Wednesday I watched a AAA midget game between Cornwall and Charlottetown. It was one of those long standing rivalry games where both teams were prepared, battled every shift, and brought the best out in each other. The game was won from an offensive zone face off win with less than 20 seconds remaining in overtime.
Thursday it was Acadie Bathurst visiting the PEI Rocket. Again, an intense game with a couple miscues and missed scoring opportunities that made the difference.
Friday in Fredericton saw SMU, the defending CIS team, visit UNB, the #1 ranked CIS team in Canada. You bet there was passion and old time hockey played between these teams.
Saturday has St.FX at UNB, and Sunday it will be major junior hockey with Moncton at the Rocket.
Common elements—positioning for the playoffs, a heightened competitiveness from every player, high level play throughout each shift in every game, great coaching, and happy hockey fans.