The Bonnyville Pontiacs have their biggest test of the season upcoming Saturday night where they take on the number one ranked team in all of Canadian Junior A hockey, the Brooks Bandits, but that hasn’t stopped the team from having a little fun to promote it.
They released a video on their Facebook page spoofing the controversial leaked Uber footage of Ottawa Senators players with Grayson Constable, Lucas Thorne, Colby Muise, and Noah Lugli.
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Last week, footage was leaked from an Uber driver who was driving Ottawa Senators players. They were criticizing the assistant coach and the team’s penalty kill.
Colby Muise made 19 saves and the Pontiacs offense clicked early on the road in Lloydminster to win 3-0 against the lowly Bobcats.
The win puts the Yaks back in first place with 34 points (17-5) in the North Division after the Sherwood Park Crusaders (15-4-2) briefly passed them.
Marc-Antoine Benoit, Daine Dubois, and Trey Thomas are clicking together as the hottest Yaks line right now, which is getting them exposure with schools across the border. Benoit has also moved into 8th in league scoring with 12 goals and 12 assists.
“They’re dynamic,” Coach Rick Swan. “They’re the ones right now that are surging ahead and really putting a challenge to our other lines to make sure they can exceed or match, not only the success they’re getting, but the work ethic,” said Swan.
The Brooks Bandits only have two losses all season, so learning the lessons from their games against a fellow South Division team like Okotoks Oilers, who’ve beaten them twice, is important said Swan.
“We’ve got to be smart with our angles and we have to eliminate their second wave off the rush, and that means we’ve got to have our guys committed to our forecheck, and show discipline to our routes on our forecheck,” said Swan.
“And make sure we get four back before they get three in our zone. Then we’re picking up their second wave, because they jump in four guys into the attack.”
Swan is hinting that forwards Isaac Saniga and Ethan Leyer could be coming back into the lineup after injury. Brendan Morrow is also back after breaking his hand.
That means tough decisions on who will have to sit.
“We’ve got to make roster decisions, and those roster decisions are going to based upon those guys who are actually putting them effort on a day-to-day basis on who’s getting in. That’s a really healthy situation for our team and a challenge to our coaches to make sure our guys are earning everything that they get,” he said.
Saturday’s game against Brooks is the first of a four game homestand.
They play the Grande Prairie Storm on Tuesday, the Drayton Valley Thunder next Saturday, and then the following Tuesday against the Camrose Kodiaks.