After an exciting seasons starts the Generals are looking up with intent this year. Coach Worlton's troops are making a statement by their early season exploits. The boys in blue are not only exciting to watch but because they are young they will only get better. With a season opening overtime loss to the Metro Jets by a score of 8-7 the kids new they had work to do to get better.
Well folks they learned quickly with a defending playoff power in the Cleveland Lumberjacks the boys in blue came back with a stellar 6-5 decision against the Jacks. The weekend was a coming out party for a few individuals and surprises. Coach Worlton had a mantra that he wanted to be harder to play against well after the opening weekend it seems the Generals organization just may have gotten it right.
Players of note this year for the Blue & Gold:
Derek Compeau-Forward Derek played midget AA last year and wasn't highly regarded except by the Generals scouting staff. Coach Worlton commented that " Derek was a player we were worried if he could make the jump or not. Let's just say with his hard work ethic which is second to none, that question got answered quickly. Add to the fact he is extremely coachable it is a nice fit".
Corey Myers- Forward Flint scouting staff can't believe that Pittsburgh allowed him to get away. Coach Worlton comments " As a coach you got to love guys who play like Corey who play like a bulldog with no quit in him also he plays like he is 6'+ rather than the diminutive 5'7" & 155 lbs. he tips the scales at".
Dominic Orlando-Goaltender Dom is a returning veteran as a 1994 birthdate says a lot about this young man. He was the #3 man last year and currently is stealing the #1 job here with his early season’s outstanding play. Coach Worlton comments" After this summer’s hard work with our goalie consultant Dave Desander with Future Pro Goalie School the improvements he made have not only shown in his worth but in beating the Cleveland team solidifies his standing as a go to guy. Coming into his own with confidence is a very pleasant surprise".
Anthony Terzo Forward another midget AA player with little recognition that has proven his worth. Coach Worlton comments- Anthony is a big strong bodied kid who early on we weren't sure if he was going to cut it. But with solid hard work not to mention a very physical nature to his game has cemented his way into the lineup. Another pleasant surprise".
Jake Bearss- This Colorado kid originally was born in Michigan. He is another blue collar type. Coach Worlton comments- "Jake is a hard working grinder who is working hard to get better. A Worlton kind of guy for sure".
Jake Taylor- This Indiana kid is another of the returning vets who the Generals are thrilled to have back. Coach Worlton comments- “Jake has the unique ability to get under kids skin. He is physical and a nasty Dman type Worlton hopes to build his Defensive crew around.
Luke Dmytro-Forward This South Lyon HS grad is a first year grinder who has just tapped the surface of his ability. Coach Worlton comments- “Luke’s function is to be a wrecking ball type but play within the confines of the rules. Another nasty individual a Worlton type.
The boys in Blue & Gold get right back at it this week against the always tough Pittsburgh Jr Penguins 9-17 @ 7:20 & 9-18 @ 2:20 both Games are at Flint Iceland Arena's. In other news of note former General Player Ian Edwards of Linden, MI has a new home this year as he is playing in goal for the University of New England Norsemen. Former Jr Generals D-man from last year’s squad Caleb O'Brien officially made his NAHL debut with the Aberdeen Wings vs. the Kenai River Brown Bears he had 2 PIMS and 1 shot on goal and played very well so we are told. Stay tuned for more on the Blue & Gold as we march our way to the Hurster Cup.