The MacGregor Wild are enjoying a hot start to the 2022-23 Tiger Hills Hockey League season. The club remains undefeated with a record of 3-0. Head coach, Keith Anderson, says they've shown a lot of discipline thus far.
"We have four lines that can really bring the game to life for us. They battle hard every shift, they block shots, and they find the net. All four lines are able to find the net," Anderson continues. "They battle adversity. So, when things are going against us, and we're kind of getting our heels pushed back, they keep their tempers in check. I think in our three games, we've had, maybe, three penalties."
Anderson says when you can win the special teams battle, it makes everything else a lot easier for everyone, including himself. He notes they've kept it simple in the early going, and that's worked in their favour.
"We're not a big team. There are a lot of teams out there that are bigger than us and hit harder than us but we stay in the game. We take the hits and give the hits. We play smart hockey. One thing we're pretty good at, too, is making our passes and getting shots on net. We're averaging over 30 shots per game."
The bench boss says they've added more depth this season as they've brought in some younger players to mix in with the team's veterans. Anderson believes they've been getting help from all areas, which has improved their confidence level.
While they are having a great start to the season, Anderson wants to make sure they take things one game at a time.
"For the outcome of the season, it's too early to say anything. Anything can happen. We have new teams in the league, including Miniota/Elkhorn, and they're a strong team. They have the Bowles boys (Shawn Bowles and Brad Bowles), and you know what they did with the Terriers (Shawn had 163 points in three seasons, and Bradley put up 202 in three seasons)," Anderson continues. "So, we'll worry about that when we get there. As far as goals, we're just going to take each game one at a time."
Anderson is a first-year head coach for the Wild and says he's been enjoying being behind the bench immensely. He adds the fan base in MacGregor has been great so far this season.
The Wild will look to improve to 4-0 tonight as they host the Hartney Blues at 7:00.