Over the years the Appleby Sharks have been synonymous with the upper echelon of youth hockey. So far in 2011 the side has lived up to that billing.
Heading into this month Appleby are a resounding 10-1 and 10 points clear atop the PeeWee division of the Logic Youth Roller Hockey League. Appleby have always had a sharp offence and this year they lead the pack in scoring with 78 goals scored. Among the top scorers is Josiah Derksen (35 points), Tynan Klein (34 points) and Adam Stainrod (23 points).
Appleby recently added to their win total with a resounding 8-1 victory over the Vampt Oilers. Vampt are near the bottom of the standings with a 3-6 mark though they boast the league’s fifth-leading scorer in Marc Reid (27 points).
In the match it was Derksen of the Sharks that shined the brightest with five points to earn player of the game honours. For Vampt Bryce Towell stood out for his defensive efforts.
The Sharks’ quest for another youth hockey title got an unexpected boost from a recent upset. The Conyers Canucks may be third in the standings but they slipped up to bottom club the Stuarts Panthers.
League-leading scorer Alex Agemian (36 points) had just one point against the Panthers while the Hersant brothers, Aaron and Ethan, combined for 11 points for Stuarts.
At this point the standings show Appleby are well on their way. Second place club the KPMG Senators are just 5-5 with the squad’s biggest threat being prodigy Jagger Hope (fourth in scoring with 31 points).
Every other team, from Conyers down to Stuarts, have a losing record. Then again all of those teams have scored at least 50 goals in 11 games so the offensive potential is there to create intrigue in the latter stages.
Over in the Atom division the picture is not so clear. The Eats Blazers have 17 points and are just five ahead of the Cedrus Capitals. Both clubs slipped up recently with losses to the last place Animal House Penguins and a Weststar Wild team that has a losing record.
Eats do have their division’s most potent offence though. In fact the side boasts three players in the top five in scoring: Jered Holmes (first with 37 points scored), Kai Robinson-Allard (third with 26 points) and David Pitcairn (fifth with 23 points).
Finally in the Novice 8U division no one side has been stellar. In fact it is the most competitive group in the league. A recent match day proved that as the Walkers Blue Iguanas had their third straight tie to start the Spring.
The side had a 4-4 result against the dms Bruins. Blue Iguanas players Jacob Van Duyhoven and Joshua Small stood out for their defensive efforts while Bruins forward Jabari Walrond netted himself four points on the day.
Meanwhile the Dart Ducks and XN Financial Flames entertained with a high-scoring match that saw 20 goals scored. In the end the Flames proved stronger, putting down the Ducks 12-8.
Top players were Callum Smith and William Priaulx of Dart and Evin Johnson of XN Financial.
Matches in the Logic Youth Roller Hockey are played every Saturday at Kings Sports Centre. For more information e-mail the league director at [email protected]