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New Glasgow's Satoris reflects on Atlantic Challenge Cup Experience
Oct. 15, 2012

Helping Nova Scotia win gold in the u-15 division of the Atlantic Challenge Cup last weekend played only a small role in the impact the event will have on New Glasgow’s Matt Sartoris.

This was the first year attending the event after making affiliate last year for the under-14 team, meaning he would have played if someone got injured. Making the team this year was his goal entering the season.

“I’d say it’s a lot faster than anything I’ve ever played because it’s the best kids from Atlantic Canada and our Nova Scotia team has some of the best players that will probably get drafted to the Quebec Major Junior League,” said Sartoris. “It was just unbelievable the speed of those players increased from what I’m used to. It was a lot easier to play as a team because I didn’t feel like I had to be making that extra push to make a play to score a goal because were offensively and defensively good.”

Sartoris said aside from learning where his level of play should be relative to other players at his age level, the exposure he received will be tough to measure. He said that he felt comfortable playing with the best Nova Scotia players and that his game was as strong as theirs, even as the only Pictou County player.

“You get noticed when you’re down there if you’re solid at the blue-line,” he said. “As a player the style of my game changed on the Nova Scotia team because on the Bantam Crushers at the start of the season I was being more aggressive offensively, but at the ACC I found out that I can still play good and get points and play good defensively without being aggressive. You can still get noticed if you do that and play simple.”

With that experience of being able to play more defensively, he believes it will help his game moving forward and that it will change his game for the better. He also said he learned a lot off the ice to bring back to the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers.

“I brought back that I should be more defensive in my own zone and be a better leader to my team,” said Sartoris. “I just got to see how other kids act in a good group of players, how we all led the team and did our jobs properly and nobody tried to be cocky about anything. There was a lot of class in the room.”

Not to forgot the fact that he did win gold with the team, Sartoris said it was a great feeling when the buzzer sounded in the final.

“I was overwhelmed how we dominated the whole weekend and kept focused about winning, being all positive and not negative,” he said. “We didn’t go into any games too cocky or negative. It was great to be a part of it.”

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