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Playoff push begins now for Oregon Tradesmen Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 13 Feb 2021  
By: Scott Ludwig

With 15 games remaining in the regular season schedule, the Oregon Tradesmen (12-13-0-0) know that opportunity to make an impact during postseason begins now. The team also know how quickly that opportunity could slip away.

With COVID-19 restrictions in Dade County, the Tradesmen have found themselves without a "home" rink this entire season. Playing as the home team in an opponents rink or traveling to Janesville or Monroe to host a game has added another stress in what is already a long Junior hockey season.

Since the new calendar year Oregon have a 4-5-0-0 record which has seen the team slip down the NA3HL Central standings. The Tradesmen are now tied for third with the St. Louis Jr. Blues (11-11-2-0) with both teams chasing the Rochester Grizzlies and Peoria Mustangs.

With each game being a divisional matchup putting together even a short win streak can mean moving up the standings. A victory not only secures two points, but insures your divisional rival gets zero.

Veteran head coach Don Babineau has seen plenty of ups-and-downs over the years and remains optimistic.

"We have the guys here to make a run," said Babineau. "It's a long season and being on the road all the time is tough; but not an excuse. The players need to decide how much they want it."

With six weeks remaining in the regular season much has yet to be decided. A top four finish - and playoff birth - is within reach, but not decided.

The Tradesmen are back in action tonight in Wausau. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:10 PM streaming live on HockeyTV.

Author: Scott Ludwig

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