The Canberra Brave will travel to Perth this weekend for a double header with the uncertainty of possibly forfeiting a rescheduled game hanging over its head.
The Brave could struggle to put a team out on the ice if its Australian Ice Hockey League game with the Adelaide Adrenaline is held mid-week.
Last weekend's game against the Adrenaline was called off after the team bus Adelaide was travelling in veered off the shoulder of the road and roll twice into a ditch, just north of the Canberra-NSW border.
Five Adelaide players were treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.
Brave captain Mark Rummukainen believes last week’s postponement won’t affect how the Canberra side plays against the Perth Thunder, but hopes that the rescheduling will be resolved soon.
“It’s not good timing for us,'' Rummukainen said.
''It’s unfortunate because earlier in the season would have been a better time to reschedule games because it's difficult to do so close to the playoffs.''
Time is running out for the game to be rescheduled, with the playoffs to be held from August 30-31 in Melbourne.
Rummukainen said playing games mid-week would not be ideal for the Canberra team, who may struggle to field a squad.
“We need to work with other teams to see what can happen, we’ll speak with Sydney and hopefully sort out some other arrangements,'' he said.
“I'd hate to see games forfeited.''
The Brave go into the double-header on the back of two losses, but Rummukainen still hopes his side can claim the minor premiership as it has two games in hand over most other teams.
“If we can have a good run home then we should be able do really well,'' he said.
“Last weekend off was obviously disappointing because you want to play all the time, but it was a good opportunity to clear some injuries that we had in the squad.”