The Burger King Whoppers are strong contenders in the 10 and Under division of the youth roller hockey league at Kings Sports Centre.
Coached by Rich Hastings, the Whoppers have the leadership to take them to the championship this December. On the rink, there is veteran guidance as the squad boasts experienced players – namely, Nathan Hughes, Andy Hastings, and Connor Finch. Burger King also boasts a prerequisite for every championship contender – great two-way hockey players – in the form of Henri Marineau, Andrew Weber, Andrew Peene and Jagger Linford. Many of those same players guided Burger King to the 8 and Under division crown last year.
For all of those positives, the results show a unit in transition – working on gelling as a team. Burger King began the season with a very close game against the Deloitte Devils, but lost a nail-biter in the last minute of the game. They have also faced the very tough KPMG Canucks, who have beaten them twice so far. As a result, the squad sits third in the current standings with a 2-5 record. The 1-6 Stars are fourth, while the frontrunners are 7-0 KPMG and 4-3 Deloitte.
Burger King’s latest result was a 8-1 loss at the hands of Deloitte. Finch scored the only goal for the Whoppers, while Molly Kehoe, Cameron Smith and Ethan Edwards led the Devils to victory. Finch is currently fourth in the division in scoring with 15 goals while Kehoe sets the pace with 29 goals.
Going forward, the team’s strength rests in a strong defense, which has allowed the second-fewest goals – 42 – in the division. The team is currently working on puck movement in order to increase offensive output. The current statistics show they have scored a division-low 35 goals. With a sharp defense already in place, Coach Hastings says it is crucial that they improve in the offensive zone.
“As we head into the second half of the season and into the playoffs, the Whoppers are looking to make a strong push for their second consecutive junior Cherry Cup,” Hastings said.
Burger King are next in action on Nov. 7, taking on KPMG at 6:30 p.m. Stars challenge Deloitte on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
A number of teams are doing well elsewhere in the league. Ecay Traders, 6-1, sit atop the 13 and Under division, with the Hudson Hawks, 5-1-1, in hot pursuit. Kai Allard of Ecay has a division-high 25 goals. The 4-1-3 PwC Predators top the 8 and Under division ahead of the 4-4 Blackhawks and 3-1-4 Canadiens. Lachlin Lambert of the Canadiens (43 goals) and Gavin Sunley of the Canadiens (41 goals) are in a fierce battle for the scoring championship.