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Shannon Moores of the Colemans Western Kings looks up ice during a team practice Wednesday. The Kings clash with the St. John's Privateers Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. at the Pepsi Centre.
CORNER BROOK Shannon Moores believes consistency could be a big factor in climbing up the ladder in the provincial major midget hockey league standings.
âSo far, we havenât been consistent and we have to change that,â Moores said during his lunch break at Corner Brook Regional High Wednesday.
Moores said the Colemans Western Kings have to be prepared to play two games of hockey on a weekend or theyâll have trouble positioning themselves for defence of the crown in a few months time. Last weekend, for example, he said the Kings had a great effort in an 8-2 blowout win over the Privateers on Friday and then the following morning had a lacklustre effort in a 4-1 loss to the second-place St. Johnâs Maple Leafs.
âWe got to play harder the second day because we always have a big first night and then we slack off the next day,â he said. âWe got to get our heads out of the clouds when we win a game and turn around and keep our nose to the grindstone.â
Moores, a 17-year-old Flowerâs Cove native who won a championship with the Kings in his rookie season, has been a model of consistency for his team heading into a two-game showdown against the St. Johnâs Privateers this weekend at the Pepsi Centre in the final action before the league goes on Christmas break.
Moores, who decided to move to Corner Brook at the beginning of the season and stays with his aunt and uncle, is tied in team scoring playing on the Kings potent top scoring unit with Jordan King and Jordan Richards. He has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 18 games, but admits he has to keep working hard because he can ill afford to rest on his laurels.
âI got to bear down on my chances and put the puck in the net,ââhe said. âI also have to make sure I help out defensively too. We have to play our role if we want to get it done.â
Moores found out last season how a team can mesh together as a cohesive group if they share a common goal. He saw the chemistry it took to push the Kings over the top last year so he hopes the magic will return again this year and sees the team growing more and more as a group with each game.
âI can see that we have the same foundation as last year,ââhe said. âWe have 11 guys returning from last year and we know what itâs like to win so we just got to portray that to the new and younger guys on the team.â
The Kings sit in the middle of the pack in the five-team provincial major hockey league, holding down third spot with 18 points, which positions them five points ahead of fourth-place Tri-Pen Osprey and eight behind second-place St. Johnâs Maple Leafs. The Central Ice Pak lead the standings with an impressive 14-2-2-2 record for 32 points in 20 games.
The Kings clash with the Privateers Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. at the Pepsi Centre. Fans of the Kings are reminded to join in the festive atmosphere of Saturdayâs game when the Kings host a Teddy Toss before puck drop.
All teddy bears welcome.