Whistler's Bantam C1 hockey team headed into the Lions Gate League playoff round robin with a winning record and the league banner, now boasting a record of 12-3-1. The team outscored opponents 87 to 38.
There are six more round robin games, two per weekend, hopefully to be followed by a spot in the finals in March where the top two teams out of 16 will vie for the championship banner.
The team is made up of Alex Auger, Adam Bell, Kobe Burton, Scott Coughlin, Matt Davis, Zac Davis, Jared Fogolin, Gavin Hemmons, Liam Hemmons, Hugh Horler, Kolt Hoyle, Isabel Peters, Jonah Regan, Owen Reith, Tristan Sanders and Finn Withey.
Head coach Dan Davis said there weren't enough players at the Bantam age to form a rep team, but the result was a strong house league squad.
"We can certainly put the puck in the net," he said. "We had high expectations coming into the year. We knew we'd win a lot of hockey games, but we wanted to make sure the kids were all contributing and learning so they would all be more advanced than at the beginning of the year."
The team needs to keep scoring in the playoffs because if they finish the round robin tied with another team then the team with the most goals scored will advance to the finals.
"We're confident that we have a good chance, but because of the nature of the round robin if we don't have our act together on any given day we could give up points and be aced out of it," said Davis.
With extra spirit points awarded after games to teams with fewer than five penalties, staying out of the penalty box is crucial as well. The second place team has four fewer wins that Whistler, but two more spirit points to come within three points of Whistler.
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