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It's Official: 6 Wings sign Letters of Intent

November 19, 2003 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Danville Wings News Release

November 19, 2003 - The National Letters of Intent early signing period concluded today with 6 Danville Wings signing to play college hockey next season. F Alex Foster (6-1,190) signed to play for Bowling Green next season. F Derek Patrosso (6-1,188) has agreed to play for Colorado College. F Nino Musitelli (5-8,180) and D Brad Robbins (6-1,200) will be teammates again as they both signed with Miami University. F Bryan Marshall (6-0,185) has signed with University of Nebraska-Omaha and D Chris Anderson (6-2,210) will be playing hockey at St. Cloud State.

Former Wing Hall Named CHA Rookie of the Week

November 19, 2003 - NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Freshman forward Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, N.J.) has been named College Hockey America Rookie of the Week, announced by the CHA conference office.

Hall tallied three points in the Purple Eagles’ two games against Western Michigan last weekend, in which Niagara went 1-1. In the Nov. 15, 3-2, win over the Broncos, the freshman forward scored Niagara’s first two goals of the contest, his fifth and sixth of the season, as well as leading the team in shots in the game with five.

After nine games this season, Hall is second in points, with six goals and three assists for nine points, and has registered a point in six-of-nine games for the Purple Eagles.

Hall represents the second Niagara men’s hockey player to earn CHA Player of the Week honors. Junior forward Barret Ehgoetz (Kincardine, Ont.) earned CHA Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 27, after his hat trick in a 5-2 win over then-No. 1 New Hampshire.

The Purple Eagles (4-5-0, 2-0-0) travel to Air Force (6-4-0, 0-2-0) for two CHA conference games against the Falcons Friday and Saturday. Both games can be heard live on WJJL 1440, with Paul Hamilton calling the action. Article/Picture by College Hockey America.

Wings Weekly Alumni Update

November 18, 2003 - Danville Wings alumni Nick Economakos of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had a good week last week as he scored a goal and assisted on two others. Other alumni stats from 11/10-11/16 were Jeremy Hall (Niagara University) scoring 2 goals and adding a helper. Jason Tejchma (UMass-Lowell) 1G,1A, Todd Grant (Miami University) 1G, Jason Costa (Dartmouth College) 1A, Derek Edwardson (Miami University) 2A, Brian Van Abel (Dartmouth College) 1A, and goalie Dov Grumet-Morris (Harvard) 1 win with 25 saves. Pro's; Bryce Charpentier (Long Beach Ice Dogs-ECHL) 1A.

Wings' third line helps net victory

DANVILLE – Everyone in the United States Hockey League knows about Bryan Marshall, Derek Patrosso, Alex Foster, Tomas Klempa and Nino Musitelli.

If things work out for the Danville Wings, they’ll get to know Todd McIlrath, Travis Winter, Vladimir Tcherov and others.

“Teams that you play against, theoretically they can cover two lines,” coach Chico Adrahtas said. “But teams that win championships have three lines that are potent.”

The Wings’ third line stole the show in beating Des Moines 4-1 Friday night at Palmer Arena. McIlrath scored twice and combined with Winter and Ryan Hoehn for three goals and three assists.

Marshall, Patrosso and Foster have been set as the top line, and Musitelli and Klempa have anchored the second line. But as the Wings have gone on a scoring spree the last five games, younger players such as McIlrath, Winter and Chris Walsh have emerged.

“Our team is so deep,” McIlrath said. “We have four lines that can be first lines on any team in the league.”

That showed Friday as McIlrath, who has five goals and six assists, scored the game’s first goal. Musitelli put the Wings ahead, and Winter and McIlrath added third-period goals. Justin Tobe made 28 saves to seal the win.

“He’s a stud,” Tobe said of McIlrath. “He’s scored goals the last couple of games in ways guys on the first and second line don’t score them.”

Balance will be a key as the season progresses. And it can be a hallmark for the first-place Wings.

“Hockey is a game when some nights you have it and some nights you don’t, so other lines have to step up,” McIlrath said. “Luckily, we have lines that can get it done. It really helps out a team that when your big guns aren’t going, you have something you can put forward and be a threat.”

The offense will get another boost when Matt Bohlig returns tonight from an injury. He will be paired with McIlrath and Winter.

“We’re in November, and you want to give these kids an opportunity to play together,” Adrahtas said. “We’d like to start getting things set and move people in and out on the fourth line.”

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