National Ice Hockey League Division 1 (South)

Simon Anderson’s New Year message

1st January 2020    News


Happy New Year! Head Coach Simon Anderson writes his latest update from Oxpens.

I’m looking forward to getting back to work. It has been a nice break over the Christmas period and one that was very much needed from a team perspective. The time off has enabled us to rest some weary bodies and hopefully get our injured players somewhere close to full fitness.

We will not have any of our injured guys back for the MK game. This is because I feel it’s important for the guys coming back to have a full contact based practice before we put them back in the lineup and that will come following that MK game. I am however hopeful that we will have a full strength roster come the following weekend’s double header with Cardiff and Chelmsford. The only major concern is Ryan Widmar, who has been struggling with a mystery illness and he has been at home in Chicago resting. We will know more within ten days or so and we are hopeful that he fully recovers and that is the most important thing.

I will be looking for us to be more consistent in the second half of the season and we will look to get off to a positive start to 2020 in MK. We lost a lot of points from winning positions and so it’s important that winning becomes a habit instead of losing. We need to ensure we manage games better from winning position and the Solent home win is the way we need to play to enable us to reach our seasonal goals.

Sitting in sixth place at the break has pleased me, as that is where I felt we should be at the time. However, working with this group of players, I now feel on reflection that we can look above that and that is what we will be aiming to do in the second half of the season.

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