Tough season comes to close for Junior C team
The final home game for the Fundy Phantoms Sunday was a win for the team, their second of the season, as they defeated the Chester Clippers, 4-1. Steve Filmore and Ryan Arbing both picked up two points in Sundays game.
Parrsboro - With a season ending record of 2-26-0-2 it would be easy to conclude that the Fundy Phantoms had a dismal season in the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League.
But for first year coach Joel Stronge, coaching the team was a very positive experience.
It was frustrating that we didnt do better, Stronge said. But the boys gave it everything they had each night, so thats all I could ask for.
The former Cumberland County Cool Blues captain took the reigns of the team at the beginning of the season and said its been a real learning experience.
Its a much more complex game than I had imagined, Stronge said. There are a lot of small details you have to pay attention to. You have to be aware of so many things that are going on at once. Its really changed the way I look at the game.
Stronge said he had a great group of young players.
I learned a lot from them and hopefully they learned a few things from me.
The team finished the season at home on a high note by winning their second game of the season by a score of 4-1 over the Clippers.
The Phantoms previous win, also over the Clippers, occurred Dec. 16, in Parrsboro.
Anytime you can get a win is nice, Stronge said. But it felt good to finish the season off with a win at home.
Despite the tough season Stronge would like nothing more than to give it another go next season.
I loved coaching and Id love to do it again if theyd have me back, Stronge said. Next year, with a different approach and some fund raising in the summer, we should have a more successful hockey season.