Midget League.
It is mathematically possible for the Icepak to take third place in the league standings with a sweep of the Lions and three losses by the Western Storm, however, the goal of the Icepak right now is just to get into the playoffs.
The team has had some tough games this season with some very close finishes which could have made the Icepaks position a lot easier, but with the team improving each and every week, the Icepaks playoff hopes seem very realistic.
The Icepak will play the Lions in Placentia this Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., with Sundays game starting at 9:30. If the Icepak win two out of three games, they will lock up the fourth and final seed in the Major Midget Standings and will face the St. John's Privateers in the first round of the playoffs.
Much of the offense this season has come from their first line forwards Cody Drover and Alex Snow. Heading into this weekend, Drover has 29 goals and 21 assists while Snow has 21 goals and 27 assists. The point total for the two forwards makes up for 48 per cent of the total offense for the Icepak this season. The team will need a collective effort though in the remaining games if they are to make any noise in the playoffs as each of the four remaining teams are equally strong and will be poised to make a run for the post season.
After this weekend, the Icepak will travel to Clarenville from Feb. 2-5 for a showcase weekend in which each team will face off against each other in round robin action. This tournament will be an opportunity for scouts to get a good look at the talent on each team. The Major Midget playoffs are then scheduled for the middle of February.