Boston Leier knows he going to have to put up a few points in Saskatoon, or he is going to hear about from his older sister.
Boston and his Medicine Hat Tigers teammates are in his hometown tonight and Wednesday to face the Blades in Games 3 and 4 of the WHL playoff series. The Tigers lead the series 2-0.
Brooklyn Leier has finished up her third year playing defence with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s soccer team. She picked up four assists in 14 regular season games in this past campaign, and Boston knows he is going to hear about it, if he gets shut out by the Blades.
“She might give me a hard time, if I don’t get any (points),” said Leier with a chuckle. “I guess I will really have to bear down, so she doesn’t have the last laugh.”
The good-natured jibes are basically a sign that shows the Leier family is close. Boston expects Brooklyn to be at the games as well as his dad, Mike, and mom, Jenni, and a whole bunch of extended family.
In short, the Blades might want to send the Tigers left-winger a thank-you for all the extra tickets that are going to be sold due to his presence.
As the Tigers went through their preparations for the road trip, Leier couldn’t help thinking about the games that were coming up in Saskatoon.
“I try not to think about it too much, but obviously, it is in the back of my mind,” said Leier, whose uncle Dan played for the Blades from 1982 to 1984. “It will definitely be interesting.
“I get pretty excited to play in those games. It only happens twice a year, which is unfortunate. I got lucky this year.
“I get to play a couple more at home. It should be nice.”
In the Tigers’ two regular season visits to Saskatoon, Leier was able to hit the scoresheet for his family and friends. On Feb. 4, the 18-year-old potted a goal, an assist and was a plus-three in a 7-2 victory. He also picked up an assist and was a plus-one in a 4-3 overtime loss back on Nov. 22.
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