Novice Stars Owen Bendfield puts on the pressure Jan. 27 during the team’s home tourney. In this game the Stars played Red Deer Kirk’s Tire coming out with a solid 12-2 win. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Bashaw’s novice Stars managed a solid B-final win at home tourney

Bashaw’s arena was full during the novice tourney that brought hundreds

Bashaw’s novice Stars managed a solid B-final win at their home tourney.

Held over the Jan. 27 weekend, the novice Stars had a fun weekend that brought hundreds of eight teams, plus parents into town and had the arena full to the brim.

For coach Trevor Schoff the weekend, and hockey season, has been fun with lots of growth along the way. “We’re still doing a lot of basic skills at this level.”

“Skating, stopping and turning. Basically, getting them to manoeuvre on their skates,” Schoff added.

He said at this point the skaters are also working on better hockey strategy, which includes an understanding of positions and passing.

As for the tournament, Schoff was glad to see such a large number of teams competing, plus the novice Stars enjoy being able to compete with other teams. On top of that they get more ice time as well.

Before each game the team walked through the halls chanting their Stars’ song to get ready for the games.

Schoff was also pleased to the see the tournament bring in a Heart and Hustle award; after every game a player on each team would receive the award.

As for the tournament, the Stars had a solid run with a 13-6 win against Camrose on the Friday, a 7-4 loss against Stettler the next day, a 12-2 win against Red Deer that same Saturday and then a strong 8-4 win in the B-finals on Sunday against the Caroline Colts.

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