"In the post-season, you don't ever know how far you're going to go. So you give it all you've got every game you can, every chance you can."
They are only guaranteed two more games, Games 3 and 4, Monday and Thursday, of their first-round playoff series with the Red Deer Rebels.
"I don't even want to think about that right now," said winger Mike Piluso. "Every game we have left is just play your hardest and keep on playing hockey Ñ hopefully to the end of May."
Piluso has the most playoff experience on the Oil Kings, largely thanks to a three-round run with the Vancouver Giants that ended at the hands of the eventual WHL champion Kelowna Rockets in 2008-09.
"It's really fun to play this time of year. And the Red Deer Rebels are kind of an enemy for us now, so it's a good rivalry. We're having some fun," said Piluso, who sat out Saturday's 5-1 loss in Red Deer with a sore leg.
"Nice to know you still get to come to the rink," said centre Jordan Hickmott. "I haven't been to playoffs since my 17-year-old year.
"I think we came together as a team in the second half, everybody buying in, everybody wanting the same goal Ñ just to win."
By virtue of seniority, the three B.C.-born players are expected to provide leadership on and off the ice.
But all said, that isn't something they try to, or had to, dominate.
"As the Oil Kings, that's what we try to do. Everyone is a big part of the organization. It's not just the older guys, it's the younger guys.
"The younger guys are as much a part of this team as the older guys, or guys that have been here for four years."
Van de Mosselaer is the one that fits that last category.
The franchise's game leader last season was also his best season as a junior.
"We really try and make sure everybody feels at home, can say what they have to say, and play to the best of their abilities."
"It's the whole team," said Piluso. "All 20 guys playing that night and the Black Aces Ñ everyone's in this together. Work hard every day in practice, and if you're playing the game, play your hardest and do everything you can."
That was evidenced Saturday when rookie David Stephens stepped in for Piluso and played hard, including a bone-cruncher on Rebels' D-man Brad Deagle late in the game.
All season Hickmott has been a key part of the coaching staff's mix-and-match philosophy, mostly playing on an offensive line, sometimes on a two-way line.
"I don't mind playing either either role," he said.
"Like I said, everybody has to buy in and so it doesn't really matter who you're playing with. We're all on the same team."