KIlty B’s tuning up as season-opener draws near

Hamilton Kilty B's head coach John Barrett reviews a drill during a practice on Tuesday at the Mohawk Quad Pad Arena (Ken Pagan photo)

With training camp into its second week and roster decisions still to be made, Hamilton Kilty B’s prospects are getting their competitive juices flowing as pre-season intensity picks up.

The Kilty B’s will host their first pre-season exhibition game at the Mohawk Quad Pad on Wednesday when the Brantford Bandits visit at 8 p.m. They will also host the Brampton Bombers on Thursday at 7 p.m. before a weekend break.

The Kilty B’s and  Bandits are coming off a 2-2 tie in Brantford on Monday night, with Kilty B’s goals coming from Andrew Salt and Jordan Van Hunnik.

Hamilton also wrapped up a busy weekend with an 8-7 overtime loss on Sunday evening in Brampton. The Kilty B’s got two goals each from Colin MacDougallJacob McEachern and Bart Wsol, while Jacob MacDonald had a goal and two assists.

The Kilty B’s had opened their pre-season schedule Friday with a 2-0 win over the Caledonia Corvairs.

With more than 10 Kilty B’s off to OHL training camps, the pre-season games this week allow hopefuls a final opportunity to make an impression on vice-president/general manager Brian Rizzetto, head coach John Barrett and the rest of the junior B’ club’s staff. It will be the final game action before the season-opening GOJHL showcase weekend in Pelham, Sept. 6-7.

The Kilty B’s home-opener is set for Sept. 9, with the rival St. Catharines Falcons visiting the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena at 7 p.m.