ARIZONA HOCKEY UNION
AHU Bantam Black team facing early challenges head-on day, lost to the Oilers on Friday night 5-3, defeated the San Diego Jr. Gulls 6-1 Saturday afternoon and then played the Jr. Gulls again on Sunday night and took a 7-1 in the semifinals. “I liked our players’ tenacity and work ethic,” Pinti said. “Plenty to work on but having 15 of 16 returning players from last year’s state champion Pee Wee team,
skill and size.” And when it comes to team chemistry, Pinti said it’s or the Arizona Hockey Union’s Bantam Black team, been “solid” so far. the 2018-19 season will be one chock-full of new “Details deliver and culture wins,” said Pinti. “Our challenges. team motto is ‘Desire, Discipline, Dedication.’ We have With body contact and checking at the top of the a great group of kids who every time they step on the list, head coach Jim Pinti has been tackling those conice want to get better and learn the game to take it to cepts during practices with the first-year Bantam club. a higher level. Also, I can’t express enough what a “The process for teaching checking? Hit or get great group of families these kids come from and the hit,” Pinti said. “You either like it or you don’t. We amount of support we have from parents is just phehave battle drills, 1-on-1, 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 battle nomenal.” drills down low. Keep preaching head up and crisp Moving forward, the Bantam Black squad will have quick passing as to not get one of their teammates lit challenges, but facing them down and succeeding is up because of a soft pass.” what Pinti wants to see happen. As to his philosophy in teaching Bantam-aged “Playing Tier II as a first-year Bantam team will players, Pinti said the expectations are simple. present its challenges but I expect this group to finish “First and foremost, the kids need to have fun and in the top four of the league,” said Pinti. “Realisticalmust want to compete,” said Pinti. “We want respectly, we’re looking to win 60 percent of regular-season ful players both on and off the ice and they must be games, score three or more goals each game and a good teammate. We need to pay attention to detail give up three or less goals every game.” and play a fast-paced style of hockey. Players know This year’s Bantam Black team is made up of they have a constructive input when it comes to team The AHU Bantam Black squad got off to a winning start to the ’18-19 forwards Matthew Benzing, Cole Brown, Camseason, capturing the Fun In The Sun tournament in San Diego over eron Cable, Jeremiah Girnt, Sean Haggard, Kai goals and objections. “We will not be outworked and will be a well-con- Labor Day Weekend. Hohoff, River Lewis, Beauwin Maher and Tyler ditioned team.” we are in a great position to excel as a first-year Bantam Shin; defensemen Zach Delsante, Owen Johnson, Over Labor Day Weekend to open the season, the team. We need to work on keeping heads up, speed Nathan McClure, Kyra Mittendorf, Sydney Pinti Knights traveled to San Diego and won their division through the neutral zone and positioning. and Josh Sherman; and goaltenders Rocco Ferrara in the Fun In The Sun tournament at the Iceplex and “I also like the fact that we have 10 players who have and Nathan Graybill. San Diego Ice Arena, edging the SDIA Oilers 3-2 in the been together since Squirts. The 15 out of 16 players Joining Pinti on the bench are assistant coaches Dachampionship game. back from last year and the three solid pickups we add- vis Dryden, Brian Lewis and Dave Paliwodzinski. AHU downed the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils 7-1 on Fri- ed this year really round out a balanced roster of speed, The team manager is Katrina Delsante. By Matt Mackinder
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