Thus far the Barracudas have had a forgettable 2011 season. However the ball hockey side hopes to salvage some positives within the last five weeks of the season.
Their first step on the road to recovery begins on Thursday 5 May at 8pm. The side takes on the CIBC Islanders at the Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre. The match, part of the 2011 Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League, features a pair of clubs toiling away at the bottom of the standings. While the Islanders are hovering around .500, the Barracudas are mired in the cellar.
On paper there is a lot that’s off about the Barracudas. For starters they have scored a paltry 23 goals, fewest in the competition. Granted ageless veteran Mark Thompson has done well, nabbing eight points off seven goals. Also teenage sensation Brad Galbraith has contributed with six points off five assists.
However a number of notable players have not stepped up. In particular Dan Allard, a big part of the offence last year, has only managed three goals and five points. Even more telling is the lack of production from hockey veterans Rob Seward and Rob Leadbetter who have combined for just two goals. Seward was a top ten scorer for much of last season.
Maybe the most disheartening statistic is the overall team defence. Captain Darryl Hather may steady the defensive end of the court but it has been rough. The Barracudas have allowed a league-high 40 goals heading into this week.
Other than the decline of the Barracudas, one of the big stories this season is the excellence of last year’s champions the BDO Pirates. They face the Sharks, the team they beat in last year’s finals, on Thursday at 9pm. Both sides are near the top of the standings.