Wolfpack start October with a win, in Whistler next week
After winning one and losing six during the month of September, the Wolfpack appeared to have turned things around with a home win against the Aldergrove Kodiaks Saturday, Oct. 2.
The team's prospects were boosted by the inclusion of three new Junior A players to the lineup, Darcy Rail and Dean Wilson on defence and forward Naeem Bardai.
The Wolfpack netted two goals in the first period and three in the second to take the game 5-3. They were particularly effective on special teams, a sore spot for the Wolfpack this season - they scored on one of four power plays, and managed to kill all seven penalties when Aldergrove had a man advantage.
The Kodiaks were first on the board, but the Wolfpack answered back. Jaret Babych and Ty Babych scored the next two goals, with Whistler's Matt Bonin assisting on Jaret's power play goal at the 11-minute mark.
Trevor Kang scored the Wolfpack's next two goals in the second period, with Naeem Bardai getting on the board as well.
Trevor Kang led the team with two goals and an assist, with Konrad Sander picking up three assists for the Wolfpack.
Coach Matt Samson says October is a make-or-break month for his team, but is happy with how the team has responded.
"We're doing OK," he said. "At this point we're two-and-five. I think we should probably be four-and-three. I know you can always say that as a coach, but there were a couple of games we should have had for sure. We had a tight game on the road with South Delta, which we lost by a goal, but that happens. Then we came home and didn't really get a good goaltending performance against Ridge Meadows. Those were games that could have gone our way."
Samson says the play of special teams on Saturday was particularly good. "Special teams are big in our league, and you have to be good at those if you want to win games," he said.
He also gave high marks to Bonin's performance in his first year at the Junior B level.
"He's playing well," said Samson. "He's starting to see the puck and the net more and get more chances on offence, but he's also one of our more reliable centres defensively. I think the points should come for him - I know he'd like more by this point, but it's not a lack of trying or skill."
Squamish hosts the Abbotsford Pilots this Saturday at Brennan Park, a team that is currently leading the Harold Brittain Conference of the PIJHL. Squamish is ranked last in the Tom Shaw Conference. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m.