The North Star Wolves returned from the Christmas holidays with a game against a good Sandwich team and held their own.
The Wolves hosted the Sabres last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre and the scorekeeper had very little work to do, as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
“It was fun,” said North Star winger Lorelei Gatti. “They have strong players on the other team. I’d say (the game) was pretty good.”
Winger Rayah Crawford added her belief the Wolves played well against Sandwich.
“We held our own. The forwards helped the defense,” said Crawford.
Crawford added they have to improve their offense and get to the net for rebounds.
The Wolves also have to take more time with the puck and pass the puck more.
“We’ve got to take longer strides and get to the net,” stated Gatti.
North Star coach Dan Pettypiece said he and the other coaches were pleased how they played against the Sabres.
“That was a great game. We were very pleased with them despite not having any goals,” said Pettypiece. “You’d like to see some more goals. We tried to create offense. We took time and space away from them in our end. We created some mistakes but we can’t seem to finish the deal.”
Pettypiece said the coaches have seen steady improvement in the Wolves as this season progresses. He cited the recent Cardinal Carter Classic tournament in mid-December as an example, stating while they didn’t win a game, they played well but the results didn’t show up in the standings. The third of three games saw the Wolves create a number of chances against St. Joseph and while Pettypiece said they outplayed them, the Lasers got a goal while the Wolves couldn’t and St. Joseph won 1-0.
One of the messages to the girls is to constantly try to get better every game.
“No one is going to play a perfect game, ever,” he said.
The Wolves were back in action Monday afternoon at home against the Kingsville Cavaliers.
North Star dropped to 1-3-2 on the WECSSAA A/AA season after losing 3-1. June Buchner scored for Noth Star.
North Star played in Essex yesterday afternoon after this issue went to press. Those two teams meet again next Monday in Amherstburg at 3:30 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m., also at the Libro Centre. The Wolves play in Kingsville at 3 p.m. Jan. 23.
Madison Drouillard (9) and Hanna Coulson (7) of the North Star Wolves crash the Sandwich net looking for a scoring chance last Wednesday. The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie.
By Ron Giofu