Team not dwelling on record hurt by a rash of injuries
January 30, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, Ont. - The Dorchester Dolphins are returning to the ice.
Following the January 20 announcement from the Ford government, effective Jan 31 at 12:01 a.m., spectator areas at arenas, such as the Flight Exec Centre, will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less. Enhanced proof of vaccination will be required to attend games.
The Dolphins see their first action since before Christmas, when they travel to Exeter, Friday, February 4. Dorchester's first home game is February 18th.
When the league went on pause, the Dolphins had a record of 12-10-2-1, sitting in fourth place in the Provincial Junior Hockey Leage Yeck Division.
The Dolphins closed out the 2021 calendar year with a 4-0 loss at Exeter and only had one win in the month of December.
Only 12 skaters were available to play Exeter as injuries has hurt the Dolphins this season.
"A tough December with all of the injuries," Dolphins' coach-GM Mark Steele said. "When we do go back, we should be healthy and we should be able to ice our entire team for only the second time."
Many games featured a patchwork of a line-up for the Dolphins, with as many as six regular players absent.
"We've had guys playing different positions to fill in holes," said Steele. "We had to bring in AP guys."
When play resumes the Dolphins will focus on upcoming games and not dwell on their record.
"Where we are in the standing doesn't portray what team we have," Steele said.
Steele is hopeful for two practices before their season resumes. Several of the Dolphins have at least kept skating by playing pond hockey.
Jakob Marche led the Dolphins with
14 goals and 27 points in 24 games. Josh Short, one of the injured Dolphins, has
10 goals and 11 assists in 19 games.
Dylan Vandersleen has five goals and a team high 16 assists.
Caleb Haalstra leads the 'Phins' defenceman with four goals and nine assists.
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