Watt continues to guide Collinsville offense

2010-11-30T15:46:00Z Watt continues to guide Collinsville offenseBy Jim Faasen | STLhighschoolsports.com stltoday.com
November 30, 2010 3:46 pm  • 

Like a thief that returns to the scene of a crime and pilfers time and again, Collinsville junior forward Dusty Watt just can't be stopped.

After scoring 51 goals and adding 19 assists for a Kahoks team that went 13-6-1 last season, Watt is up to his old tricks - scoring 20 goals and adding nine assists so far for the Kahoks (4-2).

And he's doing it when everyone knows he's coming.

"I just keep pushing it and keep working and, sooner or later, you're going to get the chances and you've got to focus on that," Watt said of his continued success. "Once you get them, that's where you've got to come through."

One of those chances came recently against Civic Memorial in a tough 6-4 loss.

Watt carried the puck into the Eagles' zone and - as he was being hooked down by a defenseman - flipped the puck over the goaltender's shoulder and into the net.

"He's an incredible player and if you give him any space, he's going to put the puck in the net," Civic Memorial coach Larry Thatcher said. "He's a great goal scorer and you can't let up on him or on a team like that."

While Watt is on pace to have another dynamic goal-scoring season, he says he has another mission.

As he sees it, the more he can get his team involved on offense, the better things will be for him and the Kahoks.

"The team is important and they have got to be playing well like I've got to be playing well," Watt said. "If we get that from everybody, we're going to be playing really well as a team."

It's a two-way street, though, as Collinsville coach Chris Moore sees it.

Like Watt has helped his teammates, Watt's team needs to help him out.

"People know who Dusty Watt is and they're going to throw a lot of people at him," Moore said. "It's hard for him to get shots off at times, so we want him drawing defenders towards him and setting up other people and that's what he's done."

Moore also said he still fully recognizes both the ability and importance of Watt and what he can do when he puts a puck on net.

"I love watching Dusty do what he does and (you can see that) he loves doing it," Moore said. "He's got a great passion for the game and it definitely helps. No matter what they throw at him, he always finds a way to get around it and put the puck in the back of the net. You could see it tonight with the goals he scored, especially the one on his stomach. I don't know how he does it. He is a special talent."

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