Posted at: 01/08/2013 9:02 PM
Updated at: 12/10/2013 4:06 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
It's a new year, and the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey team is starting to click. but this season hasn't been without its shakeups.
"We want to try everything possible before playoff time so we've tried everything and not left anything unturned," said Dave Esse, CEC head coach.
After a tough beginning, Esse made some line adjustments to make the Lumberjacks stronger in all aspects of their game.
"I don't want a 7-6 shootout, unless it's the section final and we win," Esse said. "but other than that, we have play better defense, and i think that's the most important thing."
Senior forward Beau Michaud thinks the Lumberjacks are settling into their new roles well. "We have a couple of first years playing, and they're getting rid of their nerves," Michaud said. "So everybody has just been clicking."
One of those younger guys is Dylan Michaud, who is now playing on a line with his brothers, Beau and Westin.
"We've got good chemistry. It's working," Michaud said. "Ever since we've changed we haven't lost a game. It's fun but we can get into arguments. We're brothers."
Captain Drew Dincau believes shaking up the lines has given the whole team a confidence boost.
"I think we've definitely got our momentum rolling now, and I think that'll be good for us heading into the second half of the season, which is probably the toughest part," Dincau said.
"Hopefully we can keep carrying on the whole year how we're playing right now. It'll be pretty good then," said Tanner Robideaux, CEC senior defenseman.
Cloquet hasn't lost in six games. They are playing well, but the Lumberjacks say they haven't peaked quite yet, and their best hockey is yet to come.
"We're gonna get tired, we all know that. It's a long season, so we have to pull out some of these big wins here coming up," Dincau said. "If we can win those we'll be in good shape. We're definitely finding our stride, but yeah I think there's a lot more in us."