John Antulov laid out his team’s dire-straits playoff scenario after a 3-2 loss to the hometown Victoria Vikes on Saturday, the TRU WolfPack’s second defeat of the weekend.
“We have put ourselves in a position where we have to run the table and, hopefully, get some results going the other way,” Antulov told TRU Sports Information.
Daniel Sagno and Marco Favaro bulged the old onion bag for TRU on Saturday in support of goalkeeper Jackson Gardner.
The UBC Okanagan Heat will play host to TRU (3-5-4) on Thursday in Kelowna, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. The rematch will get underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hillside Stadium.
TRU, which was thumped 5-0 by UBC last Friday in Vancouver, has slipped into last place in the seven-team Pacific Division. The top four teams in the division, sorted by winning percentage, will qualify for the post-season.
UBC Okanagan (6-5-3) is fourth and will be keen to wrap up a post-season berth with victories over the Pack, who will likely have to leapfrog the UNBC Timberwolves (4-6-3), Fraser Valley Cascades (3-4-4) and the Heat to snare an unlikely spot in the playoffs.
The WolfPack will conclude regular-season play with matches against UNBC in Prince George on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.
“We still have a fighting chance and we will make sure we have the players ready to go Thursday against UBCO,” Antulov said.
Justin Donaldson of Kamloops, the Pack's only graduating player, will play one last time at Hillside Stadium on Saturday.