The Fort McMurray Bantam ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons look to continue their solid start to 2018.
At 5-10-and-4, the 4th place Barons will try to ride their unbeaten start to the new year – as they get set to host Peace River for another weekend doubleheader
The Barons were able to take a win and a tie when Grand Prairie paid a visit, earlier in the New Year.
After over a week off, Head Coach Keith Breen tells Mix News the key to victory this weekend will be keeping it simple.
“We don’t coach because of a certain team we’re going to face. We try to keep the same routine, we try to push the puck to the net, drive the net.
Hopefully, we’ll get rewarded a little more than usual with a club like Peace River who are struggling in terms of goals against.”
Peace River has allowed an average of more than five goals per game.
Breen feels earning these late season wins is key to staying consistent come playoff time.
“Every win is huge now. We want to push for a playoff run, we want to get into that mode of top-speed hockey. You’re not working on new things anymore, you’re just refining things you’ve learned through the year.”
Game 1 of the doubleheader takes place tonight at Frank Lacroix Arena, with puck drop at 6:30 p.m.
Peewees Make Statement
After falling in their first two games of the New Year, The Peewee ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons were on top of their game last weekend.
The Peewee Barons put up a total 18 goals combined in respective 8-4 and 10-7 victories over the visiting Peace River Integra Tire Colts.
Speedster Bronson Seymour has continued his electric play, notching 27 goals and 19 assists through 22 games to lead the Barons.
He’s trailed by Quinn Szpak, who has 22 goals and 18 assists and five others who have totalled at least 19 points or more in that span.
At 10-9-3, Fort McMurray is just two points back of 2nd place in their division.
They’ll look to build on the win streak next weekend when they head to Whitecourt to face the Wolverines.
Midget Barons Fall Flat
The Midget ‘AA’ Junior Oil Baron ran into a wall trying to keep their unbeaten 2018 afloat.
The Midget Barons suffered a pair of losses to one of the league’s top ranked teams in the PAC Saints, last weekend.
Now, they have nearly a month to collect themselves and shift focus to the remainder of the season.
Head Coach Dan Hodgson says having so much time off following a pair of losses can be challenging for the team.
“This is not a break, it’s a time for us to get ready for the next set of games,” Hodgson said. “It can be to your advantage when you can work on some of the skills you want to work on. When you have a loaded game schedule, it’s tough to do that. So, this could be a good opportunity to hone in on the stuff that we’re trying to deliver in games but haven’t been able to.”
The Midget Barons are off until February, when they hit the road for a pair of games.