December 27, 2014
This is a hockey gang that is getting stronger.
With a record of 10-0-2 in its last 12 outings, Detroit Fighting Irish is in sole possession of second spot as the Midwest Jr. Hockey League moves towards the 2015 portion of the season.
Not since a 9-2 pasting at the hands of the Traverse City Hounds back on November 14 has the Fighting Irish gone a game without collecting a point.
The 10-0-2 streak that the Irish is on since November 14 has lifted the Downriver Detroiters two points ahead of the third-place MC Monarchs and within two points of league-leading Traverse City, though the Hounds do hold five games in hand.
Still, with a record of 21-6-3 through 30 games, the Irish is serving notice of what it is capable of, according to coach-general manager Dan Vasquez.
It was in mid-November — just after losing to MC for the third time in as many starts — when Vasquez told HockeyNewsNorth.com that “we are losing too many games that we should be winning.”
Well, the Fighting Irish followed a loss to MC on November 12 with that 9-2 setback to Traverse City on November 14.
But the luck of the Irish has turned around in a big way since with that 10-0-2 run — including two wins over MC — that has it ahead of the Monarchs and chasing the Hounds.
The Fighting Irish has six players with more than 20 points through 30 games of this 2014-2015 campaign.
Ken Winter leads the way with 27 goals, 21 assists, 48 points followed by James Smith at 11-24-35, Jacob Hernandez at 19-12-31, Eric Long at 11-17-28, Robert Danyo at 9-15-24 and Chuck Hicks at 13-9-22.
What you think about “Irish strength”
All of this w-out a #1 Goalie. Dan needs to decide on 2 goalies and stop with this 4 man system in my opinien. Goalie’s need to play to be sharp if ya were to ask me.
RR, very reliable source says the Pilon boys are practising with the London Knights. This would be fantastic and not surprising as they are definately Dale Hunter type players and have tremendous grit and work ethic, along with talent. However, and not to get too far ahead of things, last time I checked, London Knights are part of Hockey Canada and is it not taboo for a HC member team/official to sign a player who has played with the “dark side” (aka, outlaw leagues)????
I know all about the Pilon boys. Your sources are comparable to mine.
Irish have 4 goalies cause none of them are no good enuf to be a starter. Irish are going no where fast.
MC Irishman ur a fu–king looser !!!!!
Well pointed out as usual Randy . . . another good article.