Mt. Pleasant Seeking Consistency in 2017
MT. PLEASANT – A year after going 18-7 and falling to Cadillac in a Division 3 pre-regional final, the Mt. Pleasant hockey program has a youthful look this winter.
The Oilers sport a 23-player roster that features five seniors and 13 underclassmen, including nine sophomores.
"Once we get consistency, we’ll be a lot better off, but you know, just everyday you’ve got to come to work, and see where we can go from there,” senior Kaleb Ramon said.
Since opening the 2016-17 campaign with a 6-5 record, the Oilers have dropped seven of their last 11 contests since Jan. 4.
"It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster, up and down,” said fourth-year coach Mike Willett. “I think, before the New Year we looked pretty good. We had a little bit of a rough patch, but hopefully we’re coming out of that."
Mt. Pleasant (10-11) has begun to rebound though, winning three of its last four, including a 3-2 victory over Saginaw Valley League foe Lapeer on Saturday.
"It was really good,” sophomore Eli Kea said. “We were all really frustrated before that, and then when we bounced back, it just felt real good."
The Oilers have found themselves in a tough SVL this winter, matching up against a pair of ranked Division 3 programs in Flint Powers (No. 1) and Saginaw Heritage (No. 5) as well as a sound Midland Dow program.
Mt. Pleasant has four games remaining in the regular season before embarking on a three-team Division 3 pre-regional, which includes Cadillac and host Big Rapids.
The Oilers are back on the ice Wednesday, hosting Big Rapids.