It is final exam week so many players are missing. The 17th had 12 skaters and 2 goalies. Twelve players is enough to do most things. We did skating and puck handling while Mel worked with the goalies and then had a tournament where we played various games and kept score. 2 pts. for a win and 1 pt. for a tie. The losers picked up the pucks at the end..
We are getting better as the season progresses. We started at 3 W 3 L our first six games and now are 11 W 4 L 2 T with nine league games left. So things are heading in the right direction as the players improve their skill and game understanding.
Lots of game situations in both practices. No games this weekend because of final exams.
Gaston Schaeffer came to instruct skating for the fourth time this season. I broke the team into two smaller groups of 8 forwards and 7 defense with two forwards who play both F/D.
We did skating edges to start, then 25' of skaiting and a cross ice game then switched. Gaston took everyone again the last ten minutes. Very good session for some individual skating instruction while I interjected some good playing habits during the games.
Jan. 24 - 90 min.
We did lots of passing, playing with speed, transition, 1-1's, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2. Fast paced practice with lots of reps.
A 90' practice with one goalie. We did lots of skating, passing, puck handling skills and goalie instruction, played two one zone transition games and then had a King's Court tournament with 4 nets. Started with 20' of 1-1 and finished with 20' of 2-2.
We warmed up with edges while carrying a puck. I had them fake a shot and push out on the forehand or out then across skating backward before shooting so they change the angle on the goalie. In the 3-3 game we practiced one attacker take the eyes away by screening the goalie, strong side give the point an outlet and be available for a shot pass, weak side available for one timer or shot pass. Everyone crash for rebounds. We also reviewed full ice angling and played the same tournament because we haven't played in ten days.
We fly to a tournament in Langley BC which is near Vancouver on Thursday and will play 4 or 5 games on the weekend.
We have a team play practice with the Fire AAA tonight and a 90' practice Wed. night before leaving.
Here are the results of all our games so far.
Fire White AA 2017-18
9-1. Northern Alberta
1-1. Pilot Mound
1-4. Fire Red
GP 10 W 7 L. 2. T 1
1-7. Sherwood Park
3-3. 4-3 SO. W Fire Red
1-0. Red Deer
4-2. Red Deer
1-1. 1-2 Grande Prairie. SO Loss
2-2. 2-3 Fire Red SO Loss.
1-0. Okotoks OT Win