Sabres vying for home-ice advantage

After 48 regular-season games, the Fort Frances Jr. Sabres and Schreiber Diesels are deadlocked in a fourth-place tie in the SIJHL.
And as luck would have it, the two teams are scheduled to square off here tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. to close out the season and determine who will clinch home-ice advantage for their upcoming quarter-final series.
With both games taking place at the Ice for Kids Arena, the Sabres are hoping local fans can have an impact on the outcome by forming a sea of white in the stands.
Sabres’ supporters are being asked to wear white jackets, shirts, hoodies, sweaters, or whatever else they can get their hands on, to form a “whiteout” at the arena.
Of course, if you can’t find a white shirt, the solution is simple: swing a white towel.
The top two teams in the SIJHL—the Dryden Ice Dogs and Fort William North Stars—clinched first-round byes.
The Thunder Bay Bearcats, meanwhile, have clinched third place, meaning they’ll face the sixth-place Thunder Bay Bulldogs in one quarter-final series.
The other series will pit the Sabres against Schreiber—with this weekend’s regular-season wrap-up determining which team gets home-ice advantage.
The Sabres hold the edge over the Diesels in their season series so far, compiling a 3-2-1 record over the defending league champions, with two of their three wins coming here at home.
In fact, the Sabres have complied a slightly better-than-average home record this season, going 12-9-2 at the Ice for Kids Arena.
The Diesels, on the other hand, are under .500 on the road, posting a 9-13-1 record coming into this weekend’s showdown.