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Trojans' eyes on Survivor Series

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The PCI Trojans finished their regular season Friday night against Morden. Their sights are now set on Survivor Series game with Garden Valley Sunday afternoon. (file photo)

The PCI Trojans finished their regular season Friday night against Morden. Their sights are now set on Survivor Series game with Garden Valley Sunday afternoon. (file photo)

It all comes down to just one game.

The Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans finished off their Zone 4 Hockey League regular season Friday night when the boys lost 10-2 to the Morden Thunder to officially end the year in last place, but the boys still have a shot at playoffs when they face Garden Valley in a one-game Survivor Series Sunday afternoon.

“We have a good group of guys that always came to the rink ready to play hockey, but what it ultimately came down to too many mental lapses throughout the season,” says Trojans head coach, Brendan Schaan. “When we beat Morden and Pembina we played really good hockey, and we have a lot of talent, so it can get frustrating. We’ve got a shot at playoffs Sunday through so we need to leave it all out there.”

The Trojans struggled to get any consistency going this season as they spent most of the season on the wrong side of the scoresheet. The games where everyone did decide to put forth a full effort were the games PCI won but with just four wins on the season, that effort was hard to come by. Two of those games came recently as the boys dropped Morden 6-4 in January before taking out the Pembina Tigers in their fundraiser game for Central Plains Cancer Services.

One shining light for PCI this season has been the stellar play of Grade 10 goaltender Jayden Pashe. The young goalie regularly faces over 35 shots per game and continues to do his best to keep the puck out of the net. Portage will be losing six Grade 12’s at the end of the season and the seniors will be leaned on hard to carry the team through the Survivor Series game against the Zodiacs.

Portage Collegiate and Garden Valley get going at high noon Sunday. The winner will move on to the Zone 4 Hockey League Playoffs while the loser’s season will come to an end.


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