Ros­ter gets fi­nal look

Af­ter an ex­tended break, the Colts play 3 games in 4 nights this week­end, start­ing tonight at BMC

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS - GENE PEREIRA SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER Bar­rie Colts goalie Kai Ed­monds comes un­der at­tack dur­ing re­cent in­trasquad ac­tion at the Bar­rie Mol­son Cen­tre. Af­ter a long break of more than a week be­tween pre-sea­son games, the Colts are back at it tonight when the

Dale Haw­er­chuk was just fine with the long stretch be­tween pre­sea­son games for his Bar­rie Colts.

With NHL rookie camps in progress, the OHL shut down its ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule for a lit­tle more than a week.

The break al­lowed the Colts bench boss and his coach­ing staff time to get in some much-needed work with his team.

“Of course, you miss some of your guys, but it’s good for the young guys,” Haw­er­chuk said of the prac­tice time. “They get used to the pace of prac­tices, some of the sys­tems and some of the spe­cial teams.”

The Colts will look to put to use what they worked on over the last 10 days when they wrap up their pre­sea­son sched­ule this week­end.

Bar­rie hosts the Ni­a­gara IceDogs tonight and then the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs on Satur­day night, be­fore a re­match in Hamil­ton on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“You have to im­ple­ment some of the stuff from prac­tices,” said Haw­er­chuk, whose club kicks off its 2017-18 OHL sea­son next Thurs­day against the Ot­tawa 67’s at the Bar­rie Mol­son Cen­tre. “We’ll get some good video from that, so we’ll get some time to look at that be­fore (the opener).”

This week­end’s games will also give Haw­er­chuk one fi­nal look be­fore he de­ter­mines his start­ing ros­ter for next week­end’s opener.

While the blue-line is set, the club is still car­ry­ing three goal­tenders and two ex­tra for­wards.

Over­ager goal­tender Leo Lazarev, who was re­cently ac­quired from Ot­tawa, re­turnee Chris­tian Propp and rookie Kai Ed­monds re­main in camp.

“In a per­fect world, you want two,” Haw­er­chuk said of the goalie sit­u­a­tion. “Ed­monds is young yet as well, so we’ll see how that shakes out here.

“We tell the goalies that we mon­i­tor them dur­ing prac­tices as well to make some de­ci­sions, but I think we’ll get through the week­end and make some de­ci­sions,” the coach added.

Lazarev brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence with him af­ter spend­ing the last three years in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. The Rus­sian goal­tender started more than 43 games in each of the last two sea­sons.

“We felt that he was a good fit for us,” Haw­er­chuk said. “The style he plays is pretty en­er­getic and he’s one of those kind of goalies that when he gets rolling the team can re­ally feed off it.

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Rowan Hart and Jarod Stehle are one step closer to ful­fill­ing their dreams of one day swim­ming in the Olympics.

The Bar­rie Tro­jan Swim Club mem­bers have been named to the Swim­ming Canada na­tional ID team.

Last sea­son, Hart had the best 100-me­tre breast­stroke time in his age group and Stehle had the best time for 200-m back­stroke.

Up un­til now, Hart and Stehle have been marked by their green and white Bar­rie Tro­jans colours, but soon the swim­mers will have a much big­ger tar­get on their backs, the size of a Cana­dian flag.

“They’re watch­ing me for my times, for my races, how well I’m do­ing, if I’m on track to make fi­nals at cer­tain meets,” Hart said. “It’s a pretty big deal, in my opin­ion.”

Swim­ming Canada mon­i­tors its ath­letes pri­mar­ily from afar, but they have rep­re­sen­ta­tives at some of the larger meets.

The Cana­dian Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Program fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing tal­ent for the pro­gres­sion to the se­nior na­tional team.

Swim­ming Canada in­vests in the ath­letes.

The program is di­vided into three tracks based on the level of the swim­mer. At each of the lev­els swim­mers are paid and given ap­parel like swim caps and gog­gles.

“It kind of gives me a per­cep­tion of where I’m at right now and where I could be in the fu­ture,” said Hart, who is com­ing off a re­cent week of swim­ming at Camp Chikopi.

In or­der to progress with the program, Hart will have to reach des­ig­nated times; the next step would be mak­ing Team Canada and com­pet­ing at swim meets around the world.

For an ath­lete who trains nine times per week dur­ing sea­son, Hart is quick to praise his coach for this ac­com­plish­ment.

“I at­tribute this suc­cess to Jason Mo­rawski. He has trained me for the last two years, I’ve known him for the last four,” he said. “He’s the guy that is there ev­ery day; he never skips out.”

Hart is among a hand­ful of elite swim­mers with the Bar­rie Tro­jans, but this 2016-17 sea­son was es­pe­cially spe­cial.

“The whole club reg­is­tra­tion is the best we’ve ever done. And our com­pet­i­tive per­for­mances have been good, high­est rankings ever at provin­cials – we came in third,” Mo­rawski said.

Most re­cently, Stehle, Ken­dra Lutsch and Tro­jans grad­u­ate Adrian Van­derHelm all com­peted at the Cana­dian World Tri­als in April.

When shar­ing his ex­cit­ing Swim­ming Canada news with his coach, Mo­rawski was ex­cited for Hart, but just as ea­ger for more train­ing. See | C2

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