The Princeton Posse continues to melt the ice during the early weeks of the 2022-23 season.
Following two wins at home over the weekend, against the Kelowna Chiefs, the Posse is back on top of the Bill Ohlhausen Division with 12 points, and sits fourth overall in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
“I think as far as starts go, we couldn’t be much happier than where things are at present,” said general manager Mark McNaughton.
The Posse boasts the lowest goals against in the league, 18 allowed in eight games. It’s a feat McNaughton credits to hardworking defense and solid goal tending.
“It’s a nice thing to have. It allows the team to play with confidence,” he said.
“It’s really everybody up and down the line, and right now we have three rookie goaltenders and they’ve all given us a chance to win every game.”
The Posse may hold on to all its net minders.
“A lot of teams can or do carry three right through a season…Especially with three young guys, I’m very happy to carry three for now,” McNaughton said.
“(Goalie) Ethan Rau is certainly a kid who comes here with some pedigree and he really does a nice job of separating himself from the other players in our league.”
The Posse is seventh in the league of 19 teams for goals scored, with 28.
McNaughton said the coming weekend will be a real test for the squad, as the players face Revelstoke, second in the league, and Summerland, sitting right behind the Posse in the number five spot.
The results “will be a good benchmark for our group.”
Both games are at home.
“We are excited to the attendance at home games and we are excited to keep it going. We’ll hopefully give the town something to come out and see for the rest of the season.”
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