Stars’ prospects look brighter

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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.

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