BOZEMAN – The Bozeman Icedogs are moving on in the NW3HL playoffs. They held a practice session at 7:30 Thursday morning and then took off for Cody, Wyoming and their playoff game Saturday night against the conference champion, Yellowstone Quake.
After beating Missoula last weekend, the Icedogs have moved to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. Veteran Leo Miller, knows what the difference is this year. “We’re really just putting our nose to the grindstone this year, really working hard. Whatever we don’t have in skill, we’re making up in hard work and passion. It’s worked out for us really well this year.”
Head Coach, Mark Vichorek, has seen big improvements as the season progressed. “We finally took a bit from the beginning of the year for us to become more consistent in the way that we’re doing things. And you know, we’ve done that down the stretch. we had a six game stretch where we weren’t playing very well. We got organized a little. I changed some things with what we were doing. We became pretty consistent on it and now we’ve been on a roll pretty much here lately, and I think the kids have bought into here at the right time of the year. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish and I think that’s the biggest thing. They bought in so far at the end of the year.”