Posted at: 12/10/2012 10:06 PM
Updated at: 12/10/2013 4:01 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
The Superior boys are on a winning surge to start the season. Senior Dane Sislo says the Spartans are controlling their own destiny.
"We played a lot of sectional opponents so that will come in handy when we get ranked for playoffs," Sislo said. "If we get the number one seed we'll have home advantage all the way through to the sectional final."
Head coach Jason Kalin says his squad may be a little green, but the will and desire is there.
"We're young, we're small, I think we have some playmakers on the team," Kalin said. "They're motivated, they're positive, and I think they're a nice, tight group."
Trent Olson is one of few seniors on the team helping the new guys learn the ropes. "We're small, but the young guys like to get in the corners," Olson said. "They're small and gritty as well."
Junior wing Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate plays on the Spartans top line, a trio that has already proven its potency.
"Good puck work and just working hard," Wakefield-Zubiate said. "We've been fortunate to get some goals in the net, hopefully we can keep it up all year."
The Spartans have an interesting schedule. They play mostly Wisconsin teams and section opponents early on, and don't face anyone from the Lake Superior Conference until January.
"Hopefully it'll help us later in the year when we come back and play our section opponents. Hopefully we'll improve," Wakefield-Zubiate said.
This could be an advantage for Superior. Tough competition means they'll have to play their best hockey late in the season.
"It allows us to peak at the right time of the year and hopefully move into the playoffs playing a playoff schedule," Kalin said.
The Spartans are gunning for a return trip to state. So far, so good.