Oct 6, 2013 – The placement season got underway this weekend for several Bantam Tier 1 teams. On Sunday, the Cloverdale Colts were clearly ready to get to work, but the North Vancouver Storm took a bit longer to dig in. Midway through Sunday evening’s game between the two teams, Cloverdale found themselves ahead 6-2.
A late second period goal by North Vancouver seemed to awaken the visitors, who then closed the score to 6-4. North Vancouver looked to have a late 5th goal, but a quick whistle negated it. In the end, the comeback fell short and North Vancouver Coach Bob McCuaig was understandably frustrated by the result and by the slow start.
“I think we have a lot more to give,” said McCuaig. “I thought the clawback was nice, but I don’t think we were all there preparation-wise.”
Preparation and effort level will be key factors for North Vancouver, as the team lacks star power on its top lines. They will need contributions from everyone in order to be successful.
“We’re going to have to be a gritty team,” said McCuaig. “I think we have a strong defensive team, I think we have a lot of guys with the potential to play higher level hockey due to their physicality, but we have a long way to go.”
Rather than focus on the standings, the main focus this year for McCuaig will be helping players to reach that potential.
“Our goals this season are to be better and raise our expectations on an individual level,” said McCuaig. “If everyone does their job, the team will finish further up.”
The team will play seven more games during the month of October, including matches against Semiahmoo A2, Vancouver, Port Moody, Seattle, North Delta, and Mission.