It’s been a tremendous year so far for the Oklahoma City Blazers.
The Blazers are 37-6, which happens to not only be the best record in the Mid-Western Division, but is good for first in the entire Western States Hockey League as well.
“We have an older team with a lot of experience,” said Oklahoma City head coach Tyler Fleck. “We went into the year believing we could be one of the best teams. Our standards have been set high. We expect perfection and approach every game like we are pros.”
One of the keys to the Blazers’ success is defense. Oklahoma City is in the top seven in the WSHL with 115 goals allowed.
Goaltenders Filip Kostka and Ole Nilsen have shared time. Kostka has played in 27 games and Nilsen has seen action in 16 games. Kostka has made 619 saves and Nilsen has tallied 331.
“We have two goaltenders who are both big and who move very well,” Fleck said. “Our defense as a whole has played very well. We have good depth up front. The players are fast and skilled. We are a fairly well rounded team overall.”
Fleck said team chemistry has also been vital to the Blazers’ success.
“We brought in a lot of imports this year and it took time for the team to come together,” Fleck said. “The guys have really learned to play well as a team.”
Oklahoma City is no doubt a contender for the league title and Fleck is confident his team will be in the mix if it continues to play consistent hockey.
“Consistency is the big thing for us,” Fleck said. “We’ve been pretty consistent all year, only having a few hiccups along the way, but we feel like we can play even better. We want to peak at the right time and be in a position to compete for a title.”
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