AC Avalanche win first two games of the season
It’s still early in the season, but the AC Avalanche are already off to a strong start in its 2013-14 Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League (AMMHL) campaign.
The Avalanche, which won the AMMHL’s Sutter Cup and finished second at the provincial championships last season, picked up right where it left off in its first two games, with victories over the Calgary Rangers on Oct. 5 and the Calgary Blazers on Oct. 6.
“We have a great foundation to build on with this team as everyone has a strong compete level and work ethic,” Avalanche Head Coach Terry Sydoryk said. “The team this year is extremely deep in talent, and that has proven to be beneficial for us in our first two games.”
In its season opener in Calgary against the Rangers on Oct. 5, the Avalanche started off its season on a winning note as it picked up a 6-3 victory.
“We came into that game with quite a few injuries, and that led to Ryan Simpson getting the start-in goal with Kurtis Chapman being out of the lineup,” Sydoryk said. “Ryan turned in a great performance, and he was a key part in helping us get that win.”
Up front, Jordan McConnell led the Avalanche, as the 15 year old from Airdrie scored three goals and also had an assist.
“Jordan actually played for us a little bit at the end of last season once the (Airdrie) Xtreme’s season finished up, so he had the benefit of knowing what it’s like to play in this league,” Sydoryk said.
“He had a strong training camp for us, and that his level of play has continued on into the regular season.”
In its home opener against the Blazers on Oct. 6 in Cochrane, the Avalanche’s offence was led by a pair of goals each from Canmore’s Noah Philp and Didsbury’s Andrew Fyten on its way to a 7-3 triumph.
“That was a real character win for us, as we had some forwards playing back on defence, and they were able to shut down a very good scoring team,” Sydoryk said.
“We had a number of different guys get on the score sheet, and I think that is something you are going to see all season long.”
After playing host to the Red Deer Northstar Chiefs in Cochrane on Oct. 12 (details were not available as of press time), the Avalanche will return to its home ice on Oct. 19 when the Calgary Rangers come to town for a 7 p.m game at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre in Cochrane.
“It’s still early in the season, so we are not going to be getting into anything fancy when it comes to how we play,” Sydoryk said.
“We are focused on playing a simple game, and if the guys continue to show up and play like they have, we are going to do well.”