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Michigan Warriors ready for home opener
By Marc Jacobson - bio | email
FLINT (WJRT) - (9/20/12)--Following a one and three start on the road, the Michigan Warriors are looking forward to Sunday's home opener in Flint. They'll face the Soo Eagles at 4 o'clock.
"I want to see this place completely packed. I'm talking everyone in the stands, everyone around the aisle seats getting ready and cheering us on, and we're going to do our best for the fans and get a W," said Warriors Forward Sean Reynolds.
It's the third season for the Warriors at Perani Arena. In the past, the junior hockey team has struggled to fill seats. Several changes took place over the summer. Ownership remains the same, but the Warriors are now being run by Firland Management, the same group that operates the arena.
"Everything has improved from the regular season tickets to the sponsorships and things like that. We're probably close to double in all of those areas," said Warriors Operations Manager Jeremy Torrey.
While Firland believes the Warriors financial success will be affected by how the guys fare on the ice, the company believes building a family friendly atmosphere off the ice is just as important. The team is planning a pre-game tailgate for Sunday.
"We have inflatables out there for kids. We have a skate with the team after the game, continuing that community awareness. Our players are going to be a lot more available and accessible this year," said Torrey.
"This year, we're going to try to visit the hospitals and get out the schools and visit the kids. If anyone wants to do anything, come see us, ask us out, and we'll be glad to come out and see you guys," said Warriors Goalie Trevor Gorsuch.
With the Red Wings season on hold due to the NHL lockout, the Warriors hope that hockey hungry fans will come out and give them a chance.
"This is hockey. We can given them a little fight and whatever else they want to see down here, so it'll be good, yeah," said Warriors Forward Luke Rendino.
SOO EAGLES GAMES ON ESPN
FYI, all Soo Eagles home games and most of their away games will be broadcast live on ESPN 1400 Radio with John Bell calling the play-by-play.
Randy, Does ESPN 1400 stream their broadcasts on the web?
Perdictions for tonight's game scores:
Port Huron 6 Jamestown 5
Fairbanks 5 Janesville 2
Springfield 5 Kenai River 2
Soo 6 Kalamazoo 4 (upset!)
Really looking forward for the drop of the puck tonight at the Soo! Go Eagles. I predict a win also!
I agree with John on all his predictions except the Soo - Kalamazoo game. Hopefully it will be close but I think K-Zoo will take this one. I too would like to see the upset however because K-Zoo needs to lose so PH can remain on top! Overall good predictions!
Ironmen win tonite 5 to 3. 2 goals for McFarland.
other scores will be:
Fairbanks 6 Janesville 2
Kenai River 2 Springfield 1
Soo 6 Kalamasoo 3
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Ironmen Meet Port Huron In Season Opener At 7 Tonight
As the Jamestown Ironmen ready themselves for the start of the 2012-2013 North American Hockey League season, there will be some familiar faces alongside a bunch of newly acquired talent.
The Ironmen's home schedule kicks off tonight at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and will present a huge challenge for the home team as it will be up against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons. Port Huron, which is in the same division as the Ironmen, won the division last year while posting an impressive 10-2 record versus Jamestown.
Head coach Dan Daikawa has stressed the importance of this early season matchup to his players, and has been impressed by their practices this week leading into the games this weekend.
On Wednesday, Daikawa and his coaching staff named the team captains. Defenseman Brett Szajner, who is a returning from a major knee injury that kept him out half the season last year, has been named team captain. The two assistant captains are returning forward Luc Gerdes, who was an early addition last season and has become one of the leading scorers for the Jamestown team, and newly acquired forward Ross Pavek.
"Everyone on the team is expected to prepare, perform, and carry themselves as leaders, Daikawa said. ''The veteran players don't need a 'C' to be leaders. Good leadership will help guide us throughout the rest of the season."
The Ironmen are set for two games at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena against the Fighting Falcons, starting at 7 tonight and finishing up on Saturday with a start time of 5 p.m.
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