Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves have a perfect record nine games into the 2017-2018 Great North Midget Hockey League regular season. But the North Bay Trappers are keeping pace with the Nickel Capital Wolves in the race between major midget powerhouses.
As the Nickel Capital Wolves have a record of 9-0-0 and have out-scored the opposition 62-16 to date, the Trappers are off to a 7-0-1 start. Not quite as overpowering as Sudbury, North Bay has out-scored its opponents 49-18 through eight games.
At any rate, the Nickel Capital Wolves will play host to the Telus Cup national major midget hockey tournament next spring and head coach Peter Michelutti Jr. said he is not surprised by his team’s overpowering start to the 2017-2018 campaign.
“The group of kids we have, we have a really good nucleus,” Michelutti told Postmedia. “We’ve been able to work on a few things earlier on and the stuff we haven’t gotten to, most of the guys on the team kind of understand the logistics and what they have to do. It’s the advantage of having to not really teach new things earlier on and hopefully that gives us a higher ceiling that we can work towards.”
Despite the scintillating start to the season that has included three convincing wins over their arch-rival Soo Greyhounds, Michelutti believes there is room for the Nickel Capital Wolves to improve.
“There’s a lot to improve on,” Michelutti said. “We know we’re hosting a national championship (tournament) and having the good core back, we knew we’d be a little bit older and a little bit stronger than some of the teams in our league.
“It’s looking right now like it’s going to be the top two, top three teams in the league competing at the end,” Michelutti continued. “So there are going to be some games where you’re competing with some teams that are little bit younger, that is to our advantage.
“Our biggest thing we have to improve on is to make sure that when we’re playing a team that we’re a little bit stronger than, how do we still play hockey and get away from developing bad habits.”
As the Nickel Caps will be playing host to the Telus Cup next spring, they will get an automatic entry into the national tournament for doing so.
As previously noted, the Nickel Capital Wolves have dominated the Greyhounds through three head-to-head matches thus far this season.
Not only have the Nickel Capital Wolves won all three games against the Greyhounds, all three victories have come in the Soo — by scores of 7-2, 6-1 and 8-0.