[templatic_contentbox type=”normal” title=”The Dorchester Dragons Atom AE team”] Back row (left to right): Collin Maxwell, Hunter Soan, Lucas McCague, Kiptyn Glover, Owen Robinson, Cameron Stubgen, Jack Masse, Spencer Erb, Cohen (Coco) Cragg Front row: Troy Glover (head coach), Pete Smith (assistant coach), Carter Neve, Tyler Lapare, Kian Schindler, Jacob MacIntyre, Luke Walsh, Gavin Fournier, Chase Van De Peer, Jack Stead and Eddie Soan (assistant coach) [/templatic_contentbox]
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The Dorchester Dragons Atom AE team enjoyed a strong first half to their 2018-19 hockey season, and they’re now eagerly playing the second half, excited for what’s in store down the stretch.
The first half saw the Dragons post an overall record of 17-7-4 (prior to the Christmas break), which included some big wins in regular season action – and also exciting wins in tournament play.
In fact, the Atom AE squad, which is part of the Dorchester Minor Hockey Association (DMHA), won their first tournament of the year, the St. George Tournament, in convincing fashion. They went 5-1 during the Oct. 19-21 weekend, and avenged an earlier loss to the Strathroy Jr. Rockets by beating them 4-1 in the gold-medal game.
“We have an incredible group of kids,” says Troy Glover, the team’s head coach. “They’ve learned to leverage each other’s strengths, and they trust each other, work hard and are able to adapt to different teams quickly.”
Glover, who grew up playing the game himself (including at the Junior B level), says the focus as the players continue to develop will be improving their puck movement, skating and quick-thinking.
“And, most of all,” Glover says, “being a great teammate and individual – both on and off the ice.”
The Dragons are looking to build off a fantastic first half, which also saw them earn a silver medal at the Southpoint Tournament in Leamington (Nov. 23-25) and a gold medal at the Ayr Regional Silver Stick Tournament (Dec. 6-9).
“With the support of the coaches, parents and sponsors [The Mill Pond Tap & Grill, Flight Exec, Performance Painting],” Glover says, “we’re really looking forward to a successful second half of the season!”
Contributions by Troy Glover