Winners often carry themselves with a swagger and bravado. This confidence has been known to carry teams to championships just as often as it has been the precursor to a fall.
As the top seeded team heading into the Tier 1 playoffs, North Vancouver has every reason to be feeling good about themselves, but Coach Dan Cioffi has his team focused on humility.
“We treat every team we play against like they’re the best team in the league,” said Cioffi.
North Vancouver begins its PCAHA Midget A1 playoffs against a Burnaby Winter Club team that they have not faced since early in the season. BWC finished well back of North Vancouver in the standings, but Coach Cioffi’s team knows that points in the standing mean nothing at this juncture of the season.
“They have a very solid club and do all the little things right,” said Cioffi. “We’ll treat this game like we treat every game. It’s a great accomplishment to have won (the banner) but it means that everyone is gunning or you, so we have to be ready.”
North Vancouver surprised many people en route to their first place finish, which was only secured when 2nd place Langley and Cloverdale tied in the final game of the regular season.
“I was at the Langley game and it was a pretty nerve racking last seven minutes as they pushed for the win, even pulling their goalie in the final moments,” said Cioffi.
North Vancouver will look to reproduce their regular season success and make a deep run in the playoffs. Their single game knockout matchup against BWC will be played at the Harry Jerome Rec Centre on Monday at 8:15pm.