AN exciting crop of youngsters is giving Adelaide Adrenaline reason for optimism as its Australian Ice Hockey League playoff hopes fade. 3 locally-produced teenagers have become mainstays under Finnish coach Sami Mantere this season while another debuting last month. McGuiness, Jake Riley and Jordan Geyer have built on their breakthrough campaigns with regular game-time.
The Adrenaline have slipped to a 6-16 record. Nathaniel Benson, 16, earned his first outing in the national competition when he hit the ice in Adelaide’s 3-8 loss to CBR Brave on June 10.
Forward McGuiness said the young guns had blossomed in challenging circumstances.
“It’s been tough, but you probably get a few more opportunities playing for a team that’s not doing so well,” the Year 12 Heathfield High student said.
“If I was playing for one of the top teams, I’m probably not going to be on the ice as much as I am here.
“We’ve got a lot of young fellas, so in the next few years we’ll have a better shot at becoming a good team.”
The Adrenaline, last year’s wooden-spooner, won four of its first nine matches this season as Canadian imports Cam Critchlow, Casey Babineau and Cole MacMillan caught the eye.
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