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October 27, 2003 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Danville Wings News Release

Your Danville Wings return to the David Palmer Arena for two home games still boasting the best record in the USHL at 6-1-1. We have a rare Wednesday-Friday schedule of home games this week, and are in the middle of a stretch of 5 games in 9 days that had us going from Danville to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sioux City, Iowa, back to Danville and will end this Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

We put together an impressive 6-2 win in Sioux Falls Friday night, and former Stampede players Derek Patrosso, Alex Foster, and Kelly Sullivan had strong returns to their former stomping (or ‘stamping’) grounds. Bryan Marshall also put together a terrific game. The next night, we suffered our first loss of the year, a 3-2 thriller in Sioux City. There are no undefeated teams in the USHL right now, as on the same night, Chicago lost a 5-3 contest at the hands of our opponent Wednesday night, St. Louis.

The St. Louis team is a great example of the unpredictability of how teams match up in the USHL. St. Louis has defeated Lincoln, our opponent this Friday, in Lincoln (one of the toughest places in the league to play) 7-2, and then topped the previously undefeated Steel. The Eagles are coached by former NHLer Rick Zombo and play a feisty physical style. The team is anchored in goal by Mike Zacharias, one of the league’s better goalies from a year ago who has played in all but one of their games. In our only previous meeting of the season, we beat St. Louis at their rink 3-2 in a shootout, a game we outshot them 46-10. Craig Vardy will start in goal Wednesday, coming off a back injury.

Friday we have Lincoln in town. The Stars are making their second visit of the year, taking two points in a 2-1 shootout win our first game of the year. Under coach Steve Johnson, the Stars are coming around to the type of play that is expected from the long time league power. The Stars boast impact goalie Phillip Lamoreaux and he’ll be matched up against Justin Tobe who’ll get the start in goal for us.

As of this writing, the Wings have 5 of the USHL’s top ten scorers in Patrosso, Marshall, Foster, Tomas Klempa, and Nino Musitelli. Musitelli has begun to catch fire and was one of the game’s best players against Sioux City. We’ve also been very happy with the progress of defenseman Brett Beauchamp, our rookie from Montreal who performed very well in our last three contests. We have a new player in town in Michal Pesek, a Czech forward who may see action this week.

I’m sure you join me in congratulating Brad Robbins and Alex Foster for committing to Miami of Ohio and Bowling Green respectively.

As always, we appreciate your support. As a reminder, next Friday and Saturday we have the Waterloo Blackhawks in town for what will be a great divisional series. Looking forward to seeing you there.

-The Danville Wings Coaching Staff

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