Posted at: 11/27/2012 10:37 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2012 10:38 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
The Denfeld Hunters may be underestimated in the Lake Superior Conference. They're a young team, but head coach Kevin Smalley says his guys have the drive to get the job done.
"I don't think a lot of people expect us to be competitive this year since we lost a lot of seniors last year," Smalley said. "But these guys want to win."
Junior center Steven MacIver says his teammates are playing energetic, well rounded hockey.
"We work really hard, we're pretty good on the penalty kill, on the power play we can score, we have good goaltending and defense on top of that," MacIver said.
The Hunters are leaning on their experienced defensemen while mixing new players into their attack.
"As far as the forward lines, we have a lot of guys bucking for a job, which is a good thing at practice," Smalley said.
Denfeld plays in one of the toughest sections in Minnesota. To stay competitive, senior forward Alex Thompson wants the Hunters to bring their A-game every time they take the ice.
"It's not just the section wins, you gotta win all the games," Thompson said. "You gotta compete in those section games. You gotta want those wins the most."
That winning attitude is forged during practice.
"We all just want to compete more. We really want to win. That's our focus," MacIver said. "Winning, play as a team, play consistent, and work hard every day."
Hard work builds character, and that's exactly what Coach Smalley sees in these boys.
"It's character that makes us compete. I really believe that," Smalley said. "If you have character, guys in that locker room like we do, you can compete."