Coach Shawn Brinsky said the team conducted the on ice sessions in a similar manner but did break down the team in an effort to better evaluate potential players.
“It was a very similar format in that we provided practice sessions and had intersquad games. This time we delivered the practices to two different groups versus the entire group. There were some players released after the first game to bring the remaining number to a more constant and competitive level,” he explained
Afterwards the team played in a four on four setting to give more exposure to the skills of individual players while enhancing the concentration of the goaltenders.
The final roster is still up on the air based on players taking part in Junior B camps, as well as camps down south.
Brinsky is hoping to see a team that can contend with the stronger teams at the icebreaker games in a couple weeks
“We’re going to need to see a group that’s able to compete and match the skill and speed that’s required to play. There’s a tier one midget team from Prince George coming. Tier one midget in B.C. especially is extremely fast. You’re dealing with the upper echelon of midget players in the province. There’s no question we have players that can play at the level. The question is how deep into our roster do we have that,” he states.
After the tournament the Trackers should be able to finalize their roster for the season. Their first season game is currently scheduled for September 27.