Ice Wolves’ Bantams off to positive start, win tourney in Aspen
Phil Fox is a Minnesota native now living in New Mexico and coaching the New Mexico Ice Wolves’ Bantam team.
Needless to say, the former Northern Michigan University NCAA Division I standout knows hockey.
And he’s passing on that knowledge to the Ice Wolves – and succeeding.
Last month, his Bantam squad won the Aspen Fall Faceoff tournament in Colorado – the team’s first tournament action of the season.
“What I like most about my Bantam team is that all of them want to get better,” Fox said. “They’re constantly pushing each other to get the most out of their teammates. As a coach, this is the culture you want within your teams.
“I think it’s a good accomplishment any time your team can come out and win their first tournament of the year. You’re going into it little unsure how as a team we will handle adversity. We don’t get a lot of local games, so it’s tough for these kids who skate a month and a half before they actually play a game. They handled it well, but there is definitely work to be done to get better.”
Fox said that the team was firing on all cylinders in Aspen.
“We played good team defense,” said Fox. “Our goalies were good when they were tested, and our ‘D’ did a good job of shutting down grade-A chances. We scored first in all the games, I believe, and I think it’s huge getting the first goal in a game momentum wise.”
Moving forward, Fox sees his team celebrating more success this season.
“We have the team this year to give ourselves a chance to play for a championship every tournament,” Fox said. “If we stay the course and keep committing ourselves to getting better, we will continue to turn heads in New Mexico hockey.”
— Matt Mackinder
(Nov. 30, 2018)