Exhibition games to help Phantoms decide on lineup

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PARRSBORO The Fundy Junior C Phantoms will use a couple of upcoming exhibition games to help pick their roster for the upcoming season, according to team president Paul Morris.

The team will play on Saturday against the North Shore Storm and Sunday against the Harbour Crunch, both games taking place at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill at 2 p.m.

This weekend will tell the coaches what we can do and where were going to be at, said Morris, who coached the team for its first three seasons. Its going to take a lot of work to compete.

The Junior C hockey team was dealt a major blow earlier this summer when it lost two of its strongest players, Cory Bates and Nick Merrill, in a tragic car accident. Both were leaders on and off the ice, and Morris said they have left big shoes to fill.

Numbers have been down at tryouts so far this year, according to the president, who said he hopes to see interest pick up in the weeks ahead.

The Springhill Cool Blues Junior B team made its final cuts last week, but there is no word if any of those players will be wearing Phantoms uniforms this year.

We hope to get some Blues players, but apparently a couple are going back to midget, and a couple were not sure about, he said. Well wait and see on that.

This weekends games will probably be followed by another tryout and one more exhibition game before the roster is determined, according to Morris.

Off the ice, the team is probably in its best shape yet, having solidified its sponsorship base under a strong, new executive.

Upcoming fundraisers include a karaoke and silent auction night at the Lamp Cabin in Springhill on Sept. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the raffle of a baby barn being built by the carpentry class at Nova Scotia Community College with materials donated by Hoegs Lumber in Athol.

Tickets are $5 each for the silent auction and karaoke night, and will include a free draught and eligibility for a door prize. Tickets for the baby barn, which will be drawn for on Oct. 14, are available from any team member or executive member

A trailer is also being built by team executive members Kevin and Peter Misken, Paul Atkinson and Kevin St. Peter to haul the teams equipment. Supplies for this project have been donated by D. R. Martin Metal, MBB Power Systems and Harrisons Home Hardware.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, MBB Power Systems

Geographic location: Springhill, Athol

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