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January 5, 2004 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Danville Wings News Release

COACHES’ CORNER

Welcome to the first games of the new year. Here’s to hoping 2004 brings your Danville Wings even more success than we enjoyed last year. To kick the new year off, we host the River City Lancers and the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.

We’ve played the Lancers once this year, dropping a 3-2 decision in Omaha in an exciting contest. Both of our clubs will be a bit shorthanded as the Lancers are without two of their better forwards currently playing in the Viking Cup tournament in Canada. Likewise, we will be playing without leading goal scorer Al Foster as well as forward Derek Patrosso. The Lancers are coming off a 5-0 loss at the hands of the tough-at-home Des Moines Buccaneers, and the Wings off a 4-1 loss at Waterloo. The Lancers are coached by long time mentor Mike Hastings. They’re strong in goal with veteran Marty Magers getting a bulk of the playing time, and his partner, Jeff Lerg, is the cousin of former Wing’s captain Pat Lerg.

Saturday, Cedar Rapids returns to town. Currently leading the East Division, the Riders have played four more games than the Wings. They’ll be without goalie Joe Fallon and forward Jon Graborek, both playing in the Viking Cup as well. To help fill the gap in goal, the Riders traded for goalie Dan Tormey from Des Moines. The Riders and Wings have split their previous 4 games against one another, the Wings winning in their last contest here in December by a 6-4 count.

Injuries have hurt our depth over the break, and we took only three lines into action against Waterloo this past Wednesday. Chris Walsh will miss a month with a separated shoulder, Mike Beck was placed on the injured reserve with a fractured ankle and we hope to have him back in February. But the good news was Chris Robinson returned to action after missing a month with a bad back, and our team will certainly be bolstered this weekend with the return of single season-goal scoring record holder Jeremy Hall.

Hall decided to return after half a year at Niagara University to pursue different collegiate options. He incurred a slight leg injury in his last college action, and at this writing we’re not sure if he’ll be in the line up Friday, Saturday, or both games. But we certainly welcome our former captain back to the fold, and we know once he’s 100% we’ve made our team substantially better.

We are in the beginning of one of the most challenging portions of our season. We have 7 games in 12 days, and next weekend is the first of consecutive weekends with 3 games each. Getting through this next segment of the schedule with our heads above water will certainly bode well for a strong finish to the season. Having Alex and Derek back for our game this Tuesday in Green Bay will certainly help. But being a bit shorthanded is a great opportunity for our younger players to step up and make an impact. By doing so, they can make a great case for extended minutes when we have our entire roster in tact.

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

Wings Weekly Alumni Update(week ending 1.4.04)

Derek Edwardson(Miami University) capped an impressive 1 goal, 2 assist tournament effort by being selected to the Dodge Holiday Classic All-Tourney Team. He also became the 34th player at Miami to have recorded 100 career points. Other alumni making plays last week were Shane Saum (Air Force) G; Dov Grumet-Morris (Harvard) 1 Win, 28 saves; Brian Van Abel (Dartmouth) A; Lukas Dora (Denver) A; Ryan Reid (Lake Superior State) A; Jason Tejchma (UMass- Lowell) G; and Peter Szabo (St. Cloud) G.

In the professional ranks Jake Ortmeyer (Wheeling Nailers) 4A; Rae Metz, recently traded to Texas of the ECHL, recorded a goal, Scott Meyer (Charlotte ECHL) 1 Win, 30/31; and Adam Elzing (Florence ECHL) A.

Team USA rolls into Finals, lose to Finland

Team USA blanked Team Norway 17-0 with Wings forwards Derek Patrosso (2 assists) and Alex Foster (5 assists) helping the offense. Team USA then downed Slovakia 9-2 with Patrosso scoring a goal and Foster adding an assist. In the gold medal game Team USA came up short as Finland, who avenged a 4-0 loss earlier to Team USA, proved to be too much as USA lost 8-2. Mike Radja and John Dingle scored for Team USA. For the tournament Alex Foster ended with 2 goals and 6 assists while Patrosso netted 3 goals and 4 assists. Both Foster and Patrosso will be rejoining the Wings on Tuesday to play against Green Bay.

Wings lose a pair over weekend

Danville came into the weekend looking to sweep a pair from two of the top teams in the league but came out with a heartbreaking 1-0 shootout loss to River City and a 4-1 loss to Cedar Rapids. Against the Lancers both goalies did a tremendous job with the Wings Justin Tobe stopping 19 of 19 shots. In the shootout session the Wings still couldn't put one past the Lancers goalie while Tobe stopped 4 of 5 for the tough loss. On Saturday evening the Wings hoped to gain some ground on Cedar Rapids, who leads the East Division with 44 points. The RoughRiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Jeremy Hall, who returned to the Wings the night before from Niagara University, scored his first goal on assists from Bryan Marshall and Tomas Klempa with :02 remaining in the second period. But the Wings didn't score again and the RoughRiders regained the series edge against the Wings 3-2. Justin Tobe stopped 17 of 21 for the Wings. The Wings remained 3 points behind second place Chicago thanks to the Steel's losses to Waterloo and River City.

The Wings next game is against the Green Bay Gamblers, who the Wings have defeated twice this season, in Green Bay. They will then travel to Chicago Friday night before returning home this weekend to host the same two teams.

Wings fall 4-1 to Waterloo

Coming off the holiday break the Wings wanted to start the new year as well as they finished it but the Waterloo Black Hawks didn't want to play any part as they defeated the Wings 4-1. Waterloo scored their first two goals on the power play before Danville got on the board in the second period on Cody Lampl's first goal as a Danville Wing with :11 seconds remaining. But in the third, the Black Hawks proved to much for the Wings as they scored two more goals for the final score.

The Wings host back-to-back home games tonight and tomorrow against River City and Cedar Rapids, respectively. The Wings will then travel to Green Bay on Tuesday and Chicago on Friday before returning home for a pair next weekend.

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