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Coach Russell here!

Well, the Falcons will leave their nest at the MassMutual Center and travel to Hartford and Manchester for a couple of road games this weekend. The coaching staff feels very strongly about what kind of game we play on the road. No team likes to be referred to as "homers." We feel good about the players and their ability to play our game in any building. They are aware that they represent our city and conduct themselves accordingly. I have always personally felt that a win on the road is just a little bit more satisfying. Nothing better for team chemistry than a joyful ride home from abroad with 2 points in the vault. The Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference does not work out for many overnight road trips which can be both good and bad. Good that the players spend a lot of time in the own beds but bad in regard to the chemistry thing. Being on the road can help a young team get to know each other quicker. Travel is certainly part of the growth of a hockey team. Both Hartford and Manchester were top teams last year and there is no reason that they won't be very competitive this year. The Falcons will have their wings full and they will like it.

Key offensive, defensive and sacrifices are rewarded with hardhats that get the players numbers attached to them. The coaching staff reviews the films and make designations each week.

I mentioned in the last article how much the men enjoyed Mr. Phil Shuman & the 8th Annual Columbus Day Italian Open Golf and Eat your Brains out event. A great time was had by all! Thank you to all the sponsors and staff that donated their time and dough to such a good cause. A big thank you to Bill, Jack, Norm and R.J (my group) for helping our team come in with a 64. Here's to 5 more tents for next year. Shriners Hospital and the Springfield Sliders Sled Hockey Team are the real winners though.

Lets all send up some good thoughts for the Falcon Faithful out there and I am sure the men will play with passion. Have a Grand Day!