Rangers open season against defending champs, Saturday

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 07:31

The Parkland Rangers are set to open the 2022-23 Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League season against the defending league champion Winnipeg Wild, this weekend.

After Team Black scored an 8-3 win over Team Green in the annual intrasquad game, last Thursday, the Rangers embarked on a trip to Souris for the annual preseason tournament hosted by the Southwest Cougars.

Parkland opened the weekend with a 4-2 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings, Friday night, and rebounded with a 7-0 win over the Norman North Stars, Saturday morning.

Parkland’s final preseason tilt will be tonight when they host the Yellowhead Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. at Credit Union Place.

While he was pleased overall with the team’s play, Rangers head coach Tyler Carefoot noted the game against Brandon was the first against league opposition for some of the players.

“It’s safe to say a few of the guys were a little nervous. I felt that, for most of the game, it was pretty sloppy. The puck was almost like a grenade. There wasn’t much structure,” he said, adding goalie Chase Glover had a tremendous game.

While he wouldn’t say Brandon was in midseason form, Carefoot noted they moved the puck well.

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