Scotsburn Crushers goalie in second year with team
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Tyler Howe is in his second season with the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers this year and hopes to be able to contribute to their team improving from last year. He said he’s improved a few things from last year and is constantly looking for ways to better his game.
NEW GLASGOW – Every year a team wants to have experience to lean on in goal and this year Tyler Howe is that man for the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers.
In his second year with the team, he’s being looked to as one of the leaders in a program that is looking to improve itself. With the team 1-3 thus far in the regular season, Howe said the biggest thing they need to work on is their breakouts.
“Definitely our breakout,” he said. “We’re learning more on how to do that well and how to pass tape-to-tape because we’ve been struggling with that.”
He said they have been improving consistently, though, saying they’re a lot better than in their first two games. Howe said being positive on the ice and around the locker room has helped them not to get down on themselves.
In goal he said he’s improved his grip on the stick the most, which allows him to have more control over it and use it better.
“I’ve improved the way I hold my stick the most,” he said. “It’s just that I can move it better, it’s a lot faster and I can hold it harder, so if I get a hard shot I don’t lose it.”
Having faced 63 shots in less than three full games – one of which was the Crushers lone win so far this season – Howe said he likes being busy in goal.
“I like it better when I get a lot more shots because I’m always moving and warm,” he said. “Sometimes I need to relax, but if I play two games it’s not too bad.”
Besides stopping the puck he said he’s very commanding when watching the play at their end of the ice. He likes to make sure everyone knows what to watch for.
“I’m definitely really commanding in goal, but always trying to help the guys out,” said Howe. “I’m mostly just yelling out ‘wheel,’ that I’m getting screened and other basic stuff. I think it helps them know where guys are and what I can and cannot see.”
This weekend the Crushers are home on Saturday against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre before playing the ACCEL Hawks on Sunday in Halifax. Puck drop on Saturday is 7 p.m.
“I think we need to focus on our breakouts the most,” said Howe. “Our hard work is there for sure, so we’ll get things together if we keep that up. We just have to keep positive and hope nobody gets hurt.
“It felt good to win our first game and I hope we get more.”
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