Phantoms forward Jarvis Hunt, sponsored by Papa Luigi, talks through his thoughts of the coming weekends games. The 17-year-old also discussed his appearances on the Phantoms third line, and how it will help his development as a hockey player.
The Swindon Wildcats are the Phantoms’ opponents on Saturday night, before the Basingstoke Bison return to Peterborough for another clash on Sunday evening (5:30pm).
“I think it’s already clear that every game in this league is going to be tough. We’re going to be playing against two good teams and I expect both games this weekend will be tight and physical until the end.” Hunt said.
The pre-season fixtures between the Bison and Phantoms were physical, hard fought affairs which saw the Phantoms draw 2-2 in Basingstoke, before winning 4-0 on home ice. Hunt expects Sunday’s game to be even tougher, now the NIHL National season is underway.
“I think both teams gave a lot in the pre-season matches, but with more at stake now with it being a league game, it’s going to be even tougher! We had a really good pre-season, and last weekend we had two close games, and it’s a good preview of how close the league will be this season. I’m expecting more of the same this weekend.” Said Hunt.
In the absence of Corey McEwen, Jarvis has stepped up onto the Phantoms third line, where he has been icing alongside Nathan and Conor Pollard. The young forward has enjoyed the increased ice time he has been getting and playing on a line the Pollard brothers.
“It’s been good playing alongside Nathan and Conor. It’s much easier to find some rhythm and really get into the game when you play on a higher line and get more ice time. Both Nathan and Conor are smart, hardworking players and that’s made the transition onto their line much easier.” Said the Phantoms #96.
Hunt has earned rave reviews for the performances and style of hockey he has played so far this season, but he is determined to keep his feet on the ground and to continue doing everything that is asked of him by the Phantoms coaching staff.
“I don’t think I really made a conscious effort to improve any particular part of my game. I’ve got a bit stronger and faster over the summer but I’m just trying to do what’s asked of me and work hard in every game I play in.” Hunt said.
Jarvis scored a number of important goals at the business end of last season’s treble win, and the young forward is keen to continue developing and improving his game to try and help the team have another successful year in 2019/20.
“Individually my aim is to improve my game and progress as much as possible and collectively we want to win as many games as we can and hopefully get some trophies. We had a really good year last year so if we can pick up where we left off, it will be a good year for everyone.” Hunt said.
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