Getting the first goal is always the hardest. Now that 16-year-old forward Curt Morrison has one under his belt he’s hoping more will follow.
Morrison, a Prince George minor hockey product picked up his first BCHL goal in Williams Lake on Tuesday. Spruce Kings head coach Ed Dempsey said Morrison did what was needed of him on the ice.
“Curt’s done well. From the beginning of camp he’s done well and played well for us. He got his first goal in Williams Lake. It was the result of hard work and determination. A willingness to absorb a lot of punishment. Go to the net and score on one of those greasy rebounds,” said Dempsey.
Morrison also picked up an assist in Merritt and was riding a two game point streak heading into the weekend. He’s happy to have that first goal out of the way.
“I got a lot of pressure off of me and now I can go out there and score more goals,” said Morrison who could make a living as a play by play announcer when his playing days are over. “First we were breaking our end I took the puck at the red line and me [Kevin] Petovello and [Brad] Herman were on the ice because Lenny came off because he was injured then it got dumped in and [Alex] Ward from Williams Lake went into the corner so I went in there to hit him but he got the best of it. Petovello went in and picked up the puck and then went for the wrap around and it came right under the goalie and then I came right in there and chopped it in. Yeah it was garbage but I’ll take it.”
The Kings are off to their best start since joining the BCHL with four wins and an overtime loss. Morrison said the quick start has made for a good start for the team.
So far it’s been great all the guys are great. Dempsey and Bohmer are good coaches. They push us to do our best out there every game and that’s why we’re winning,” said Morrison. “It’s unreal I’m having an awesome time just because we’re winning.”
Dempsey has been pleased with the play of all three local products on the team.
“I’m really happy with the three local guys Morrison [Vinny] Muchalla [Tanner] Shaw. We made no secret going into training camp we want to try and have as many local guys as we can. As long as there are guys who can compete at this level we will do everything possible to give them a break and be contributors to the Prince George Spruce Kings,” said Dempsey.