Posted at: 05/09/2014 10:37 PM
The Austin Bruins seem to be checking things off their to-do list.
Win the Central Division title? Check.
Beat Bismarck in the playoffs? Check.
Advance to the Robertson Cup finals? Check.
"There's just a whole different belief that everybody has in each other," Bruins starting goalie Nick Lehr said. "I haven't felt it like this before."
Austin is just two wins away from its first-ever national title, but the Bruins have to go through Fairbanks, a team that not only beat Austin twice during the regular season, but finished with the most points in the league.
"We've battled through everything. We've had injuries, and the last time we went to Alaska, we had three lines. We struggled up there," Bruins alternate captain Jay Dickman said.
"Injuries were definitely a part of it," Lehr said. "Right now, we've got a healthy team. The guys are confident. We're energetic after all these wins."
"Obviously, we've got to recognize the atmosphere there is crazy and wild, just like (Riverside Arena)," Dickman said. "We're clicking on all cylanders right now. We have everyone back. Everyone is healthy, so we're going to be ready to go."
Dickman and Lehr wrap up their Bruins careers this weekend, after spending more than three years with the team.
"To have the title with the Robertson Cup with this team in my final year, I don't even know what I would say," Lehr said.
"I wouldn't even be able to put it in words," Dickman said. "That would be the greatest feeling ever."
"It's just been a great experience. Austin has been great. The fans have been great," Lehr said. "It's just been a great place to live."