No road warriors, these Ticats

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:15 PM ET

The road hasn’t been kind to the Ticats, a team that ended the year with a 2-7 record away from home.

When it comes to playing in Montreal, it’s been downright dreadful, a series of losses and disappointment that stretches back to 2002, the last time the Ticats have escaped with a win.

With Sunday’s Eastern semifinal to be played at Olympic Stadium, head coach Marcel Bellefeuille, a one-time Als assistant, has a different twist, an approach he hopes his team will embrace.

It’s a neutral site game,’’ Bellefeuille game. “And we’ve fared well in neutral site games.”

Earlier this season, Hamilton ventured to Moncton, N.B., to play the Stampeders.

The Ticats were the designated home team.

On Sunday, they’ll be the designated underdogs playing in a venue that is completely foreign to many players.

“It’s much more expansive than SkyDome,’’ Bellefeuille added. “It’s bigger, deeper and it has a higher ceiling. The guys have to get used to that.”

The turf, reckoned Bellefeuille, is also different, but all the nuances will be all ironed out when Hamilton does its walkthrough on Saturday.


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