Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Rangers set for three-game weekend

The Marquette Rangers play three games against two different opponents this Thursday through Saturday at Lakeview Arena.

According to head coach Kenny Miller, to be successful, his team will have to play that way: Three different games on three different nights, one at a time.

“It sounds cliché, I know, but we need to play this weekend, and the rest of the season, one shift, one period and one game at a time,” the Rangers skipper said. “We have a big challenge with the top team in our division (Traverse City) on Thursday, so we obviously need to focus on the first opponent first before we start to concern ourselves with the rest of the weekend with Motor City.

“It’s very tempting at this time of year to start looking at the standings and thinking about where we may or may not be. We can’t afford that and I’m confident our guys after five months of playing in this league won’t let that happen. We need to take care of business Thursday, then Friday, and then Saturday, and in that order. It’s the only way for us to have success the rest of the way.”

And the Rangers have had success this season. Marquette trails Traverse City by five points in the North Division race, while Motor City sits in fourth place.

The Rangers have won five of their last six games coming into this weekend, having split with the Janesville Jets in southern Wisconsin this past weekend.

The games Friday and Saturday against Motor City will also mark the team’s second-annual “NASCAR Night,” sponsored by Hoovers Auto Body of Marquette. The team will wear custom racing-themed jerseys on both Friday and Saturday. Fans will have a chance to bid on their favorite player’s jersey during Saturday’s game.

“Other than the ‘Pink Game,' this was by far our most popular jersey auction last season.” said Rangers spokesman Mark Evans. “Hoovers has been a great partner over the years and we’re looking forward to another great night thanks to them and their support.”

All three games begin at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Arena.

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