Stars’ prospects look brighter
contest against St. John’s 6-1.
The Stars came back the next day to dominate the Conception Bay Region Junior Renegades, posting a 5-1 win. Jake Galbraith led the team with a hat trick, while goaltender Jason William Penney stopped 30 shots to ensure the victory.
Along with players coming back form injury, Russell says there were many players with work and school commitments who were unable to make games. Those circumstances forced the team to play some games with as few as 11 skaters against teams with a full line-up of 19.
“ We played most of our games that way, and we didn’t have a full team registered to start with,” says Russell. The team now has a 25-man roster, meaning the coach will have to sit out some players for future games.
With the regular season little over a third of the way through, Russell says there have been some nice surprises amongst those who have made positive contributions. He singles out rookie Phillip Russell, a midget-aged forward who has averaged a point per game through eight contests.
“He’s been very consistent and energetic, and he comes to play every night,” says the coach.
Leading scorer McGrath has also been an essential contributor, with 12 points in nine games. The third-year player was likely the team’s best in its two most recent wins.
Rookie Michael Andrews has found the back of the net on a regular basis thus far, managing eight goals in nine games. Russell says forward Tyler Adams has been a team leader from the start of the year, and Galbraith, who was pickedup from Nova Scotia, has been a nice surprise for the team.
The team has also benefited from the steady defensive work provided by Lyndon Goobie and Ryan Parsons.
With 18 games remaining as ofThe Compass’Friday deadline, Russell says the Stars have plenty of time to pick up points and advance in the league standings.
The team was second in the Avalon Division last week behind the Tri-Pen Junior Flyers, and sixth overall in the eight-team junior circuit.