The Estevan Apex Bruins came out of the Christmas break in much the same way as they went into it – winning big against some of the best of their league.
The Bruins (16-7-2) won three in a row last weekend in South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League’s midget AA division, winning 4-3 over the first place Regina Rangers (17-7-2) Friday in Regina, and then coming home for a two-game sweep of the Prairie Storm Extreme Hockey, 8-2 Saturday and 5-3 Sunday.
The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the middle of the second period Sunday and slowly allowed Prairie Storm to creep back into the game one goal at a time.
“That happens partially in back to back games when you win the first game by a lot,” said Ulrich. “You jump out to an early lead in the second game and you think it’s going to be kind of the same. But you forget the reason you got those two leads is because you were playing good hockey and getting pucks on net and making strong plays.”
The Bruins kept focus enough after that lapse to win the game without too much stress, getting them within two points of the Rangers for first place in the league.
“When (Prairie Storm) scored that third one, we dug in and found a way to get back to our game,” said Ulrich.
The wins helped the team get off from the Christmas break on the right track.
“Coming into the weekend and taking three wins is huge for us,” Ulrich said. “Especially because there’s six teams in the league all packed at the top within a couple of points of each other.
Jaiden Gervais, who picked up two goals and six assists on the weekend, is the league’s leading scorer with 50 points.
“I’ve got to give all the credit to my linemates,” he said. “Dawson Schaff and Josh Romanyk are both just setting me up in the right places. We’re feeding off each other and luckily the puck’s going in for us.”
There’s also a second line with Kale Adams, Daymon Wanner and Dalton Shrader that has been performing well offensively as well.
“All the lines are clicking right now. In the dressing room, it’s a great environment. Everyone’s friends with everyone,” Gervais said. “It’s a great place to be.”
The Bruins’ next action is this weekend in Moose Jaw to take on the last-place Warriors (5-15-2-2) for a pair of games.