The success of the Connecticut Oilers is reminding coach Eric Lind of his playing days at the University of New Hampshire when he helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of appearances in the Frozen Four.
One thing Lind remembers about those teams is how close knit they were and he believes the Oilers possess the same trait.
"You have to have that family, that brotherhood, together," Lind said Saturday night after the Oilers clinched a spot in the Eastern Hockey League finals with a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Little Flyers. "I can't say enough about their effort."
The best-of-five series will match the fifth-seeded Oilers against the third-seeded Northern Cyclones, the defending EHL champions who are making their third straight appearance in the finals.
As of Sunday afternoon, the EHL had not yet released the finals schedule.
"It's been a phenomenal ride and obviously now we're focused on the finals," Lind added. "This series (against the Little Flyers) is over now, (but) we're not done. Now we have to get ready for the next series."