Coaches excited for Bulldogs to hit the ice

 

By Joel Charron

General Amherst boys’ hockey team has only had a few practices but head coach Pat Garrett likes what he’s seen thus far.

With a solid group of returning players mixed with a talented group of first year Amherst hockey players, Garrett is excited to start the season.

“Spencer Petrozzi is our only fifth year player and we have a decent Grade 12 core,” he said. ‘But   what I really like is the younger kids trying out.  They are making it harder and harder to cut them.”

The Amherst squad boasts eight players who play from the Amherstburg Midget Majors, which Garrett said would provide plenty of leadership for the younger players to follow.

Garrett is even drawing comparisons to the Corey Beaulieu team that won a WECSSAA championship in 2010.

“’I don’t want to put the cart before the horse but last time we had a core of kids like this, the season was pretty successful,” he said.

With only four teams in the AA division, the Bulldogs would jump into the semi-finals right away, which could be in the Bulldogs favour.

“We would have to get hot for only a few games,” he said.

Amherst captain Matt Rosati said the Bulldogs are out to prove Amherst still deserves to be mentioned as one of the elite programs in  Windsor/Essex County.

“We have a lot to prove after a down season last year,” said Rosati. “We plan on playing every game like it’s the cham  pionship and are going to push every team we face to their limit.”

Rosati noted the younger players on the team have really impressed him and have fit very well with the returning players.

“We have a nice mix of players here,” he said. “There is a Grade 10 line that plays together and they look good. I think over time our team chemistry is going to get better.”

Rosati said the team has one goal, to make it to OFSAA. However in order for that to happen, they must take care of business in their division.”

“The goal is always OFSAA,” said Rosati. “We know our competition, we know our players in the room, we know our strengths and weaknesses. If we can really get our stuff together we have a legitimate shot at making a run.”

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