The Fort McMurray Peewee ‘AA’ Jr. Oil Barons hit a bit of a skid in the road to kick off 2018.
The Peewee Barons played hard but ultimately fell in both games of their doubleheader with top ranked Grand Prairie, last weekend.
Despite the losses – at 8-9-3, Fort McMurray sits just 2 points back of second place in their division as they get set for another doubleheader at home this weekend.
Head Coach Sean McFatridge tells Mix News going forward, the mindset is to work hard, make mistakes and reap the rewards.
“That’s the biggest thing, hard work pays off. I’d rather take 18 kids who are willing to work hard over 18 kids with talent any day of the week. At the end of the day, you’re going to get the better results. And that’s all I want, when the puck drops I want the kids working hard and being accountable for their actions.”
Scoring certainly hasn’t been an issue for the youngest Barons’ squad in town – as they currently have five players who’ve averaged over a point per game.
Bronson Seymour leads that group with a ridiculous 23 goals and 17 assists. He’s trailed by Quinn Szpak (19 goals, 17 assists), Brayden Vandenbilche (14 goals, 12 assists), Matthew Noble (4 goals, 22 assists) and Coen Green (18 goals, 6 assists).
Despite what the offense has shown it’s capable of, the boys have not been without adversity.
With Peace River on tap, the Peewee Barons will have to overcome a team who has already bested them once this season, in an 8-6 Colts win back in December.
McFatridge says despite splitting that past series, he knows his team should be able take care of business against Peace River, who sit last in the division.
“We’re a lot better team than those guys on paper, that’s for sure. We just gotta come out flying like we did in the second game last weekend. We had a really good practice on Tuesday and Thursday so, hopefully the kids come prepared for Saturday and Sunday.”
The Barons kick off the doubleheader today at Frank Lacroix Arena.
Puck drops for game 1 this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.
Midget Barons Make Good On New Year Resolution
The Fort McMurray Midget ‘AA’ Jr. Oil Barons opened 2018 on a winning note.
The Barons picked up road wins last weekend against Lakeland and Wainright with goalie Jayden Chase earning his first shutout of the season, on Sunday.
The shutout puts them at 9-13-2, good for 3rd place in their division.
Head Coach Dan Hodgson tells Mix News the pair of wins are a huge morale boost to the team.
“We had a great weekend from Jayden, he definitely stood on his head for the boys on Sunday. They’ve got the confidence in him and I think they’re going to back him the rest of the season for sure.”
The coach notes Chase’s recent play has been outstanding.
Following the shutout, the young netminder has a fairly impressive save percentage of .912 along with a goals against average of 3.11.
Hodgson says in order to keep rolling – the team just has to play their game like they did this past weekend.
“We have a quicker team this year, we don’t shy away from bottle. So, it’s one of those things where you gotta forecheck hard, finish your checks, stay disciplined and put the puck in the net.”
The Midget Barons kick off a doubleheader this evening at Frank Lacroix arena.
Puck drops for game 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Bantam Barons Unbeaten To Start 2018
The Fort McMurray Bantam ‘AA’ Jr. Oil Barons got their new year started out right.
The Bantam Barons took a bite out of 2018 with a win and a tie at home this past weekend against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.
Fort McMurray now sits at 5-10-4, good for 4th in their division.
Head Coach Keith Breen tells Mix News that maintaining consistency starts with preaching a ‘team-game’.
“I never look at the bench and say: ‘oh boy, we’ve gotta get that kid on the ice,’ we always look down and say ‘okay, who’s up next?'” Breen said. “Because of that, everyone has bought into the team, whether it be defensively or offensively. We’re lucky to see our scoring spread out and everyone has a chance to succeed and to fail.”
The Bantam Barons have the weekend off but will be back it next weekend when they play host to Peace River at Frank Lacroix Arena.