The Ste. Anne Aces head off to Morden tonight to face the Bombers in game one of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's best-of-seven final.
"We're excited about it," said Aces captain Erik Leefe. "They're a highly skilled team. They got the leading scorers in the league so we're not sure exactly how we're going to shut them down but we're going to do our best."
Morden forwards Mike Rey and Adam Hughesman both finished with 42 points this season. Rey had scored 25 goals and 17 assists while Hughesman had 19 goals and 23 helpers.
Leefe says to be successful they have to play fast and get hard on the forecheck.
"We're a physical team so we're just going to try and use our bodies to wear them down and get pucks to the net."
The Bombers eliminated the defending SEMHL champion Warren Mercs three games to one in their best-of-five semifinal while the Aces swept the Portage Islanders in three straight in the other series.
The Ste. Anne captain says his teammates are very eager to start the final after knocking off the first place Islanders.
"We're very confident. All three games were close at the end. We're excited that we can keep pace with anybody and we're never out of it."
Leefe adds there are no concerns with all the time off the team has had since winning game three of their second round series over Portage back on February 26th at Stride Place.
"The rest is good. A lot of us are really old so we needed it," chuckled the veteran Aces defenseman. "We were pretty banged up after that series with the Islanders. There was lots of hitting and we welcome the rest. We're ready to go now."
The opening face-off tonight is at 8 p.m.
Game two is set for Sunday afternoon (3:15 p.m.) in Ste. Anne.