Coach’s Report: Rampage vs. Melbourne Ducks – Round 2

After a successful outing on the road last weekend the team will finally get a chance to take the ice at home and showcase their skill to our family, friends and supporters alike.

This weekend brings another exciting challenge with the Ducks also coming of a pair of wins in their home opener and could potentially see a team seperate itself from the rest of the competition with a pair of wins.

Unfortunately due to sickness and some family commitments we will be taking the ice Friday night without some of our top performers from our previous outing. That being said I’m confident in the group we have and excited to give our fans the opportunity to see some fresh faces in the line up.

The Ducks bring a very different style of play to that of The Coast and have some of the most experienced players in the league.

The trio of Webster, Dawes and Cutter is a big imposing line with ability to score from anywhere on the ice. They were responsible for both game winning goals against the Avalanche and you should expect to hear their names mentioned several times this weekend at both ends of the ice. They have a solid blue line loaded with former Australian representatives and three-time Goodall Cup champion Dayne Davis in net. To say this team is experienced would be a massive understatement.

We are well aware of the monumental task that awaits us this weekend but fortunately we have a few aces of our own.

Nicholas Novysedlak was solid in net last weekend. He faced 100 shots last weekend (most in shorthanded situations) and made some big saves to keep us in both games. Defensive issues and discipline have been addressed this week and I believe if we stay out of the penalty box and keep shots from out wide he is capable of even better things this weekend.

We saw scoring from all lines last weekend and imports Sobchak and McTaggart seemed to take over the game every time they were on the ice. They combined for 11 points at Erina including two goals in shorthanded situations.

Captain Harley Anderson lead from the front with 5 points of his own and will look to continue this form in front of the home crowd this series.

Make sure you get down to Iceworld Boondall this weekend to see some fast-paced, physical hockey and cheer on Brisbane’s team.

Our lineup for this weekend:

  • Derry Adler
  • Harley Anderson (C)
  • Josh Anderson (A)
  • Jon Bale
  • Anthony Barnes
  • Marco Bertossa
  • Liam Cedro
  • Ethan Conford
  • Jack Connor
  • Luca D’Arsie (G)
  • Zac Daunt
  • Darryl Dunsford
  • Jordan McTaggart
  • Nick Novysedlak (G)
  • Jordan Ricketts
  • Anthony Santilli
  • Owen Sobchak

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