The Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues have ten games remaining in the next five weeks to claim a top two finish in the Easton Conference of the Australian Ice Hockey League.
Currently the Blue Tongues sit in third spot three games behind the Adelaide Adrenaline with two games in hand.
This weekend the Blue Tongues travel south to take on Bauer Conference teams the Canberra Knights and Sydney Ice Dogs.
On Saturday the team plays Canberra who sit on the bottom of their conference, yet can never be underestimated in their home rink.
The team then backs up on Sunday to play the Sydney Ice Dogs who sit in second place in the Bauer Conference, and are looking good to make a final four appearance.
For the first time this season the Blue Tongues will take their number one line up on the road with all players available and healthy.
This should give the team plenty of confidence to get the job done. All three forward lines will be called upon to do their jobs over the two games.
The top scoring line of Adam Geric and imports Mike Mcrae and James Sanford will once again be the go to line to keep the score board ticking over.
Alex Hall returns from the sidelines after being out with sickness, and will slot into either the second or third line.
In Alex’s absence the second line including import Etienne Du Toit, Jeremy Brucker and Jonny Bale have also been finding the back of the net in recent games.
With the experience of Ross Howell and Marco Bertossa on the third line with either Alex Hall or one of the second line players the team is looking very balanced to tackle the two away games.
On defence, import Adam Blanchette, Greg Bay, Cam Trew and Ben Spillane have done a great job the last two games, and they will be strengthened this weekend with the availability of Perth based Casey Minson.
In goals Anthony Kimlin continues his return from a fully recovered injury, and will be supported by Alain Giauque over the weekend.
The biggest challenge the team has is not to get ahead of itself, and take the countdown to the finals one game at a time.
At the moment the team is not considered finals contenders, however the players are extremely confident in a record breaking finish that would have the top teams taking notice.
The next home games for the Blue Tongues are at Iceworld in Acacia Ridge on Friday August 3 and Saturday August 4, both starting at 10.30 PM.
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