Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Marquette seeing pink this Thursday

Marquette Rangers fans will see two unique things when the team takes the ice Thursday night at Lakeview Arena.

First, the team will be wearing pink jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to benefit the Cancer Center at Marquette General Health Systems.

Secondly, and most important for head coach Kenny Miller, fans will get to see the team play at home.

After 10 games, the Rangers (3-5-2) have only one home game under their belt - a 4-3 win against North Division-leading Traverse City on September 26.

“It’ll be good to play in front of the home crowd,” Miller said. “As much as this is a great event for the community, we still need to come out and play the way we’re capable of playing and get some points out of these games and keep things moving forward.

“It’s a great event and we’re happy to do what we are doing for the Cancer Center, and even though we’re wearing the pink jerseys, it’s still an important game for our guys and they realize they still need to get things done out on the ice. Once the puck drops and we get settled in, things will be good”

Following last weekend, the Rangers find themselves two points behind Alpena for fourth place and two points ahead of this week’s first opponent, the Motor City Machine.

Marquette will play at Alpena Saturday night following the two games with the Machine Thursday and Friday.

The Machine played last year in the NAHL Central Division as the Southern Minnesota Express before moving to suburban Detroit during the summer.

Motor City (3-9-0) is led in scoring by Jared Williams (4g 3a, 7pts) and Reed Rushing (2g 4a, 6pts) The Rangers continue to be led by James Gallagher and Chad Pietila, who enter the weekend with 11 points apiece. Josh Bussell is third in scoring with eight points.

The game Thursday is at 7:00 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. to allow for the post-game jersey auction. Marquette General will be selling “Paint the Rink Pink” T-shirts at the game to help supplement the fundraiser, which raised nearly $20,000 last season.

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