The Huntsville Junior C Otters have played hard and have stuck together through shortages on the bench, player changes, and changes to bench staff so far this season.
Last week was a busy one for the team. After a gruelling Tuesday practice, the Otters headed into their away game against Schomberg on Thursday, November 21 with a short bench. “The guys competed and battled hard before running out of steam,” said head coach, Marc Gagnon. Huntsville started strong in the first period but fell short in the second and third, despite not giving up and ending the game with more shots on net overall.
At Friday night’s home game, the Junior C Otters welcomed the Midland Flyers along with 250 spectators out to support their community team. “The team continued to show signs of playing together as a team,” said Gagnon.
Huntsville led the first two periods without allowing the puck in their end but then Midland pulled it together and fought back to tie up the score. This is where the specialties were good and helped to result in a home win of 5-4. “Goal tending again was solid by Mitchell Jones,” added Gagnon.
Chris Brown, a new member on the roster, played well in his Otters debut on Friday. “He has added some size and experience to the back end. A very nice addition to the team,” said Gagnon.
On Sunday, November 24, the team played another hard-fought game against the Penetang Kings.
“Everyone on the bench gave it 110 per cent and played as a team,” Gagnon said. It was a close game with key players off the ice. The team picked up their pace and showed their true grit as they held strong to take the win in the third period, 3-2.
“I am very happy with the teams’ development structurally in all the zones and playing as a five-man unit,” said Gagnon. “The players deserve a huge credit for putting in the time and wanting to continue to learn the importance of structured hockey. The bench has been very positive as everyone is pushing for one another.”
The Huntsville Junior C Otters Club has also added assistant coach Adam Green to the bench. Green will be looking after the defensemen. “Adam brings in lots of hockey experience with his playing days at the Junior A level and coaching at different minor hockey levels,” said Gagnon.
The next Junior C Otters home game will be held on Sunday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m. against the Alliston Hornets. Come and cheer on your hometown team!
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