Sackville native will have regular role in Crushers lineup with Stephens out
NEW GLASGOW – Tyler Doyle isn’t upset that he’s been in and out of the lineup this season – he just wants the team to be successful.
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Weeks Crushers forward Tyler Doyle is looking forward to being back in the lineup on a regular basis after being in and out for the last month. Doyle is in his third and final season with the Crushers as he’s 20 years old.
The 20-year-old Weeks Crushers forward played regularly in September and October, missing two games each month, but has only played in three of their last 10 games. With nine 20-year-olds being able to dress each night and 10 on the roster he has been on the outside looking in as of late, but an injury to David Stephens on Saturday means Doyle will be filling in for the next few games at the least, starting tonight against the Amherst Ramblers.
“I’m extremely excited for it (the opportunity to play more often),” said Doyle. “You never want to get back in by way of an injury, but you’ve got to take it as it comes and make the most of the opportunity.”
Doyle said his weekly preparation hasn’t changed when it comes to practice, but he will have to be more conscious of what he’s eating on game days and other preparation that he has to do for games.
“You just need to keep working hard because you never know when you’re going to be in and when you get in you need to be ready to play at the top of your game to help the team out in any way you can,” he said. “I’m pretty confident I can handle it after a game to get back into the swing of things. Once that comes it will just be getting back into the regular routine of getting to bed on time, eating the proper things (on game day) and it will be fine like that.”
Playing a game then having a week or more off can be tough according to Doyle, but he believes in doing whatever it takes to make sure the team is successful and they achieve their goal of winning a Kent Cup this season, if not more.
“It’s been up and down, but with the team that we have you have to stay positive,” he said. “We know that we have a chance to go far into the year so you have to take the positives out of it and keep moving forward.
“It’s never easy playing that way, but like I said, with the team that we have you have to take the role that is given to you and whenever you get in the lineup help the team any way you can.”
In 23 games this season he has six goals and five assists, while Stephens leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 28 assists. Both players play completely different roles according to do Doyle and he’s not going to try to fill Stephens’ shoes.
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“I’m going to stick to playing my game and doing what I do best, which is more so defensive than offensive, but if I get offensive chances I’ll take advantage of them,” said Doyle. “I’ll mostly stick to my defensive role and not change my game up too much.”
Heading into his final year of junior he said his only focus was doing what the team and organization needed him to do for them to achieve their goals.
“Just to help the team out any way I could and this is my last year of junior, so I want to go out on top,” he said. “Whatever it takes for the team to win then that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t need to score 20 goals or put up 40 points or anything like that, just whatever I can do to help the team win.”
Playing his first game of 2014 against the Amherst Ramblers makes it even easier to get pumped up according to Doyle. He said all games they play against Truro and Amherst are considered to be big ones.
“We know they are our division rivals, just like Truro is and every game is a big game against your division because it’s two points you can gain on them and not let them come closer in the standings, so it’s pretty easy to get up for them and we’re all looking forward to it,” he said.
“I can’t wait to be around the guys consistently again in the lineup and in the dressing room all the time, so that’s the main thing right now.”
Goals for: 137
Goals against: 87
Record against Amherst: 3-1-0
Vs. Amherst Ramblers
Goals for: 130
Goals against: 95
Game time: 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre