Tigers’ 16U AA Black team finding chemistry equals success
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For some teams, playing six games in five days can be an inconvenience, but the Colorado Springs Tigers 16U AA Black team prefers to use a situation like that as a measuring tool.
The Tigers started the season playing in the Denver Pioneer Classic over Labor Day weekend, losing in the championship finals to the Foothills Flyers.
Tigers coach Mike Greene took the loss and turned it into a positive.
“With that many games in a short period, you will have some ups and downs and see what you have to work with moving forward,” said Greene. “We know now where we need to be.”
Greene added that as the season progresses, the coaching staff has “very high expectations for this group.”
“We will work hard, have fun and get better,” said Greene. “Early on, our chemistry is as good as I have seen in my 20-plus years of coaching. The players are having fun at practice, games, off-ice workouts, and are working really hard. It doesn’t matter what they are doing – they enjoy being around each other and are willing to battle for each other.”
Greene’s team includes five players that were selected to this past summer’s USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Camp in Salt Lake City – Sam Feamster, Alex Enegren, Tylor Greene, Nick Darrow and Corbin Cockerill – and said he also feels confident with the team’s goalies in Eric Buchholz and Addison Zeich. Assistant coaches Dave Feamster and Jed Snyder are “great teachers of the game,” according to Greene.
“We have 11 players from our Bantam AA last year on this team and they have welcomed the new guys in and it’s about this team, not last year’s teams or where you’re from,” Greene said. “Our captains (Feamster, Greene and Adam Alldredge) have done an amazing job making sure that everyone is having fun, working hard and are accountable.”
— Matt Mackinder