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Wolves Home Opener on Saturday Night vs. Division Foe

April 16, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

MANCHESTER, NH-- The Manchester Wolves, coming off a big 53-28 victory over the Blizzard in Green Bay last week, will play their season home opener and try to ground the Albany Firebirds in an arenafootball2 league East Division clash on Saturday night, April 18th at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

The Wolves (1-1) proved last week that they have an offense with plenty of firepower and a defense that can dominate the opposition and they hope for another stellar performance in front of the hometown fans when the curtain rises on The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena. While The Firebirds (0-3) have found victory elusive thus far, Wolves Head Coach Danton Barto knows that their record can be deceiving.

"Albany has been getting better and better every game," said Barto, now in his second season at the helm. "They have been in every game they have played this year."

While the Wolves have a host of veterans who returned from last year's team which advanced all the way to the American Conference Title Game, the Firebirds may be unrecognizable to af2 fans in the stands on Saturday night. Known as the Albany Conquest for the past seven years, they changed their moniker and even their uniform colors, hired a first-year head coach in Tony Bowick, and cleaned house on both sides of the line. The Firebirds roster is comprised of virtually all new players from last year.

One of the newcomers is quarterback Adam Bednarik, a rookie who inherited the job when the starter went down early in the first game with a serious knee injury. As Bendarik has struggled to learn the arena game, so has the Firebirds offense. Nonetheless, Albany's defense has played extremely well and kept the team close every time out despite the 0-3 mark.

So it will be important for Manchester quarterback James Pinkney, who was outstanding in the win over Green Bay, to keep the Wolves drives alive, put points on the board, and wear down the Firebirds defenders by keeping them on the field all night. The Wolves defense will be asked to contribute to that end by creating turnovers, which is exactly what they were able to do last week with key interceptions and fumble recoveries.

Kickoff for Saturday's game in 7:30 PM and the 2009 home opener will also mark the return of the Lady Wolf Pack professional dance team, which is back following a one-year hiatus. The Lady Wolf Pack, a squad of 19 beautiful and talented young women, will debut new members, new routines, and new uniforms this hyear as they add sparkle and sizzle on the sidelines while they cheer for the team and interact with the fans in the stands.

Opening Night is also the Northeast Delta Dental Toothbrush Giveaway night and there will be a Kick To Win contest sponsored by WGAM The Game Sports radio and Varsity Magazine.

Season and individul game tickets plus specially priced youth, senior, group event, and fundraiser tickets are still available for opening night and for the remainder of the season and they may be purchased by calling 603-627-9653 or by visiting [email protected] Next week-end the Wolves will host the Tri-Cities Fever at the arena on Friday, April 24th and kickoff is at 7:30 PM.

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