In sports winning is often contagious. A solid win here reaps substantial winning streaks there and a winning season takes shape thereafter.
However many times the first win is a tough one for a team, as the Eats Blazers can attest.
The Blazers nabbed their first win of the 2009 WestTel Youth Roller Hockey League last Saturday at the WestTel Arena of Kings Sports Centre.
Armed with a renewed vigour on offense the squad trampled on the Animal House Penguins 12-5.
Joe Purton was easily the player of the game for the Blazers as he turned in an epic five-point haul.
Dylan Windsor (four), Danny Link (three) and Zach Alpert (three) were the other point scorers for the Blazers.
James Priaulx was the player of the game for the Penguins with two points and relentless effort.
Priaulx would have help on the score sheet thanks to points from Joshua McCartney (four), Morgan McCartney (two), Zach Bodden and Jamie Williams (one apiece).
The win for Eats puts their record to 1-4. Though the team sits squarely in the league cellar the squad is now within shouting distance of the top clubs.
Meanwhile Animal House sees another setback in their chase of league leader KPMG as the loss puts the Penguins in second at 2-2-1.
One side who Eats could over-take is the 2-3 LOM Capitals. LOM lost it last game on this past Saturday 11-7 to the undefeated 4-0-1 KPMG Senators.
Front-line player Cameron Galloway was the lone bright spot for LOM with five points and player of the game honours.
Chipping in points for LOM were Ethan Hersant (four), Graeme Hill, Ethan Brogess and Max Schipperheijn (all with one).
Adam McWatt had three points and player of the game honours for KPMG while Matt Somerville paced the Senators with eight points.