The 2020-21 Lightning High School Hockey League playoffs are coming to a close tomorrow night and the Durant Cougars are in the hunt for the championship.
Durant will face Seminole in Amalie Arena at 7 p.m. in a battle between the two top seeds of this year’s playoff bracket. The Cougars followed up on their first-round bye with a 4-3 win over Newsome in the divisional round, then made the championship cut cruising past Manatee to a 6-2 win. Seminole got there with a 6-1 win over Palm Harbor in the divisional round and escaped the conference finals with a 4-3 win over East Lake.
The Cougars are now at the end of an impressive season which saw the team post a 19-3-0 overall record with a Modin Division-leading 128 goals for and just 46 goals against. They were unbeaten in division play and also beat Seminole in both of their regular-season meetings, winning by scores of 5-2 (Oct. 2) and 3-2 (Oct. 23).
Amalie Arena will open for fans at 6 p.m. and attendees will be asked to sit in select sections of the west side of the arena. Everyone will have their temperature checked and is required to sign a waiver and wear a mask covering both the nose and the mouth. Gaiters, bandanas, masks with vents/valves and costume masks are not permitted. Concessions will be available.
No tickets are required to attend the game in person. If you can’t make it out to the arena, you can still watch online at theidentitytb.com.