Many readers have sent messages in wondering how the POE spring camp went so he is a brief report on some of the players who stood out. Year after year POE has been one of the top bantam programs in western Canada and start basically brand new each season.
The three returning forwards of Kody McDonald, Trevor Ayre and Tyson Jost was great all weekend long as were Robert Johnson and Joel Murga. Last season, Murga played with Seafair in the PCAHA and was 3rd in team scoring behind Ryan Wilkinson and top pick Glenn Gawdin. The 5'10 140lb Murga put up 10-17-27 in 41 games and should add some very good secondary scoring to the POE squad this year. Johnson played last season with the Kamloops Jardine Blazers and finished with 9-4-13 in 53 games. Tyson Jost is the top returning scorer on the team coming up this year. Jost had 48-72-120 in 62 games last season while both McDonald and Ayre had over 70 points each.
Some other forwards who showed well but a step below the others were Michael Fidanza from Kamloops who last year had 0-6-6 in 52 games. Zach Thompson, Marcus Mitchell and Matteo Giomo also had decent camps this past weekend. Mitchell played last season on the POE B2 squad and is a big forward with some power forward potential. Mitchell had 24 points in 23 games last season. Giomo is from Comox Valley.
A couple of American born 99's were decent but might be a year away yet. Blake Bonner from Texas and Luke Ormsby from Washington State look like they have a shot at making the team.
The top two defenseman on the ice this weekend were quite easily Noah Turanski and Paul Georgeopoulos. Georgeopoulos was by far the hardest hitter at camp, taking every opportunity he had to punish someone. He could make some major noise this year. Turanski could be the most complete defenseman POE will have this year. Turanski played last year with Vernon in the OMAHA. Matt Krawiec who played last season with Red Deer in the AMBHL and Ralph Jarrett from Grand Prairie were also very good. Krawiec had 0-7-7 in 33 games for Red Deer last season while Jarrett 1-7-8 and 52 pims last season for Grand Prairie. Danny Gatenby, the brother of high bantam 2012 draft pick Joe Gatenby is progressing nicely and is a late 98 birthday making him one of the youngest for the draft this coming year.
In goal, the three goalies really stood out above the rest. Nathan Spark and Austin Poulin who are likely the AAA goalies for next year we think as well as Nic Tallarico all played well. Tallarico, coming off an outstanding Challenge Cup in Vancouver battled hard but Spark and Poulin are big goalies who cover a lot of the net.
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