The Bighorns earn a strong start to the 2010-11 season with star performances from several new faces. After big weekend wins over Missoula and Billings the Bighorns look to be on a roll headed into the long season.
With a 5-0 start against their American West Division opponents, the Bighorns are hoping to continue their winning ways. They have seen key performances from veteran blueliner, Zach Maxwell who's leadership ability and confidence with his role are expected to be a big factor this year. Returning forward Nolan Grauer has been excellent thus far as well.
It is the welcome presence of several new additions, however, that has the team poised to be a top contender yet again this season. Anthony Petruzzelli, a 17 year old forward from Federal Way, WA, has shown great offensive prowess recording 12 points in his first five games. Trevor Tracy and Ryan Parkhouse, both newcomers to the Bighorns, each have 10 points headed into their sixth games. Rookie Forward Ryan Doner is confident with the puck on his stick as well adding 6 points to the team totals thus far. In fact, there are 12 Bighorns players averaging over a point a game after the first five.
The bottom line is that the Bighorns are seeing contributions from their entire lineup. Lines one through four have proven they are capable of scoring goals as well as matching up against the opponent's top line. Pairing one of the deeper depth charts in the NORPAC with the veteran coaching of Scott Cunningham, the Bighorns have high hopes for a successful regular season and another Cascade Cup Playoff birth.
The Horns faceoff tomorrow night against the Butte Roughriders for the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm at the Butte Community Ice Center.