continued “I have enough for two lines (of offense) plus one player,” said Koivula.
That’s only if there are no injuries or illnesses. If too many players get sick or injured at the same time, Koivula said he won’t be able to put a team on the ice.
“The state says you can play with nine on the ice. So as you can see, we’re tiptoeing close to that number,” said Koivula.
The one thing Koivula can control is the condition his players are in. Since all can expect to log a lot of minutes, Koivula and his staff have been running drills to give their legs a chance to handle the high workload.
“I probably run about 15 to 20 minutes of drills, and then we do some other things to improve their conditioning,” said Koivula. “At least, the kids are in good shape out there and can play a lot of minutes.”
The Storm won’t have it easy out of the gate. They host Shenendehowa Saturday, Nov. 30 and defending state champion Saratoga Springs Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Union College.
Then, they get eight days off before playing Bethlehem Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.
The rest of the season will be just as tough, said Koivula.
“It’s a very tough mountain to climb because certain schools are only getting better,” said Koivula.”Burnt Hills merged its program with Ballston Spa a few years ago, and now they have four goaltenders on their (23-man) roster. South Glens Falls and Hudson Falls just merged their program with Glens Falls, so they’re only going to get better. And then, you’ve got traditional powers such as Shen, Saratoga, Shaker/Colonie, CBA and LaSalle.”