Posted at: 02/10/2014 8:53 PM
Updated at: 02/11/2014 11:02 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
This season is not going how Virginia MIB had hoped. It's been even better.
"We've been winning the games that we need to win, and pulling out some high clutch ones that we didn't expect to win," said Travis Kemp, Virginia MIB senior wing.
"It's really good. We weren't sure how we were going to be coming into this season," said Colton Anderson, Virginia MIB senior center. "We've surprised a lot of people."
Head coach Reed Larson says leadership has made all the difference.
"We've got a phenomenal group of seniors that have really impressed the conference and the section," Larson said. "So far we're excited, but we've definitely got some big games ahead of us."
The Blue Devils have exceeded even their own expectations. With a winning record going into the playoffs and a few key wins under their belt, Virginia MIB is feeling pretty good about their chances in Section 7A.
"That helps a great deal. It shows that we can beat anybody and when we set our mind to it we can do it," kemp said.
Seeding for the section tournament will be decided soon. But no matter how that plays out, Larson believes any team is capable of winning it all, including the Blue Devils.
"Realistically, we say that if we can make it to the section semifinals then anything can happen," Larson said. "Weird bounces happen in the section semifinals that find you in the finals and another weird bounce and a great goaltender can get you to the state tournament."
To get there, the team captains know what needs to go their way.
"Good defense and then getting the puck in the net when we have our opportunities," Kemp said.
"We need to start getting all the little things into position to play our best hockey and make sure we stay close as a team, and we'll go from there," Anderson said.