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Wildcats, Stampede to Open Their Season This Weekend - Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 20 Sep 2013
By: NSHL Media

The New England Stars and the Maine Wild will also look for their first wins of the year this weekend.

Two more teams will join NSHL league play this weekend, while those who have already started will look to keep their win streak going or bounce back from a disappointing opening series.
The Jersey Shore Wildcats will host 2013 NSHL Champions the Syracuse Stampede on Saturday and Sunday.
The Stampede has been gearing up for their first games with on-ice and dry land workouts. The team returns NSHL Offensive MVP Josh Sova and MSHL Playoff MVP Jon Lauer, who have both been named team captains.
"I think everyone is ready to get into game action from our standpoint," said Head Coach Mike Beavis. "We have been together for over a month and have yet to play a game. Everyone is itching to get some game action under way. We know the Jersey Shore Wildcats will be prepared and ready to go. Eric Brule always has a strong team."
While the team returns some key players, there are also a number of new players donning a Stampede jersey this season.
"We are starting to turn the corner from a team standpoint. We have a lot of new players who are learning new systems," said Associate Head Coach James Muscatello. "They are finally starting to understand it. I am interested to see who on our team steps up and proves themselves this weekend. The talent and systems are in place, now it is time to see how well we execute."
The Maine Wild will look to bounce back from two losses on Saturday as they head to Tyngsboro to face the New England Stars. Both teams have been working hard in preparation for Saturday's game. The Hockey Academy is the parent company of both franchises, setting the tone for an NSHL rivalry.
Stars Head Coach Darryl Green said he hopes special teams come together in this weekend's match-up.
"We are going to do our best in cleaning up some turnovers and improve our special teams in order to get ready for what I think will be a very hungry Maine Wild team," he said. "Aside from special teams, our focus this week in practice will be understand that we have a little more time, when we have the puck, than we think we do."
Maine Wild Head Coach Mike Tenney knows his team's play needs to set the tone for the game right after the opening face-off.
"Our biggest challenge this weekend will be rebounding from last weekend's two losses and starting strong against the Stars," he said. "The first ten minutes of that game are going to be crucial for our tempo and pace of play."
Tenney said his team also needs to stay out of the penalty box.
"Anytime you take 63 minutes in penalties in two games, it is too many. We essentially spend half of last weekend short handed," Tenney said. "I would like to see our lines start to gel a little more and we need to get more out of our depth up front. I am also hoping our special teams get better this weekend."
The Maine Moose will take their first road trip of the year as they head to Pennsylvania to take on the Wilkes-Barre Miners. After the Moose swept the Wild last weekend, the coaching staff said they were encouraged by the team's effort.
"We will be looking for leadership from captains Colt Steele, Josh Burger and Matt Woodbury," said Moose Head Coach Jeff Guay. "We are looking to build off a solid first weekend and look to the goalies to keep up their strong play." 

The Miners have been working hard all week to prepare for their games against the Moose.

"I feel we have a good skating team that likes to play with a lot of energy and a high-tempo style," said Head Coach Jason MacDonald. "In saying that, there are areas of the game that we're looking to improve this week during practice. I like what I see so far this year, though. We want to get an identity and play by it."
This weekend's games:
Friday, Sept. 20:
Cape Cod Islanders @ AHI Fighting Spirit, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21:
Maine Moose @ Wilkes Barre Miners, 10:45 a.m.
Cape Cod @ AHI Fighting Spirit, 12 p.m.
Syracuse Stampede @ Jersey Shore Wildcats, 3:30 p.m.
Maine Wild @ New England Stars, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22:
Maine Moose @ Wilkes-Barre Miners, 10:40 a.m.
Syracuse Stampede @ Jersey Shore Wildcats, 3:30 p.m.


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