Early season work will pay dividends

Midget rep team readying for upcoming Sicamous tourney

Midget rep hockey players Cooper Uphill

Midget rep hockey players Cooper Uphill

Skill development and systems work were on the agenda recently at a local midget rep hockey team practice at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House.

A few skating drills were mixed in for the Tier 3 club, sponsored by Mayvin’s Plumbing and Heating, as they prepare for a tournament in Sicamous on Nov. 8-10.

Although the season has just started, coach Dustin Price says the team has improved quite a bit through only a couple league games and one tournament.

However, there’s a long way to go before the club hosts provincials in March, he adds.

We’re looking forward to provincials and giving the hometown crowd a good show. A lot of our players have some really raw skill we need to chip away at.

“Then we need to put down some good system work that will help us compete against some of the more skilled teams.”

It’s Price’s second season as head coach. There’s an equal mix of new and returning players this year, as well as a few Bantam level skaters.

We’re a hard-working team,” Price says. “We have that going for us.

“We’ve had some injuries on defence. Once things get sorted back there, I think we’ll look good defensively. And offensively, we’ll be able to put the puck in the net as well.”