by Stephen Dafoe
The Morinville Kings have spent the last day scrambling players, a bus and potential ice time to finish the round one series of NCHL playoffs.
A decision to end the series at three games due to a weather-cancelled game was overturned Monday night.
Kings President Wayne Gatza said Westlock made the motion, seconded by Devon and carried by the league to play Games 4 and 5 prior to the weekend. Any team unwilling to cooperate would forfeit series.
“All day yesterday we had to rally to make sure we had players to go,” Gatza said Wednesday morning, adding they had to scramble to book a bus and book potential ice time for Game 5. “There’s a lot of boys that are unhappy.”
The Kings stood at 2-1 in the best-of-five series when Gatza announced the series was given to the Kings due to the cancelled game.
Game 4 will be played in Slave Lake Wednesday night. If the Kings win on the road, the series ends. A loss would see the Kings play the decider on home ice Friday night at 9:15 p.m.
A win on the road or at home would put the Kings up against the Devon Barons Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. at home.