Sports -Asphodel-Norwood - The Norwood J.J. Stewart Motors Midget Hornets are off to a quick start this season posting a 9-3-0 record out of the blocks.
"This year's team is a good balance of offense and defence (and) are working hard to surpass their OMHA semifinal exist of last season," coach Larry Wrightly says.
The defense has been stingy allowing just 19 goals in 12 games thanks to tough goaltending by Travis Stark and rookie stopper Michael Elliot, on loan from the Midget AE's, and solid blue line work by co-captain Travis Bennett and veterans Daniel Bennett, Braden Thompson and Mitch Barr and rookies Dylan Finlay and Mitch Bell.
The offense has been on fire, notching 69 goals, and has plenty of experience down the middle with co-captain Ethan McDougall, Christian Lachapelle and Karn Dart, returning from Peterborough Minor AAA, along with wingers Jake Bennett, Alex Barrett and Zander Buchanan. Rookie wingers Hayden Leeper, Rodney Fleming, Logan Booth and Bret Smale add extra strength on the wings.
The team reached the championship final of their own tourney defeating last year's OMHA C champion Blyth-Brussels Crusaders 3-1 in the semifinal then losing 4-0 to the Douro Dukes. They went undefeated in round robin play.
The Hornets will travel to Pembroke November 30 to December 2 for the International Silver Stick regional qualifying tourney where they expect to face their stiffest test yet and hope to return with a Silver Stick banner.
Coach Wrightly says the team would like to thank the community for cheering them on during their Saturday night home games as well as for their support at their fundraising bottle drive.
"These young men provide a very entertaining brand of fast-paced hardhitting hockey at home on Saturday nights at 8 p.m.," said Wrightly.
The team hosts Tweed November 23.
The team's complete schedule is posted on the Norwood District Minor Sports website, www.ndms.ca .