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They're six points out of the final playoff spot with only eight games remaining, but the Belleville Bulls say they're not giving up their post-season hopes....
"The guys are still coming to the rink every day and working hard every day and believing that we have a chance," head coach and GM George Burnett told the Belleville Intelligencer.
Helping the Bulls' cause is the fact that teams directly ahead of them in the standings are failing down the stretch.
"We knew what the makeup of our conference would be this season and that a lot of the teams ahead of us would be using a lot of 18-and 19-year-olds and we aren't," Burnett told reporter Paul Svoboda. "Those are teams we believe we'll be ahead of in the future because of the route we've chosen. In the second half, we figured we needed to win about 15 games. We figured we needed 60 points to make the playoffs.
"You look at the teams ahead of us and Oshawa has won only about two in their last 10 and Sudbury a couple in their last eight, so we believe we have a chance."
The Bulls have the youngest team in the OHL with an average age of 18.2 years, followed by Niagara (18.3 years) and Oshawa (18.4 years).
And keeping with Bulls -- the Billings (Montana) Bulls, that is...
REF RAGE COSTS ANNOUNCER: According to a story in the Billings Gazette the Bulls' radio announcer was ejected from a NorPac Hockey League playoff game against the Helena Bighorns on Tuesday night for allegedly voicing his displeasure with the referees.
Play-by-play announcer Bill Callahan was ejected in the second intermission as the referees were skating by the press area. Bulls assistant coach Kyle McGlone was also tossed in the exchange with the officials.
NOTE TO SELF: Remember to use the quiet voice when OHL officials are around the press box.
After Callahan was tossed, a former player who handles the team video called the first five minutes of the third period before being replaced by the arena PA announcer.
IT'S BIOSHOCKING, I KNOW: As I've mentioned before I'm addicted to playing the video game BioShock. Truth be told, I'm not a video game person at all, but I ended up getting hooked. It was pretty embarrassing going to buy BioShock 2 the day it came out, but even more embarrassing is the fact that I'm now playing online. And I'm terrible.
I'm constantly getting killed and I have no idea what I'm doing, but it's too hilarious to stop playing... last night there was some guy using the microphone thingy singing "Why can't we be friends?" while running around shooting people. The convos people have while playing is more entertaining than the game itself.
Anyway, if you have any tips on how to keep alive or would like to incinerate me -- drop me an email and I'll tell you what my handle is (it's actually the Mets fans' but he doesn't care).
As always - questions, comments, compliments, complaints, threats etc: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @loosepucks
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