The Rosetown AAA Redwings kept their game-faces on this past weekend as they hit the ice for a pair of exhibition games.
On Saturday they took on a familiar team, the Lacombe Generals, who are set to host this year’s Allan Cup on April 8th. The Redwings pushed into over-time but fell short, losing to the Generals 4 to 3. Keegan McAvoy, head coach for the Redwings, said the game was a benefit for both teams to have game-like situations before heading into the Allan Cup.
Game two for the Redwings came on Sunday when they took on an all-star team comprised of some of Saskatchewan’s best senior players.
“They always do a great job bringing out some of the best players Saskatchewan has to offer and this year was no different,” said McAvoy.
The teams battled it out, however it was the Redwings that walked away with the win and a final score of 8 to 4.
McAvoy shared that the team will now get in a couple more practices before heading to Lacombe, Ab, for the Allan Cup, a championship Rosetown hosted just last year.
“We are looking forward to getting away from the hustle and bustle and the added stressors of hosting the cup. It will be good to just focus on the game,” said McAvoy.
Last year the Redwings were put out of the tournament in the quarterfinals and McAvoy stated it’s a one-and-done type of tournament, “a single period can cost you the Allan Cup, that’s what happened last year and that is something we are trying to avoid doing this year”.
The Redwings will see familiar jersey’s for their first game in the Allan Cup, they will face-off against the Innisfail Eagles, opponents they have faced many times throughout the regular season and a team. McAvoy proclaimed the Eagles are easily one of the toughest teams in the league, but they know what to expect and can draw on experience to bring their best right out of the gate.
If the Redwings beat the Eagles in Round 1 on Monday, they will be facing the defending Allan Cup Champions, the Stoney Creek Generals, on Wednesday April 10.