LUCAN — A rough start to the season has the Lucan Irish so far at six straight losses and no wins as of yet.
The Irish took on the Aylmer Spitfires on Oct. 1 and lost 4-2, adding to an already disappointing losing streak this season.
Scoring for Lucan was Darby Tyndall, on an assist by Nicholas Hutton, and Noah Jesson on a power play, assisted by Eric Guay and Jakob Neubauer.
Head coach Jason Smith said his team has been focusing on a more defensive strategy on the ice this season, since the team is made up of mostly younger players.
Despite the early losses, Smith thinks the team will continue what they’ve been doing as they learn to gel as a team.
“Right now, we’re trying to keep with it and trying to stay focused,” he said. “We just have to continue working and we’re going to get better as we go.”
Many of the team’s players this year have never played junior hockey before, and need to adjust to the longer playing periods and the toll it takes on their physical endurance.
Nathan Marcil, 20, is one of the older players on the team and has been put to good use as a forward.
“Nathan Marcil has really stepped up as a leader,” Smith said.
Marcil is one of only five veteran players currently with the team, along with other Darby Tyndall, Conner Lyttle, Tyler Beattie and Kyle Dama.
The season is just getting started and more than 30 games remain, meaning Lucan still has time to turn things around.
Earlier this year the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League joined the other seven Junior C leagues in the Ontario Hockey Association to create the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and was renamed the Yeck Division. It will be an uphill climb for the Lucan Irish, currently sitting at the bottom of the PJHL Yeck Division standings.
Thamesford is just above Lucan, so far with five losses and one win.
Lucan and Thamesford will face off against each other Oct. 8 in Lucan.