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November 3, 2003 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Danville Wings News Release

Your Danville Wings are home this weekend for a rare two game set against the same team, our divisional opponent Waterloo Black Hawks. The Hawks come into the weekend with a 4-4 record, having played three less games than we have. They’re 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road. Waterloo is coached by veteran mentor P.K. O’Handley who led the squad to an impressive season a year ago. He returns significant impact players from that squad in goalie Kevin Regan and forwards Joe Pavelski and Mike Radja. Regan is considered to be one of the league’s premier netminders, and Pavelski was the league’s rookie of the year last season. He’s currently tied for the team lead in points with 8 with Joel Hanson, both men with 3 goals and 5 assists. Regan has one of the league’s top save percentages at .926.

The Hawks have dropped 4 straight games after their blistering 4-0 start, but those losses don’t reflect their play. Last weekend, they dropped a 4-2 decision to Cedar Rapids despite outshooting their opponents significantly. Coach O’Handley feels his team has had short lapses in games that have cost them, and they’re looking to put in a full 60 minute game. The Hawks are at the top of the USHL’s combined special team stat (the combined effectiveness of power play and penalty kill) while the Wings rank third in the league.

We followed up last Friday night’s thrilling 7-6 OT win with another dramatic win, a 6-4 victory over Des Moines’ Buccaneers, who’ll pay a visit next Friday. We raced off to a 3-0 first period lead in that one, with Travis Winter converting a perfect 2 on 1 with Andrew Panchenko, Bryan Marshall finishing off a great pass from Nino Musitelli, and Panchenko lighting the lamp on another 2 on 1. Panchenko gave us a 4-0 lead in the second period with a shorthanded breakway conversion, and then the drama started. We killed off a long 5/3 situation, and seconds later the Bucs made it 4-1. Two minutes after that it was 4-2. Chris Walsh’s goal gave us some breathing room, but 5-2 turned into 5-4 with a minute to go. Brett Beauchamp scored his first goal into the empty net to provide the final margin.

Bryan Marshall’s goal, the game winner in that OT win made him the all-time Wings leading goal scorer. That he accomplished the feat in a number of games significantly less than the previous record holders makes the mark all the more impressive, and if he continues at anywhere near his present pace, may make the record as close to unbreakable as a record can be.

To be successful this weekend, we’re going to have to find a way to negate Waterloo’s special team strength, and maintain our 5 on 5 offensive consistency. Waterloo is clearly one of the best teams in the league, and it’s just a matter of time before they put a great run together…we just want to make sure that run starts next week.

Thanks for your continuing support. –The Danville Wings Coaching Staff

Wings Alumni Weekly Update

College: Derek Edwardson (Miami) 3G; Billy Devoney (Air Force) A; Jeremy Hall (Niagara) 2G; Matt Collar (UMass-Lowell) A; Jason Tejchma (UMass-Lowell) A; Chris Busby (Miami) A; Marek Dora (Michigan Tech) A; Ryan Reid (Lake Superior State) A; Lukas Dora (Denver) A; Nick Economakos (RPI) A

Pros: Rae Metz (Greenville ECHL) 2A; Jake Ortmeyer (Wheeling ECHL) G; Bryce Charpentier Long Beach ECHL) A

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