October 22, 2017
While it was another tough weekend for the Force, the roster has grown and things are looking more positive as the season progresses.
Saturday night in Meaford, several players were forced to miss the game, and combined with lingering injuries, the team had to once again play with only 13 skaters, battling well though much of the game, but running out of steam in another lopsided 11-3 loss.
However, Sunday afternoon at the Plex, it was a different story, as the Force hosted the South Muskoka Shield , with close to a full roster for the first time this season, though coming up on the short end of a 3-0 final score.
The Shield scored power play goals in each of the first two periods, and added another in the third, outshooting the Force 46-34 in a tight contest throughout.
Both teams had their opportunities on the power play, including each with a 5 minute advantage as a result of major penalties.
Kody Kushniruk was outstanding in goal once again for the home side, while Kamil Paciga was also excellent in goal for the visitors, earning the shutout.
Despite the record of 1-8-0, including a default win against the Wiarton Schooners, who’ve shut down for this season, the team continues to improve, and now having the larger roster available on a nightly basis, the wins will start to come.
Another busy week coming up, with visits to Alliston to play the New Tecumseth Civics on Thursday, a long drive up to Sturgeon Falls Friday night to play the West Nipissing Lynx, and back home next Sunday afternoon for a date with the Almaguin Spartans.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Sean Contreras took a hard shot to the leg blocking a shot and is day to day; There’s a good chance both Andrew Ferlatte and Matthew Bogenrieder will return from injury this week; The Force have been working diligently on to get our games streamed live on the GMHL channel, and while we had audio yesterday, the video wasn’t fast enough with our equipment. We think we’ll finally have it sorted out for this week’s home game; The Force are working with the Fergus Figure Skating Club to provide a venue for local skaters to perform in our first intermissions. We would like to thank Terri Hobson, as well as the coaches and the executive of the Fergus Figure Skating club for providing so many great young skaters to perform, including Ella Ogilvie for yesterday’s game, as well as Noelle Starling, Olivia Chung, and Sophia. They’ve all done such a great job!; This weekend’s game against Almaguin will feature a Halloween Costume Contest, so dress up and come on out with the whole family!