This has been a very good week for the Jr. Flyers ’05 team. After winning the prestigious 2018 CCM Invite 200x85 tournament in Nashville, TN this past weekend, the team learned early this morning that it is now ranked 7th in the nation according to myhockeyrankings.com.
“I couldn’t be happier for our team” stated head coach Tyler Hostetter. “This is an exceptional group of kids. They all get along, work hard and support each other. It is a true family environment” concluded Hostetter.
In 19 games so far, the ‘05’s have a very impressive 16-3 (.842%) record and have scored 92 goals during that time. Despite having three forwards with over thirty points respectively and three blueliners who each have fifteen points, “we possess a balanced scoring attack from our core group” said Hostetter.
It’s one thing to score goals. It’s another thing to prevent them. And the ‘05’s have done just that: limiting opponents to just 27 goals.
“Assistant coaches Joel Albano, Jerry Marks and me really preach backchecking” said Hostetter. “By doing this, it allows our dmen to limit the gap, move the puck out of the dzone quickly and jump into the play” stated Hostetter.
And when things breakdown – and they do – they are backstopped by arguably the best goaltending tandem in the area with Dylan Krick and Ryno Harris (who is an ’06 playing up).
Between the two netminders, they have a combined eleven shutouts with each possessing over an .900 save percentage.
The players have bought into “the next man up” philosophy preached by the coaching staff when a teammate gets hurt, enabling everyone to be on the same page. “This is my fifth year of coaching, and I can honestly say that this is the best group of players and kids that I have ever coached” Hostetter said.
With over 45 games remaining in the regular season, Hostetter had one goal for his team: to go deep into the playoffs.