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MINOR HOCKEY - Cement Major Midgets
Submitted By Pete Frehner on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Cement Major Midgets are a ‘work in progress’‘BB’ team
has five returnees from a year ago

By Pat Payton

The Cement ‘BB’ Major Midgets are a “work in progress,” the coaching staff says.The 2018-19 edition of the Cement men has just a couple of wins in Shamrock League action to date, but the coaches see light at the end of the tunnel.

“The attitude is totally different this year,” head coach Brent Nairn told the Independent recently. “We have a terrific attitude; the bench is positive. Now, we just have to carry it onto the ice.”

Nairn has two defencemen, one forward and two goalies back from last year’s team.

“It’s pretty well a new roster,” Nairn says. “We have quite a few players from last year’s Minor Midget team. Everything is right there; we just have to fine-tune. Sometimes we get away from the simple things.

“We’ve been working hard at practice on our breakouts. We need to get more shots on net and we have to fine-tune our goal-scoring. We have to create goals through hard work.”

It’s Nairn’s second year at the helm of the Cement Midgets, and his fourth season coaching at the Midget level. Helping Nairn are assistant coaches Bob Davis, Ken Schiedel and Kyle Spence, and team manager is Pete Frehner.

“We’ve got some great veteran coaches in Bob and Kenny; they bring a lot to this team,” Nairn says.


Forward Lake Taylor (88), of the Cement ‘BB’ Major Midgets, leads a rush against the South Huron Sabres from Exeter during a recent Shamrock League game at the PRC. This past week, the Cement men earned SHL wins against Lambeth and Mooretown.  (Payton photo)

Team work needed

Davis, who has now coached in the SMMHA for 24 seasons, says the big task is getting this year’s Midget team to play as a unit.

“We have a lot of potential talent, but we have to teach them how to play as a team,” he said. “We have to figure out who has chemistry on our (forward) lines, and that’s just trial and error.

“But the boys are keen. It’s the first Midget team I’ve seen in a long time where they are keen to learn. The key is to get them to play as a unit when they’re on the ice. But it’s coming.”

Davis says this year’s team has speed, and the players have lots of hockey sense.

“We have to put those two things together, but our passing needs a lot of work,” he notes. “And we have to anticipate where to be on the ice when we don’t have the puck. If we can learn that, we can keep up with any team.”

Davis says any team plays the way it practices.

“If you practice hard, you’ll reap the benefits of it. You carry that into games. You don’t get anything without working, but you have to work as a team. Will beats skill anytime; you have to want it more than the other team.”

2018-19 team roster

The 2018-19 Cement ‘BB’ Major Midgets’ roster is as follows: Zach Hall, Dylan Lucas, Aidan Aarts, Sam Bolton, captain Blake Boreham, Julien Boyer, Spencer Frayne, George Hensel, Thomas Kiestra, Josh Mailloux, Josh McCurdy, Justin Nairn, Eric Taylor, Lake Taylor, Curtis Topp, Sam Watt and Jacob Wiles.


--In a Shamrock League game last Thursday night, a third-period goal by Josh McCurdy lifted the Cement Midgets to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Lambeth Lancers. George Hensel, Lake Taylor and Curtis Topp scored the other St. Marys goals, and Zach Hall got the net win.

The win avenged a 6-2 defeat in Lambeth three nights earlier.

--The Cement men made it two SHL wins in a row with a 2-1 victory in Mooretown this past Saturday. Sam Watt and Lake Taylor scored for St. Marys, and Zach Hall was the winning netminder.

--The Major Midgets lost in the semi-finals at the recent Tillsonburg tournament.

--The Cement Midgets will compete in the Jim Wilson Winter Classic tournament in Orillia this weekend, Nov. 9-11.

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