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02-14-2013, 06:16 AM
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northvanman
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Originally Posted by blackmarketmob View Post
When Kelly Nobes was coach at Laurier, he was adamant that he much preferred Lakehead having "home ice" advantage in the playoffs. Similar to you, he felt the opportunity to go up 1-0 and then only win one of the next possible 2 on the road was easier, then coming back down 1-0, and having to win two back to back.
Lakehead's advantage playing at home, especially in the playoffs, has been huge over the years. Since they entered the league in 2001/02, they have met Western 6 times in the playoffs when Western finished higher than them in the standings. and Lakehead has won that first home game all six times, including in 01/02 when Western went 22-0-2 during the regular season and in 02/03 when Western went 24-0-0 during the regular season. The 'Wolves went on to win 4 out these 6 series. I agree that a team's best shot against Lakehead in the playoffs is when Lakehead has the 2 home games and the series starts in your own rink.

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