Midget AAA Kings squad should have a better record

When Leo Reagan takes a look at the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League standings, he doesn’t see losses as much as missed opportunities.

Head coach Leo Reagan believes the Sherwood Park Midget AAA Kings are far better than their 6-12-2 record would currently indicate. Photo courtesy Target Photography

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When Leo Reagan takes a look at the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League standings, he doesn’t see losses as much as missed opportunities.
The head coach of the Sherwood Park Midget AAA J. Ennis Kings believes his squad’s 6-12-2 record — which sees them sitting in fifth in the 10-team North Division — is highly deceptive.
It’s technically correct, but Reagan says the way his team has played is at a much higher level than the win and loss columns would indicate.
“I think our record really is deceiving,” he said. “It is all part of the process, but we could easily be something like 14-4-2 instead of what we are at. We just haven’t played 60 minutes on a lot of nights, we have played 54 or 55 and had some bad starts or bad finishes. As a result that is the record we do have. But in most of those games we dominated for 90 per cent of the games and just didn’t come away with wins. It is all about learning. We just have to learn how to win, not lose.”
Reagan very much feels his team has the horses this year, it is just a matter of getting them all galloping in the same direction.
“I like this group,” he said. “I even like our position. Things aren’t given to you and you have to keep working. In our last eight games we are two games over .500, so our second segment has been excellent. We are sitting where we should be, now we just have to prove to the rest of the league that we are for real. It’s not about where we are now, it is about where we are in January and February. We just have to get into the playoffs, and if we do that I think we will be dangerous. We still have a couple of months to go. We have a bit of a tough schedule in December, but if we can get closer to .500 by Christmas and then come back with 10 games left at that point and make a big push.”
The Kings are currently led by Jace Isley with 18 points in 20 games, followed by Reese Jackson with 16 points in 14 contests.
The flagship team of the Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club rep hockey program will be headlining Kings Day on Saturday — an event which sees all of the SPKAC squads all playing home games at the Arena or the adjacent Shell.
The Kings will face the Okotoks Oilers on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. at the Arena.
“That’s always a fun day in Sherwood Park,” Reagan said. “We have a matinee game for a change, so we should have a big crowd and most of the other teams will be able to watch us. Traditionally we have had a 7 p.m. game and everybody has kind of gone home, so this should be exciting and hopefully we can put on a show.”
The Kings will also play a home game on Sunday, hosting the K of C Pats at 6:30 p.m.
Last season, the Kings went 12-18-5 to finish in fourth in the North before exiting in the first round with a playoff series loss to the rival Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.