|Improvement remains BG's goal (11-14-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:49|
Consistent improvement remains the emphasis for the Bowling Green High School hockey team.
The Bobcats are looking to build on last season when they were 15-16-1 overall - matching their combined win total of the two previous seasons.
BG also was 3-7 in the Northwest Hockey Conference's Red Division, its first victories in conference play since the 2009-10 season.
The Bobcats advanced to the district semifinals for the first time since 2006.
They return 18 lettermen from last season, consisting of 10 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies.
"We're another year older, another year stronger," said BG coach Dan DeWitt, who is in his 25th season. "We were so young last year with freshmen and sophomores playing on a regular basis in key spots and on the power-play and penalty-killing units."
Of the 18 lettermen, only four are seniors. The remainder consist of nine juniors and five sophomores.
"We competed well and the kids gained a lot of experiences," DeWitt said. "Last year was a pretty positive experience in a lot of different aspects and we hope to build on that."
The Bobcats averaged 5.34 goals per game and scored at 21.2 percent (28-of-132) on the power play last season.
Among the returnees is senior forward Phillip Rich, who led BG with 21 goals and 49 points last season.
Also returning is sophomore forward Grant DeWitt, who had 16 goals and 26 assists last season.
"Last year, we looked for continuous improvement and focused a lot on skill development, and principles and concepts," DeWitt said. "It paid huge dividends. We'll continue that path this year and dedicate even more time to skill development this year since we have additional ice time. Offensively, we're going to be better than we were last year."
Returning on defense are seniors Drew Mankowski and Justus Smith, juniors Joe Costic and Matt Cousino, and sophomores Clark Mayberry and Mike Shilling.
Junior Tanner Fausnaugh and sophomore Mike Koldan return in goal.
The Bobcats allowed 3.25 goals per game last season.
"We have experience on defense and in goal, and that will help," coach DeWitt said.
The Bobcats also are hoping even more improvement will help them compete against the top teams in the Red Division.
"We just have to concern ourselves with ourselves, and worry about playing up to our potential and improving every day," coach DeWitt said.
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