Posted on: September 25, 2013
Don Schulz is the head coach of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League TRU WolfPack. He is into his third year as head coach.
Last weekend we travelled to Calgary and made some history. We were the first BC team to win the SAIT Icebreaker tourney in its 25 year history. We had two very hard fought games tying the first one 2-2 against Red Deer and won 4-1 against SAIT going undefeated and the tourney title. The Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference (ACAC) Hockey League is arguably the strongest in Canada. SFU was also there finishing second, so for us to have that kind of success bodes well not only for our programs but for our league as well.
As a team we really came together and played the kind of hockey that will make us successful. Our speed on the rush, the grit and team play was all good. Systematically we were good in some areas and a little ratty in others. Our 1-2-2 forecheck in the Offensive and Neutral zones was suspect at times and excellent at other times. Defensive zone and transition was ok as well, but got better as the weekend progressed.
This week I’ve introduced another breakout option incorporating more motion; we also continue to focus on Defensive zone responsibilities and Special Teams. We will continue to review and practice our Neutral Zone transition, Offensive zone cycle and forecheck systems. Special teams will also continue to be a focus as well. So far our Power Play is over 29% and our Penalty Kill is over 92%. Those are both excellent percentages and if those continue into league play will bode well for success.
The guys have continued to work really hard and we have two more practices before we head to Victoria to play our first two league games. Being that UVIC is a league opponent anything can happen. We play the first game at 7:30 pm Friday Sept. 27 and then 12:30 pm Saturday Sept. 28, both at the Ian Stewart Complex.
Given our success last weekend, expectations are high and now the games count for real. It’s imperative to have our ‘A’ game and come out of there with two victories.
Don Schulz, Head Coach
TRU WolfPack Men’s Hockey