The Fort McMurray Midget ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons are an undefeated 2 and 0 to start their 2017/18 season.
Over the weekend, the Junior Oil Barons squeezed out a pair of wins – a 4-2 win over the Sherwood Park Oilers, followed by a 3-2 win over the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.
Oil Barons Head Coach Dan Hodgson tells Mix News they’ll have to remain consistent to keep the ball rolling.
“A team who comes out and plays hard every single night is going to have better odds than the teams who are hit and miss in that regard. Discipline is going to be the other thing we’ll have to focus on. The goals that are scored against us are usually shorthanded so, if we can stay out of the penalty box in five-on-five or better, that’s going to be key for us.”
After the weekend, defenseman Braden Remillard leads all Junior Oil Barons with two goals and an assist.
He’s trailed only by forwards, Gavyn Galloway and Mason Russell as well as rover, Deven Sacrey, all of whom have two points.
Despite the hot start, Hodgson says the team’s success will come down to making sure the boys don’t get too overconfident.
“That’s a constant message we’re trying to send,” Hodgson said. “It’s always one day at a time with us. Hockey can often be kind of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ and you never know what the opposition has up their sleeves. So, we just need to keep it in perspective and make sure we show up to the rink and work hard, be disciplined and stay out of the penalty box and good things should happen.”
Luckily for the team, Hodgson has faith that his two goaltenders, Gage Cook and Jayden Chase can steal some wins.
“It’s a good-looking crew this year, everyone shows up gung-ho and ready to go. Got a couple of solid goalies – we’ve identified that already. Both guys had solid games over the weekend and we’re happy about that. Overall, just a lot of energy with this year’s club.”
The Barons have their home opener on Saturday as they face the Maple Leaf Athletic Club at the Frank Lacroix Arena.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m.