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December 15, 2003 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Danville Wings News Release

The Danville Wings welcome the St. Louis Eagles and the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders to the David Palmer Arena this weekend for USHL Tier I Junior A hockey action. Your Wings are coming off a tough week, having dropped 4 games, three of them in tough road arenas where we played for the first time (Waterloo, River City, and Tri Cities). While we’re not going to overlook the early season success we’ve enjoyed, neither are we going to tolerate any form of underachievement, so we’re looking to put together another string of wins before we head home for the Christmas holidays after next week’s home games against Green Bay.

St. Louis continues to struggle, bringing up the rear of our East Division. In our last meeting, we scored a 6-0 victory over them in St. Louis. Alex Foster scored twice in that game, and we scored 4 goals on the power play. Ken Reiter made his Jr. A debut in goal in that game, turning aside 26 shots for the shut out. The Eagles are coached by former NHL defenseman Rick Zombo, and recently acquired stalwart forward Jordan Fox from the Sioux Falls Stampede. Mike Zacharias is expected to start in goal for them, and he’s carried the mail most of the year for the squad.

Cedar Rapids makes a quick return trip to our town for Saturday’s game, having beaten us a week ago Tuesday 3-2. The Riders have vaulted to the top of the East Division, and have won 10 of their last 11 games. Rider goalie Joe Fallon was named USHL goalie of the month.

The main concern of the team this weekend is to get the offense back to producing where it had been. As the season progresses, team defense becomes more and more of a factor, but our skill has to be able to trump other team’s defensive schemes, while playing with the right level of defensive intensity and results. We must also get our special teams back to where they were, and we want to make sure the power play is creating scoring chances, and the PK is the right combination of reads and aggressiveness. The one consistent area we’ve had is great goalkeeping, and because of that we’ve been in all of our games. Another positive has been the play of Ryan Hoehn. Hoehn broke through last weekend scoring his first junior goal against River City and then lighting the lamp again the following night against Tri Cities.

You’ll see a new face in the line up this weekend. Defenseman Cody Lampl has arrived from Sioux Falls completing the trade for goalie Craig Vardy. Cody is a high school senior, a gifted skater who will be with us for the remainder of this season and next, as he is already committed to Colorado College for the 2005 season. Chris Robinson remains doubtful, recovering from a back injury.

We appreciate your support. Continue to make our rink a tough place for the opponents to play.

The Danville Wings Coaching Staff

Marshall New Wings Scoring Leader

December 15, 2003 - In the Danville Wings big win on Saturday night against division leader Cedar Rapids, a milestone was achieved for Wings center Bryan Marshall. Marshall became the Wings all-time leading scorer with his assist in the third period. He has 137 career points, 1 more than former leader Lukas Dora. Marshall, the Wings all-time goal scoring leader, has a chance to pass two more Wings milestones this year. He needs 19 assists to pass Peter Szabo for the all-time assists lead and if he can play in 32 of the remaining 36 games for the Wings will move ahead of Shane Saum in most games played. Marshall has 10 goals and 19 assists this year. He will be playing for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2004.

Wings Defeat Cedar Rapids, 6-4

December 15, 2003 - Danville ended a 4 game losing streak in a big way as they defeated division leader Cedar Rapids 6-4 at the Palmer Arena. The Wings jumped out in the first period as Ryan Hoehn, Tomas Klempa, and AJ Panchenko tallied to give the Wings a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. In the second period, Alex Foster scored his 17th goal of the season on the power play. Cedar Rapids didn't back down as they scored two goals in the first minute of the third period to tie the game. Tomas Klempa then scored his second goal of the game to give the Wings some breathing room before Chris Anderson scored :22 seconds later and sealed the win.

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