Kings County bantams travel to O’Leary
O’LEARY – The Western Maroons will look to get back on the winning track on Friday night.
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Chance Pitre of the Western Maroons carries the puck during a P.E.I. Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League game against the Summerside Capitals in O’Leary last week.
The Maroons will entertain the Kings County Kings at the O’Leary Community Sports in an 8 p.m. start.
The Maroons are coming off their first loss of the season – 4-3 to Summerside – one week ago to fall to 1-1 (won-lost).
“It was a great game (against Summerside),” said Maroons head coach Jeff Ellsworth. “We didn't play to our potential the first half of the game, but the second half we came around a little bit.
“Summerside has a great power play, and they made us pay late in the game.”
The Maroons will have veteran forward Isaac Knox back in the line-up on Friday.
Maroons assistant coach Tylan Robinson said losing a guy of Knox’s calibre was a big loss.
“He (Knox) is a key piece of our puzzle moving forward,” said Robinson.
Ellsworth noted that Kings County, which brings a 1-2 record to O’Leary, will provide a tough game, adding two teams have had some battles in the regular season and playoffs in recent years.
The Maroons will travel to Pownal on Saturday for a 4:40 p.m. start against the Red Devils. This will be the Maroons’ first road game of the season.
Maroons assistant coach TJ Campbell says it’s great to finally play a few games in a short period of time.
“It’s tough at the start of the season to get in a groove,” said Campbell. “We have two games played to date and some teams already have five or six games, so we are excited that our schedule picks up in November.”
Maroons goaltending coach Adam MacLennan said Luke Oliver will get the start versus Kings County, and Bronson Banks will receive the nod in Pownal.
The Maroons have enjoyed great fan support for their first two home games, and are looking for that to continue against Kings County.
“No matter what level of sport you play in, any sport having the support of the fans gives you an edge,” said Ellsworth. “The boys get fired up to play in their building because they feel they are representing the area, and want to do well for western P.E.I.”