Whether the Wichita Wings find themselves at home, as they are for the next two games, or on the road, as they will be for the final five games of the regular season, the wins need to start coming.
Because if they don’t, it could very well mean a second straight season at the bottom of the MISL standings — and home watching the playoffs.
Five straight losses from the Wings heading into Saturday night’s game against Rochester has done little to instill much confidence that things can turn around.
But if they do, it will likely need to start with Wichita’s final home stand. The Wings host Baltimore on Friday.
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“We have to take each game one at a time, we need to steal some wins on the road, where we haven’t played very well this year,” Wichita’s Kevin Ten Eyck said. “We have to find it somewhere in our hearts to fight and get some wins to get us back in playoff contention.”
The Wings are 1-8 on the road but still control their own destiny with seven games left and trailing Chicago by two games for the final playoff spot. Wichita’s only road win came on Dec. 8 at Syracuse.
“In some regards, knowing exactly what we have to do makes it easier, simply because our destiny is in our own hands,” coach LeBaron Hollimon said. “Having the knowledge that at the end of the day, if we make it, we can congratulate ourselves, is important. If we don’t, we have no one to blame but ourselves.”
The Wings’ biggest problem of late has been not just losing, but losing close games. Their last three losses have all come by three points or less.
“That’s a mentality, for some reason, that we’ve adopted,” Hollimon said. “Close enough just isn’t good enough.”