NJ Jr. Titans ’95s vs. Valley Forge Minutemen

Saturday Sept. 13, 2008 at WSA 11:00am

Welcome to the NJ Jr. Titans Bantam Minor home game. We want to build on the momentum created by our 15-1 drubbing of Suffolk PAL last Sunday. We play a very comfortable sytle here at WSA and we hope to continue it against Valley Forge this morning. It’s a big game for us – we want to even our League and District record at 1-1 before we host the perennially tough Long Island Royals tomorrow. Today’s opponent, the Minutemen know we took a beating last Saturday vs. the Jr. Flyers and they are chomping at the bit to secure a District road victory. The Minutemen are well-coached and have a quality team with plenty of speed and solid goaltending. Our boys will have their hands full – we expect a physical game today from the Minutemen.

The coaching staff felt we had a good week of practice – we benefitted from 2 solo practices due to the ’94 trip to Syracuse. We were able to tighten up our Defensive Zone coverage thru our new favorite drill called the “Russian Paradox” (a staple of our Atlantic District training). We spent the bulk of our week doing “battle” drills and initiating contact – The coaching staff felt we played the Jr. Flyers too soft last weekend, especially their skill players. We have to get back to our Titan style of play this morning against Valley Forge – being home at WSA should help.

The friendly confines of WSA certainly helped us in our thrashing of Suffolk. Everyone contributed to the scoresheet. We received 8 goals from Defenseman – with that type of balance our offense can be dangerous. Our boys were very respectful (meaning no laughing or boisterous celebrations) so I simply didn’t hold them back. It was an absolute joy to watch their skill level and creative offensive production. I think Coach Vico is in for an awakening if he thinks that’s the type of game he’ll see every time he helps out on the bench…LOL

Your ’95s expect to make the most of our two home games this weekend. The boys continue to work hard – they’ve been impressive in their handling of Coach Walker’s intense style as he “barks” out orders during practice. This ’95 group is a proud bunch and they want to compete and do well for you – we hope their hard work pays off with good results this weekend.