A big game in the Steel City tonight.
Sexsmith product Carter Rowney and the Penguins host Nashville in game five of the Stanley Cup Final, with the series all tied 2-2.
Carter’s parents Tracy and Brian have managed to be there in person for the opening four games.
“It’s exciting, but it’s also so stressful. Everybody else is sitting around, and they’re there cheering, having a good time cheering for their team. But when it’s your son out there, it’s more stressful. It’s not the ‘have a good time thing’, it’s stressful. It is very hard to watch,” Tracy Rowney explained.
She went on to add that Carter has done the heavy lifting throughout his entire hockey career.
“Neither Brian or I come from any hockey background. So many of them up here have NHL players for dads or coaches, and Carter’s just done it on his own,” Tracy explained. “We’re pretty proud of him.”
“If it ever got to the point where I had to battle with him to get up, it probably would’ve ended. He was more than happy to get up every morning and go to practice. Even if he had to leave his friends from Sexsmith to go play in a bigger city, for summer hockey and that, he was more than willing to do it,” she added.
Rowney has three assists, is a plus-three and has 21 shots on goal in this year’s postseason.
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan has also confirmed Matt Murray will start in net tonight, despite underwhelming performances in games three and four in Nashville.
Puck drop goes at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.