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Manchester Wolves in must win game on Friday; Elm Street Block Party to Benefit Make-A-Wish

July 15, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

MANCHESTER, NH-- The Manchester Wolves return home on Friday, July 17th to take on the Mahoning Valley Thunder in a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive with only two games remaining in the arenafootball2 league regular season.

The Wolves (7-7) are riding a three-game winning streak while the Thunder (1-13) have lost 13 straight games and 19 consecutive road games. But there will be a lot at stake on The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena as the Thunder, who have never beaten the Wolves in seven previous tries since joining the af2 as an expansion team in 2007, will be playing for pride while the Wolves are fighting to qualify for the post season.

The Wolves currently rank in the seventh spot for one of the eight playoff berths in the American Conference, but with two games left to play and other teams still in the hunt and right on their tail, a win this week becomes critical.

"Manchester's one of the hottest teams in the league right now," said Thunder Head Coach Chris MacKeown, who took over the top job six games ago. "They've had solid play at the quarterback position and really haven't turned the ball over much. They won't make many mistakes or beat themselves. We'll have to hold onto the football and make better decisions than we did last week if we want to come out of there with a win."

The Wolves hope to get help in their playoff push by what is known in football as the 12th Man. In arena football, that would more likely be the Ninth Man since there are only eight players on the field on offense or defense. No matter what the term is, the Wolves want their fans to show up in force and rattle the rafters in the arena.

To that end, the team is hosting a major pre-game event in front of the arena and the block party on Elm Street starts at 4 PM. Sponsored by HK Powersports and benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the party features a classic car and motorcycle show, tattoo contest for men and women, 50/50 raffle, the Rock 101 WGIR-FM promotional team, a live band, and many more fun events. Moreover, the Whiskey Girls will be offering a motorcycle wash for Make-A-Wish.

Five families in the Make-A-Wish program will be attending the game and the Wish children will get the Wolves game started by participating in the coin toss. The experience will be extra special for Wish Child Corey, who will be able to visit with the team which worked diligently to make his wish become a reality three years ago. Corey is excited about the chance to be on the field with some of the players who provided him respite from his cancer treatments at that time.

Tickets for Friday night's game remain available and great seats may be had by contacting the Wolves office at or 602-627-9653 (WOLF). For more information on the game and the block party, please visit or call the office.

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