2017-12-07 / Sports

Seniors set to lead Tigers

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

The Biddeford boys hockey team had a solid campaign last season, finishing 10-8 and advancing to the Class A South quarterfinals.

The Tigers return much of the same core, and a roster that includes a whopping 11 seniors. Having that experience has already paid off, and the Tigers are prepared to kick off the 2017-18 winter.

“It’s been a great four years for us so we have a lot of chemistry. We know what the next move should be and we have a really great bond throughout the seniors. That’s good for us for sure,” said senior captain Logan Magnant.

“It’s big — we have a lot of kids that have been playing since freshman year. We have a lot of younger kids that we can hopefully pass that experience on to and hopefully they can get it by the end,” added fellow senior captain Colin Lavigne.

Second year coach Jason Tremblay has also enjoyed working with this group, and admits that it has been easier so far in year 2 versus year 1.

“It’s great — this is my second year with these guys and it takes a year to get to know the staff. I think this year we’ve started out on a great foot, we have some young players to mix in with the 11 seniors that we have. We are going to do well with that,” said Tremblay. “It’s been a lot easier — installing stuff they know, they know how you run things so it’s easier for them. We’ve picked it up, the young guys have picked it up, the seniors are a good bunch and it’s a lot of fun working with them.”

On paper, this club looks poised to be the best Biddeford team in a handful of years. The Tigers are experienced, deep, and talented heading into the season. Although a state championship could be within reach, the Tigers have been trying to keep things in perspective.

“We have so much skill this year ... we know that we can take this as far as everyone wants to take it. We just need to make sure that we bond together as a team and work hard every practice at 100 percent. We have potential for sure, but we’re setting the bar low,” said Magnant. “We want to go out there and win playoff games but we’re not thinking state championship right away. We just want to work hard to get to the state championship.”

“Our first step is winning that first playoff game which we haven’t been able to do. We’re just going to have to work hard, and when you see us out there every single game we’re going to be competing,” added Lavigne. “We’re just going to go out there and compete — that’s all we can do and that’s all we can ask for from everyone in the locker room. We have their backs, they have our backs.”

Magnant is also looking forward to getting to know the younger players that are stepping up.

“We have a great incoming freshman class too — a lot of talent and a lot of skill. As long as we get that chemistry with those guys and get them in the jive then we’ll be fine. It will be a great thing for them and us,” Magnant said.

Tremblay is also confident in his club, and expects the Tigers to work hard to achieve their goals this year.

“The ceiling is as high as it wants with these guys. They can do what they want — they just have to put their mind to it, we talk about getting better every day,” said Tremblay. “The games take care of themselves, you just have to get into the playoffs and go from there.”

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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