Another Junior Oil Barons squad is off to the races to start their 2017-18 season.
Over the weekend, the Fort McMurray Bantam ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons were in Peace River, where they notched a pair of victories against the Sabres to start the season 2-and-0.
The Barons took Saturday’s game by a score of 3-2, while Sunday’s game ended in a 3-1 Barons’ victory.
Oil Barons Head Coach Keith Breen tells Mix News despite 11 new players on the roster – it’s a very mature core.
“It’s easy to go to the rink and coach kids that want to be coached and want to be pushed. It’s a pleasure to be a part of that, for sure. I think all those kids know that a 2-0 start could be 2-2 by the end of this weekend or vice versa – maybe we are 4-and-0 but the kids put in the work and the result is the result.”
Four Junior Barons are tied for the team lead in scoring.
That list includes Carter Breen, Maddox Parker, Ryan Ward and Travis Newhook, all with two points apiece.
Barons Head Coach Keith Breen tells Mix News after two games – he likes the physicality he sees out of his squad.
“We are going to be a fast, gritty, bump and grind team. We’re not pretty, we’re fairly big so we’re not afraid of contact but it’s going to be the old fashioned bumb and grind style of play that’s going to get it done for us right now, until we learn more complicated systems.”
With just two players returned from last year’s squad, it’s been a tough transition but according to Breen, the maturity of the squad has shined through.
He knows they’ll have to stay consistent if they hope to continue their early success.
“Kids are buying into our hard-work ethics system. They’re excited to be there, excited to play and they play for each other. It’s nice and I hope it continues, it’s a good start but keeping things in check, we have to keep doing our jobs.”
The Barons kick off a doubleheader at home next weekend against the Strathcona Warriors at Frank Lacroix Arena.
Game 1 is on Saturday, October 14 – with puck drop at 6:30 p.m., while game 2 gets underway on Sunday, October 15 at 10:45 a.m.