Snipers Look To Get Back To Winning Ways

DALLAS SNIPERS (7-29-0, 14 pts) 



Goaltender Manny Legace made a remarkable 58 saves in the third game of Dallas’ series with Mid-Western Division rivals El Paso over the weekend. While Sunday ended up a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the first-place Rhinos, Legace continues to show his prowess in the crease – keeping the Snipers squad in many games. Overall, Legace made 132 saves between Sunday and parts of four periods Friday and Saturday.    

The consistent play of Dallas goalies Legace, Evan Williams, and Rafael Goncalves is indicative of a Sniper team that has worked hard and grown from the experience of playing in what has been, for many on the team, their first season at this level. It’s hard to believe the triumvirate of backstops in Dallas were playing in high school just last year and are now standing up to international players putting buckets of shots on net. 

Head Coach Aaron Davis said his entire team has grown and he credits his players’ efforts this season.

“Yes we are in some games,” Davis said. “But I think our youth and experience has grown from the start of the season tremendously. Granted, we still make some bad decisions but not nearly as much as the beginning of the season.”

That’s a sign of the coaching job Davis has done with a team with so many newcomers to the rigors of the WSHL.

“It's a learning process,” Davis added. “We have 12-13 guys who are ‘99-’01, and many who have never played a junior game till this season. We’re going to have our ups and downs, but getting them game-time ready and working on things in practice will help them out for the years to come.”

Dallas faces Wichita in a six-game set beginning this weekend before one final series with the rest of their Mid-Western Division counterparts.

By Tyler Whidden