Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/08
After an unexpected weekend off, the Philadelphia Wings face the Western Division leading San Jose Stealth tonight (8:00) at the Wachovia Center. A snowstorm prevented the Toronto Rock from traveling to Philadelphia, resulting in the postponement of their game last Saturday.
The Wings/Rock contest has been moved to Sunday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m.
“We really won’t do anything different in practice this week due to the cancelled game,” said Wings coach Dave Huntley. “I’m just glad I don’t live in Toronto anymore so I don’t have to shovel all that snow!”
The minute the Toronto game was rescheduled, the East division-leading Wings (6-1) quickly began to focus on their opponents for this week. San Jose (5-3) has its last three games and finds itself tied with the Colorado Mammoth for the top spot in the West Division.
“I’ve had a chance to see some of their games on film and have become real familiar with a number of their players – Colin Doyle and Jeff Zywicki in particular,” said Huntley. “One thing that’s interesting about this team is that like us, they have a nice mix of young players and young athletes just learning the game and a nice group of veterans teaching them the game.
“I think they look somewhat similar to us in the way they’re configured and I think they will present a good challenge for us.”
With the canceled Toronto game, Philadelphia fans are also anxious to see the two newest Wings, A.J. Shannon and Brandon Miller, in action.
“We were hoping to have both guys play last weekend,” Huntley said. “Both were at practice Thursday night and both looked terrific and fit. They fit in with the guys like we expected they would. They’re both really great players and really good guys and looked like they’ve been with us since training camp. We expect both of them to help us down the stretch.”
NOTES-Three Wings All-Stars, forward Athan Iannucci, defenseman Taylor Wray, and transition player Geoff Snider all head to Edmonton on Saturday to play in the NLL All-Star Game on Sunday, March 16.