The Fort McMurray Bantam ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons look to continue their solid January.
At 6-10 and 4, the Barons remain in 4th place in their division but have kicked off the new year without a loss in four games.
Head Coach Keith Breen tells Mix News despite being unbeaten through 2018 – he wouldn’t call it a streak quite yet.
“Mentally, the game is still tough for us. We make a lot of mental errors that usually end up in penalties and unfortunately we are serving up a lot of time in the sin bin. But these guys are trying to put it together and they’re slowly gathering the athleticism and the mental part of the game and gelling them together. Once that happens, look out! We’ll talk about a streak then.”
With a couple of teams on deck the Bantam Barons aren’t too familiar with, Breen says it could be a challenge for the boys travelling to hostile territory.
He feels the team will be in better shape if they keep their discipline in check.
“Something we’re dealing with and trying to control. Having a lot of young players, they play on the edge, they’re trying to figure out what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable. So, hopefully by the end of the season, they’ll have that mastered.”
The Bantam Barons are in Sherwood Park on Saturday for a game against the Sabres with puck drop at 3:30 p.m.
They’ll be facing off against the CAC Golden Arrows tomorrow at noon.
Peewees Riding Offensive Juggernaut To Post Season
With the regular season winding down, the Fort McMurray Peewee ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons will look to make a statement.
The Peewee Barons are just two points out of 2nd place in their division and with a 10-9 and 3 record – they’ll look to take advantage of a struggling Whitecourt squad.
Head Coach Sean McFatridge tells Mix News with 119 goals through 22 games – his team’s potent offense should carry them into the playoffs.
“We’ve got a gifted offense and we gotta use that. We’re not a big team, we don’t have a lot of size but we do have a lot of speed and that’s what we have to build on. Dump those pucks in the corner and get on them. Those bigger defensemen that a lot of teams have can’t keep up with our skill guys and we have to use that to our advantage.”
Entering the final ten games of the season – it’s a favourable schedule for Fort McMurray – with only two of their remaining 10 games against opponents with stronger records.
McFatridge says with four of those games against Whitecourt – his team controls its own destiny in the final standings.
“We’ve got two down there and two up here in Fort McMurray in three weeks. So, I think we have to get on top of them from the get go and show them we are the team we are. We do have a good team and we’re up there in the top of this division so we gotta get those eight points to be in better position for the playoffs.”
The doubleheader kicks off today at 5 p.m. and continues tomorrow with game 2 beginning at 10:45 a.m.
Meanwhile, the Fort McMurray Midget ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons are not in action this weekend and will return on February 10.