Head coach Bill Scheuermann says it sometimes takes young hockey teams time before they start scoring goals.
For the 2014-15 Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices, it didn’t take too much time at all.
“We’re scoring goals this year,” Scheuermann said in an interview with the Journal Argus recently.
“Sometimes it takes a while for players to develop their shots, but pretty well everybody in our line-up has scored a goal already.
“And a lot of guys have had multiple goals and multiple-point games. It sure makes a difference when you can score goals.”
Scheuermann says the Novices are “strong up the middle” with centremen such as Ryan Hodkinson, Peyton Lobb and Lucan Vernooy.
Players such as Nate Schiedel, Finn Stewart and Brock Chessell have also provided lots of offence.
Jake Sorensen has also been solid in net as well.
Getting the puck out of their own zone and controlling the puck are two areas the team continues to work on, Scheuermann says.
“Getting the puck out of our zone, that’s a key. But that’s something every team can work on,” the coach says.
“When you have guys get ahead of the play, and the puck doesn’t come out of your zone, then you’re in big trouble. We have to make sure that nobody leaves our end until the puck does.
“That’s what we’re trying to teach the kids, and they’re getting better at it.”
Going into this past weekend, the Finnbilt squad was 8-5-1 in Shamrock League play.
The Novices will soon be competing in their Regional Silver Stick tournament Dec. 27-29 in Pelham.
“I think we have a good competitive team this year,” coach Scheuermann adds. “We’ve played with every team this year. When we’ve lost, it’s only been by one or two goals.
“Strathroy is the top team (in Shamrock), and playing them is going to be the test.”
Summing up the season to date, Scheuermann says, “it’s just been a full team effort.”
Other members of the Finnbilt coaching staff are Tony McEwan, Paul Lamond and goalie coach Tyler Rae. Team manager is Norm Penney.