The Flyers are seeing a stark improvement early in the season, having already surpassed last season's win total of four games.
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Flyers Surpass Last Year's Win Total
Just five weeks into this year's regular season, the Orangeville Flyers had already surpassed their win total of a year ago.
The Orangeville side had a hugely disappointing 2013-14 campaign, managing to win just four of their 53 regular season contests.
The Flyers seem to be a considerably improved bunch early on this year. Orangeville registered its fifth win, on Oct. 11, thanks to a 9-7 decision over the visiting Hamilton Red Wings.
The following night Orangeville picked up its sixth W, a 5-2 decision over the Stouffville Spirit. But the Flyers were unable to make it three wins in three days, dropping a 4-3 OT decision to the defending league champion Toronto Patriots on Oct. 13.
Besides having surpassed their win total of a year ago, perhaps more importantly, the Flyers had a record above .500 after their first dozen matches. The club was sporting a 6-5-1 mark.
Orangeville was being led offensively by 20-year-old Ian Nichols, who is in his fourth season with the team, and 17-year-old sophomore Lucas Smilsky.
Nichols had already surpassed his career high of 16 points he put up last season by accumulating a team high 23 points, including six goals.
As for Smilsky, he had netted 13 goals as a rookie, while appearing in all of the Flyers' contests a year ago. And he had already matched his 13 goals this year after a dozen games.
Smilsky had also been credited with eight assists thus far this season and he was a mere point behind Nichols in the team scoring race.