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02-14-2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by northvanman View Post
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.
I agree, it works both ways. It's a big advantage for us as the lower seed, but seems to hurt when we are the higher seed. We were pretty much unbeatable at home for the first few years of the program. Not sure on the exact numbers, but a home game feels like a lot less of a sure thing for us these days. I still wouldnt be worried one bit about not having "home ice" vs Western if we make it that far cause, as you said, that Game 1 has a good chance of going our way and is a huge momentum swing.

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