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Friday, July 12, 2024
A Canadian snow day for peewee Wolves


A major storm didn’t stop the NOTL BB peewee Wolves from preparing for their next game.

“It’s not enough snow for us to cancel the practice,” joked Adam Whyte, the Niagara-on-the-Lake peewee reps’ coach. The team gathered at Meridian Credit Union Arena Tuesday afternoon, despite snow and freezing rain warnings, to practise before Thursday’s Ontario Minor Hockey Association quarterfinal playoff game against the Lincoln Blades.

The Wolves faced the Blades Monday night, skating to a 3-1 win. NOTL is up four points to two, with a 2-1 record in the series.

“Every game you win is worth two points. The first team to six points wins,” said Whyte. “It was a close game. But we pulled it out, it was pretty exciting,” he said. “Lincoln Blades is a really good hockey team, too.”

Games can end in a tie after a 10-minute overtime period.

This is Whyte’s first year coaching the Wolves and he said he loves it.

“It’s a lot of fun to be able to pass on the skillset to the next generation of kids. I just enjoy it,” he said. “The best part is seeing them having fun and getting excited, especially during the playoffs right now.”

Coaching also comes with some challenges.

“When it comes to playoff time, it is trying to stay equal with (players’) ice time and getting everyone involved,” said Whyte. “That’s the most challenging – keeping the kids entertained, keeping them in for practices, keeping them working hard and not letting off the gas.”

“I think we’ll win. I hope we win.”

The Wolves need one more win to advance to the semifinals and they will get that chance when they play Lincoln in Virgil on Thursday night.

Game time is 6:50 p.m. The winner of this series plays the winner of a quarterfinal between Caledonia and St. Marys.

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