In the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” world of sports, it’s tough to not only be successful, but to remain at the top of your game for more than a few weeks, let alone a season on its whole.

So far, however, the atom A Westmount Wings have not only been the cream of their league’s crop, they’ve led the way wire to wire more than

Forward Adam Starr tracks down the puck in the Wings' 7-1 win over the CSL Canucks (Photo: Eric Bindman, Independent)

halfway through the 2009-10 campaign.

“Our team has been enjoying a successful year to date because our players have really been playing hard and have a strong desire to learn,” said Wings coach Bruce Garfield.  “Our biggest strength which has contributed to us maintaining a perfect record to date is that all three forward lines are well balanced and strong, and all of our lines can contribute offensively, thus making it difficult for any team to focus on any one line.”

A quick look at the league stats sheet and the numbers truly say it all: The first-place Wings lead the league with 59 goals for – the next best is 50 from the third overall Côte St. Luc Canucks; the Wings lead in goals against as well with just 13 in 12 games – next best are the Lac St. Louis Maroons and the Montreal West/Hampstead Knights with 21 apiece.

How about wins, losses and ties? Westmount not only leads with 12 W’s and no losses, but has yet to even be subjected to a tie. The second-place Verdun Avalanche are six points back with four losses and a pair of ties, and they’ve played two more games than the Wings.

“We have been getting big goals from numerous players, including timely ones from our first-year assistant captain Adam Starr,” Garfield said.
“Defensively we are very strong, led by our second-year veteran Drew Anderson, and adding to our team’s success has been our goalie, Weslie Osterland, who has been very strong between the pipes.”

Anderson said he’s been having a good time so far this season.

“We’re awesome and have a strong team like always. We have good shooters, a good goalie and good coaches,” the defenceman said. ““Winning and being with my friends is great and it’s fun to win games, but I’m also looking forward to challenge in the regionals.”

So far, the Wings’ dominance has been apparent almost game in and game out.

Westmount opened the season with a 5-4 squeaker over the Canucks, but followed that up with a 7-0 drubbing of the St. Laurent Sonics. A 4-1 win over the St. Laurent Rockets led to a 3-1 victory over the Maroons before the Wings blew their season open with a 9-2 romp over the Lions and a 5-0 clobbering of the Verdun Ambassadeurs.

The Wings put another puck in the net against Côte St. Luc (Photo: Eric Bindman, Independent)

Over the next four games, the Wings outscored their competition by a total of 17-2 in wins over the Knights, Diables, Jaguars and Devils, with Osterland registering two shutouts along the way. In fact, it wasn’t until their first game of the new year after a break of nearly three weeks from competition that the Wings had a tough game, but even that turned into a 3-2 win over the Avalanche. Then just to put the icing on the cake, Westmount iced Côte St. Luc – the only team that had truly been a challenge in the first half of the year – in a 7-1 win.

“The coaches on this team want to keep the kids focused throughout the regular season, to get ready for the playoffs,” Garfield said.
“Our practices are very well structured, designed to help the kids improve their skating and skills, and at the same time making sure all the kids are having fun.”

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