Minneapolis, MN – When the WHL released its regular season schedule a couple of months ago Minnesota fans were very concerned that the first 4 games of the season would start on the road. The Rink Rats haven’t faired too well on the road in the past so the fans’ concerns were valid. To the relief, and perhaps the surprise of fans, the Minnesota Rink Rats found some good success on the road going 4-0 and looking quite good in the process. David Krejci leads the team in scoring after 4 with a goal and 5 assists while goaltender Ryan Miller carries a 1.50 gaa and .955 sv%. Minnesota has also looked quite good on the penalty kill thanks to the contributions of offseason acquisitions Jay McKee and Scott Hannan.
GM, Tyler LaDouceur was quite pleased with his team’s success following a recent scouting trip joking, “Maybe I should leave more often; the team responded a little too well during my leave.” Matthew Lombardi and Dustin Penner lead the squad with 4 and 3 goals a piece while the team continues to get contributions in both ends of the ice from players across the board.
“The rookies are looking good, Krejci’s looking good, Lombo and Penner are looking good and Miller has been great,” stated Head Coach Dan Bylsma. “For all the changes we’ve made as an organization in the past few months we’re very happy with this team. We’re playing more aggressive than we usually do but the penalty kill has done a good job thus far. Our power play needs a bit more help but overall I’m very pleased with our success.”
The Rink Rats are off today and tomorrow and will play host to the Snowdogs on Friday morning. Following an offseason with reduced season ticket sales the Rink Rats have sold out their first home game after the success fans have seen on the road.