On the surface, 9-2 and 11-4 losses to the Saskatoon Generals would not appear like the ideal start to the season for the Prince Albert Venice House Pirates Under-15 program.

Nevertheless, according to head coach Rod Dallman, last weekend’s setbacks might prove to be a substantial foundation for the team as they progress through the 2020-21 campaign.

” We had some kids out of the lineup so we just had fun with 12 skaters, with 9 of them being first-year gamers,” Dallman stated on Thursday. “They were put into a scenario where they acquired a great deal of experience at a quick rate, but I thought they did truly well.

” During our private meetings with the gamers today, they all said the exact same thing. The game is much faster compared to where they’ve played prior to and they were surprised with just how little time you have in making plays. It’s great to see that they are recognizing that themselves.”

Novice forward Owen Nelson blazed a trail in last Friday’s 9-2 loss at the Art Hauser Centre as he scored an objective and helped to set up a marker by second-year forward Lee Concern.

Nelson had a pair of goals in Sunday’s setback in Saskatoon, which saw rookie forward Kelan Simmonds have an objective and help.

Thomas Cyr, who is likewise a first-year forward, lit the light in the problem.

The Pirates are expected to have everyone back in the lineup this weekend for their rematches with the Generals, which are slated for 8 p.m. Friday at the Kinsmen Arena and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Rod Hamm Memorial Arena in Saskatoon.

Dallman has had the opportunity to see his team’s complete roster in action in two pre-season contests, as they cruised to a 13-2 roadway win over the Humboldt Broncos on Oct. 17 and earned a 9-5 home victory over the North East Wolfpack on Oct. 24.

” We’re not a really huge group in terms of size, but we’re definitely a smart team and that’s something that our group has throughout the lineup, which is really nice,” Dallman said.

” That (our depth) is something we have to focus on if we want to have success. We can’t count on specific gamers.”

Following this weekend’s video games with the Generals, the Pirates will host the Saskatoon Stallions in a 7:30 p.m. contest at the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The fan capability for house video games at the Art Hauser Centre is at 150 people, while the optimum amount of fans for contests at the Kinsmen Arena is 82.