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What a difference a year makes for SEAC Midget AAA 15 Tigers defender Quintin Unreiner.
Graduating to the midget level this fall, Unreiner has torched AMMHL score sheets for the Tigers to start the 2018-19 season.
Through 10 games, the 15-year-old has tallied three goals and 12 points which puts him as the second-highest scoring blueliner in the province.
Unreiner said work he put in over the off-season is paying off in a big way.
“Just worked out a lot, got a lot faster and now it’s producing,” said Unreiner.
It’s easily Unreiner’s best offensive start to a season by far, as he scored two goals and 10 points all last year with the SEAC Bantam AAA Tigers.
Assistant coach Russell Mortlock said it’s a big relief having someone who can move the puck as effectively as Unreiner, who has added an extra dimension to their offensive attack.
“It allows us to break the puck out quite a bit,” said Mortlock. “Then having that trigger-man on the point to shoot the puck and produce numbers for us, there’s not much more we could ask for him.”
Not only has Unreiner been an impact player on the ice, but he’s been an important cog of the Tigers team in the locker room.
Since the beginning of the season, the young blueliner has been sporting the team’s assistant captaincy crest, something that was a no-brainer for Mortlock and the coaching staff.
“I know he’s one of the hardest working guys we’ve got on our team,” said Mortlock. “That’s why he wears a letter for us and he demonstrates that day to day. He puts a lot of extra effort into his game and it’s great to see him finally getting rewarded.”
Unreiner had a goal and an assist for the Midget AAA 15 Tigers over the weekend, as they fell to the Calgary Royals Gold squad on Saturday 4-3 before tying CBHA Blackhawks on Sunday 1-1.
As for the Bantam AAA Tigers they were on two sides of 4-2 decisions, first falling to the Lethbridge Golden Hawks on Saturday before fighting back with a big response Sunday doubling up the Calgary AAA Flames.
The Bantam Tigers are off until November 24, while the Midget 15 Tigers head to Calgary to battle the CNHA Canucks on Saturday.
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