AC Avalanche continue 13-game unbeaten streak
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am
As the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League (AMMHL) heads towards the Christmas break, the AC Avalanche is continuing to play at a torrid pace.
The Avalanche, based out of Cochrane features many players from Airdrie, hasn’t lost a game since the middle of October and currently leads the league’s South Division with a 17-2-1 record.
“We didn’t expect to be on a run like we are right now, but we are playing well as a team and good things always happen when you do that,” Airdrie native and Avalanche forward Taden Rattie said.
“We are a fast team that uses our speed well and we have been able to get pucks to the net, which is always key.”
“We have been a solid team throughout the season, but we have been really picking up the pace as of late,” Cochrane-based forward Adam Tisdale added. “We’ve been solid throughout every game during our run, and we have been able to come through in the clutch when we needed to.”
Avalanche Head Coach Terry Sydoryk believes the reason for the team’s recent form is the amount of work the squad puts in during practices.
“It’s really come down to a combination of hard work and tenacity, and luck usually comes from that,” he said. “The bounces start going your way as a result, which is something that wasn’t happening for us at the start of the year.”
“When you are riding this kind of wave though you don’t want to peak too early, especially before the Sutter South Cup (which will take place in Medicine Hat from March 6 to 9) as the regular season records won’t mean a single thing heading into that tournament,” he added.
In the Avalanche’s most recent game on Dec. 14 in Chestermere, the team found itself in a tightly contested affair with the host Rockyview Raiders, but it was able to skate away with a 3-2 victory.
“We came off our gameplan a little bit, and I think some of that was from not being ready to go at the start of the game,” Sydoryk recalled. “In our last game against that team, we had a really strong showing, and I think they (the Raiders) were really up for trying to get some revenge on their home rink.”
Prior to the Christmas break, the Avalanche will face its first team from the AMMHL’s North Division on Dec. 21, when it will travel up to Edmonton to take on MLAC Elite Sportswear.
“When you are going up against a team from the other division you haven’t played against, you can look at certain comparables to see how you will match up against them,” Sydoryk said.
“But that can be dangerous sometimes as anything can happen in any given game, and you might not see that in the results.”
“The boys know what to do, but if they don’t show up, the outcome might be totally different from what they might expect it to be,” he added.