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Royals forward Matt Colbourne believes speed will be a factor in final against Jets

Adam Hillier of the Corner Brook Royals defends against Jonathan McCarthy during a West Coast Senior Hockey League game at the Corner Brook Civic Centre earlier this year.
Adam Hillier of the Corner Brook Royals defends against Jonathan McCarthy during a West Coast Senior Hockey League game at the Corner Brook Civic Centre earlier this year.

Brad Lucas can have a conversation about tickets at any time during his work day because he probably issued a few for speeding since he became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

But, this week, most people are excited about tickets.

Hockey tickets that is.

That’s the buzz word in the Stephenville area this week as Lucas and his Stephenville Jets play host to the Corner Brook Royals in the West Coast Senior Hockey League final game Friday 8:30 p.m. at the Stephenville Dome.

“There is quite a buzz around town about the hockey and I’ve had a dozen or so calls from people wondering how they can get tickets,” Lucas said Wednesday.

Lucas is looking forward to hitting the ice and his only wish is that the players treat the fans to a great game of hockey.

The Jets won first place in the 12-game abbreviated season, while the Royals finished second in the standings after sealing the second spot with a 5-0 win over the Jets in the second last game of the regular schedule.

Lucas knows his team will have to be ready to contain the fleet-footed Royals, who are a much younger team than the Jets, who have a number of seasoned veterans filling out the roster.

“They are a young team compared to us so we got to try and keep up with them and contain them,” he said.

That speed he talks about is what Royals forward Matt Colbourne believes will be a key factor in the outcome of the final.

“Keep using our speed and just working hard and not taking a shift off really,” Colbourne said.

Colbourne likes how the Royals have meshed as a group down the stretch, winning three in a row with a number of key players taken off the team’s roster after league officials deemed Jonathan Guy, Matt Roache and Ryan Hawco weren’t eligible players under the league rules.

He also pointed out that the Royals won’t be taking the Jets lightly given the fact they won first place and have home-ice advantage in a one-game, winner-takes-all showdown.

“We’re going in with confidence, but we’re also going in with the same sort of drive that we came in with every game of the season,” he said.

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