Anthony Sorrentino isn’t troubled by the Pelham Pirates slow start.
“I thought from game one to game eight, we’ve slowly started to get better,” the first-year forward said. “There are still 41 games left so we’ve got tons of hockey left to prove where we stand.”
Bounces haven’t quite gone towards the Pirates advantage and it was evident Friday night. Late in the first period, the puck floats inches away from giving Pelham an early lead. Instead a few minutes later, a collision between teammates searching for a loose puck ended up behind goaltender Matthew Camilleri.
After, St. Catharines quickly put away Pelham with four power play goals in a 6-0 victory.
“We got to keep working at it,” Sorrentino, who leads the Pirates in points, said. “We’re a young team who only had two returning players, so the chemistry is building each game we go into.”
The former North York Midget AAA Rangers player says the team needs to focus on the small. Chances are plentiful, but lack of discipline has kept the Pirates chasing all season.
The six-foot-five, 220-pound forward was drafted by the Kingston Frotiacs in 2013 after putting up consecutive point-per-game seasons with the Rangers. Something he’s continued to do in his first GOJHL season. Despite the bad bounces for his teammates, Sorrentino’s stick has been in the right place.
“I think the entire experience has made my game improve. I’m more than prepared to play as this level and it’s showing early in the season thanks to my teammates.”
Pelham will look to get in the win column Friday with the Fort Erie Meteors return to the Pelham Arena. They will then travel to Brantford on Saturday.
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