EDSS hockey off to a strong start
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EDSS hockey off to a strong start

The Elmira District Secondary School boys’ and girls’ hockey teams are off to strong starts to their seasons. Post_edssGirlsHockey
The girls, traditionally a powerhouse in Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association action, are at it again this year.
With a 6-0-2 record, they sit atop the standings.
“It’s one of those teams that always seems to do well,” coach Steve Karn said. “We were trying to figure out the last time we lost a regular season game, and you’ve got to go back a long ways. Last year we played all 12 regular-season games and never lost and won the (WCSSAA) championship.”
While a number of key players from last year’s squad graduated, the team remains very talented, Karn said.
“We’ve got a good core group of players and we are very solid from the goaltending, the defense and we have three good lines. We’ll give anybody a good run, that’s for sure.”
The boys’ team is off to a 5-2-1 start, good enough for third place in their pool.
“We as coaches are very pleased,” coach Dave Munro said. “We have gotten off to a 5-2-1 start and the one loss was a one-goal game against a very good (Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School) team, which could have gone either way. Our goaltending has been excellent this season with both goalies playing outstanding when they get the start. Our offense has been efficient so far, scoring 18 goals in the first five games. Defensively we have been sound, only giving up seven goals over that five-game span. Our returning players have done a great job leadership-wise on and off of the ice, and the new players have fit in very well.”
They’ve got a good shot at making a deep run this season, he added.
“Overall our best asset as a team is our work ethic. We are a tough team to play against because we work hard for three periods and are disciplined in our positioning and systems. As a coaching staff we are very pleased with our success thus far in the season and we hope to continue our winning ways throughout the second half of the season. Our goal is to finish with a record that allows us to have a home playoff game in the first round of the playoffs and from there once we are in, anything can happen.”
After the holiday break, the boys will take on Bluevale Collegiate Institute at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Moses Springer Community Centre in Waterloo.
The girls will square off with Preston High School at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7 on home ice.

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