After a road trip to St. Albert resulted in a winless weekend – the Fort McMurray Midget ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons are set for a doubleheader.
The Barons enter a four game home stand currently sitting 3rd in their division – with a record of 5-6-and-2 – and trail first place by only 7 points.
They look to get back on track this weekend as they play host to the GPAC Peaceland Storm.
Head Coach Dan Hodgson tells Mix News that the boys hope to take advantage of the home ice.
“Working hard at our goal scoring, that’s something you always have to improve. In terms of this weekend, it’s just a matter of staying positive, learning from the mistakes we made in those games in the last couple weeks and keeping those points in the home barn – that’s the most important part.”
The team’s current record is not for a lack of effort.
Forward Gavin Galloway has stepped up as the Baron’s leading scorer – with 12 points in 13 contests and both goalies Jayden Chase and Gage Cook have registered save percentages near .900.
Hodgson notes if the boys keep pressing, the wins will come.
“You got to be careful as to where you point your energy. If you keep the guys up and continue to work hard, that’s a win in my book. You can’t expect the kids to be happy with a 6-1 loss but at the end of the day, they can take pride in knowing they work hard and are there for one another.”
He adds they hope to turn things around after some tough matchups from the previous weekend.
“We’re doing a good job battling, obviously there are some mental mistakes but every team goes through that. Playing teams with some pretty high scoring kids, you have to be accountable in the d-zone and sometimes when you’re tired you just can’t let those things slide. We have to work on that as part of our conditioning.”
The Midget Barons are in action today at Frank Lacroix Arena.
Game 1 is at 6:30 p.m. – and Game 2 is Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Bantam Barons Back After Break
The Bantam ‘AA’ Junior Oil Barons look to exorcise some demons this weekend.
The Bantam Barons have lost their last four straight games but are ready to get back on track as they get set to kick off a doubleheader against Whitecourt.
Heading into the weekend, Fort McMurray is 3-6-and 2 on the year.
Head Coach Keith Breen tells Mix News the boys are raring to get back into the win column – after two weeks off.
“Hungry,” Breen said. “I am going to say these kids have been putting in effort the last couple weeks. They’re ready to go, they’re fired up and excited to be at home and playing again.”
Breen says after a couple weeks to get healthy – they’ll get a big boost with a key return in one of their top scorers, Maddox Parker.
Parker was averaging a point per game when he went down.
In his absence, the team’s gotten some key play from Ben Therrien, who’s notched 6 goals in 11 games and Carter Breen, who’s racked up a team high 9 points.
Coach Breen feels with a full lineup – it’s just a matter of the boys getting back to having fun with the game they love.
“We’ve been working so hard and these guys take everything so literal and it’s just ‘work hard, work hard, work hard,’ and they’re missing out on a key ingredient and that’s just having fun. Having a laugh with the guys and going out there and playing hockey.”
Game 1 is 3:45 p.m. at Frank Lacroix Arena.
Game 2 is Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
Peewees Rest Up
This week, the Peewee Barons have some time to get refreshed after splitting last weekend’s doubleheader against the Grand Prairie Minhas Bros Trucking Knights.
Bronson Seymour continues to lead the Barons in scoring with 25 points in 12 games.
He’s not the only Baron electrifying on offense, as Quinn Szpak has posted 12 goals and 21 points and at least five other players are averaging a point per game.
Fort McMurray is now 6-4-2, and sit just one point back of second place in their division.
The Peewee Barons are back at it on the first weekend of December when they welcome the Dawson Creek Canucks.