Junior Flyers primed for strong season
With one win under their belt aready, the Trinity Placentia Junior Flyers are looking to keep things rolling in the early stages of the season.
The Whitbourne-based Flyers doubled the Mount Pearl Blades 4-2 in the team’s season opener at the Glacier on Sept. 27. Trinity Placentia received an excellent performance from goaltender Coady Edwards, who stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced, in picking up the win.
The victory marked the second straight for the Flyers in their season opener and team officials are hoping the strong performances continue.
“We’d like to get off to a good start,” said coach Eugene Hutchings. “A good start builds confidence.”
Last season, the Flyers rattled off four straight wins to start the year, but fell back to Earth shortly thereafter. The team finished in the middle of the eightteam league and made some noise in the playoffs.
It is something the coach figures should happen again this winter.
“I think we’re going to be a very good team,” said Hutchings. “We have a couple more drafts to add more talent if we need it.”
The Flyers currently have 19 players on their roster. The ideal number for the coaching staff would be as high as 23 players.
That gives plenty of wriggle room to deal with injuries and suspensions, amongst time needed off for school work and the like.
“I believe we’ll end up around the middle of the pack,” said Hutchings.
Moving the puck
A strength last season for the Flyers was its defence corps. Players were adept at making that all-important first pass out of their end of the ice and jump starting the offense.
That part of the game should continue for Trinity Placentia. They return with the smooth skating Josh St. George, as well as Mackenzie Granter, Noel Morgan, Jonathan Pilgrim, Dakota Seaward and Cody Wrice. The team added former Tri Pen Osprey Jared Remedios to the lineup as well.
“We have a puck moving defence group,” said Hutchings. “We can still make the first pass.”
Joining Edwards in goal will be youngster Tyler Wrice. Kick-starting the offense Hutchings figures to have a high profile offense this season and expects the team to do a better job of getting the puck in the net. Some of his goal scorers are a year older now, and shouldn’t be gripping their sticks a little too hard when they have the puck.
“Some of the young fellas, they get a bit intimidated,” he said. “They’ll be better this year.”
Aside from newcomers Francis Pittman and Tyler Whittle, the Flyers return with leading scorers Connor Stevens, Jordan Mercer and Jordan Richards. They go along with Patrick Churchill, Jesse Morries, Dakota Warren, Curtis March, Cole Thorne and Colin Jackson.
Games between the Flyers and their barren rivals the CBN Junior Stars are always entertaining affairs.
Fans routinely pack both the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts and the Trinity Placentia Stadium in Whitbourne to see the teams battle it out for points and bragging rights.
“There is always a rivalry there,” said Hutchings. “It brings out the best in both teams.”
Trinity Placentia Junior Flyers forward Curtis March (centre) figures to be a key cog in the Flyers machine this season.