The Fort McMurray Midget ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons are looking to close 2017 on a high note.
After taking one of three games over the weekend, the Midget Barons were able to keep pace and maintain a hold on third place in their division.
Fort McMurray currently boasts a record of 7-11-and-2, heading into this weekend’s doubleheader.
Head Coach Dan Hodgson tells Mix News their New Years Resolution is to make the best of their final 10 games.
“Everyone in the division makes it into playoffs so, you have to show up there ready to go. Your season record doesn’t always play a big part. If you have the confidence, the strength and the ability then you can fair very well so, we’re going to look at creating some momentum heading into playoffs. That’s our big focus.”
While the record may not indicate it, Hodgson says the team feels good about itself heading into 2018.
He adds he’s particularly impressed with the outstanding play of star forward Gavin Galloway, who’s 21 points through 20 games, leads the team.
“He’s got the natural talent that goal scorers have. He’s just a hardworking kid and he knows how to get the job done. He’s been doing more than his share and we’re really happy with that too, he was kind of a late addition to the team moving over from Fort Saskatchewan, last season.”
The Midget Barons are home this weekend to face the Whitecourt Wolverines at Frank Lacroix Arena.
Game 1 is Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and game 2 is Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Bantams Look To 2018 To Bounce Back
Despite a rash of recent struggles, the Fort McMurray Bantam ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons aren’t throwing in the towel on their season just yet.
The Bantam Barons have struggled to find the win column in the past two months, with just one in that span, but an upcoming holiday allows them a chance to get rejuvenated.
Head Coach Keith Breen says their 4-10-and-3 record is not indicative of the skill level of his team.
He tells Mix News confidence will come with practice and patience.
“Mike Babcock says it best, you want to get confidence, come to practice, work hard and then you’re confident come game time. These kids are going to learn that. Break is going to be good for them and when we come back I am hoping to see a hungry group, looking to finish out the season strong.”
The Bantam Barons are currently lead by Maddox Parker and Ben Therrien, who share the team lead with 12 points.
Therrien’s 8 goals leads the team, while Parker has accumulated his point total in three less games.
Coach Breen feels the upcoming holiday should do the team wonders – mentally and physically.
“Not all victories are on the scoreboard,” Breen said. “I mean, we’re looking forward to getting back and doing what we need to do to win. The boys know what to do. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”
Next time the Barons hit the ice will be in the new year, with a doubleheader against Fort Saskatchewan at Frank Lacroix Arena, starting on January 6.
Peewees Hit The Road For Final Doubleheader of 2017
The Fort McMurray Peewee ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons look to close 2017 in a positive fashion.
After kicking off a four game road trip with a split this past weekend in Peace River, the Peewee Barons have kept pace with their division.
With just two games left before 2018, Fort McMurray remains 3rd with an 8-6-and-2 record.
Head Coach Sean McFatridge tells Mix News given some lost opportunities in recent weeks, both match-ups this weekend are must wins.
“We need two wins out of this weekend for sure, we’ve had a couple of tough weeks where we haven’t performed up to expectations but I think we need to go into the new year with a positive and have something to look forward to.”
Forward, Bronson Seymour has been electric with 36 points in just 16 games, which leads the team.
He is followed by Forward, Quinn Szpak who’s totaled an impressive 33 in that span.
The Peewee Barons road trip continues this weekend, with a doubleheader against the Fort St. John Flyers.