The Junior "A" Delta Islanders kick off their bestof-five semi final playoff series against the New Westminster Salmonbellies tomorrow night at the Ladner Leisure Centre.
Islanders head coach Shaun Springett said he feels the teams match up very evenly.
"Going into it we have a lot of confidence, but we're not cocky," he said. "We know we're young and we have a lot of stuff to prove."
Delta received a first round bye while New Westminster knocked out Victoria in two straight in their quarter-final series.
Staying out of the penalty box will be key for the Islanders, Springett said. He noted that his squad doesn't give up too many even strength goals but when the team does take penalties, they seem to come at inopportune times.
Springett mentioned the team's graduating players are very, very driven this season. "The motivation of those third year kids, I think is one big factor that's going to be huge for us."
In terms of health, Springett said the entire group was able to practice earlier in the week.
"Everybody's ready to go."
He's hoping for a big fan turnout for the playoffs.
"They've been great so far, I just hope it keeps up."
The Islanders went undefeated (two wins and a tie) against the Salmonbellies during the regular season.
The series resumes Monday in New Westminster and shifts back to Ladner on Wednesday.
All games are scheduled for 8 p.m.