A storm is coming to Prince Albert this weekend, and the Carrot River Outback Thunder are hoping to make lots of noise.
They face the Titans Saturday night in Exhibition play at Kinsmen Arena. Head Coach Trevor Logan told northeastNOW they will have nine veterans on the ice and a few fresh faces.
"We're trying to just get our numbers together right now. We've got quite a few guys returning from last year and a few guys on the fence due to work and school commitments," he said.
Logan said he is hoping to build on last year's momentum. After finishing fifth in the Bob Dybvig division (16-16-0-8), the Outback Thunder made it all the way through to the PJHL semi-finals where they lost out to the Saskatoon Quakers. Logan said he will be looking for some solid scoring this season from his veterans.
"And both of our goalies are back, Kolten has played for five years, and Byman is in his second year and I think they'll push each other to compete for playing time," Logan said.
In terms of weaknesses, Logan said they are lacking some experience on defence, having lost several of last year's players. Logan added though he is confident some of the younger players will help fill the void.
The Outback Thunder start their regular season Sept. 29 against the West Central Rage at Kerrobert Arena. Their home opener has been scheduled for Oct. 13 versus the Delisle Chiefs.
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