VALENCIA FLYERS NOTEBOOK: COMMITMENT PLEDGED FLYERS RESPOND TO COACH, ADOPT NEW ATTITUDE.
Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer
VALENCIA - Valencia Flyers coach Ryan Rockabrand told his players in meetings last week he didn't like the direction his team was going and demanded a more meaningful commitment.
The message appears to have gotten through.
Though the Flyers' success in a three-game series sweep of the visiting Nevada Rattlers last weekend should be qualified - they beat up on an already-struggling team that suited up just nine players - many positives came out of the series, in which they outscored their opponents 43-10, highlighted by a 20-1 thrashing thrashing: see threshing.
Excessive paging in a virtual memory computer. If programs are not written to run in a virtual memory environment, the operating system may spend excessive amounts of time swapping program pages in and out of the disk. in the series opener.
``It was a complete turnaround,'' forward Sean Rice said. ``We came out with a lot of intensity, especially Friday night (in the series opener).''
The difference, Rice said, was a new attitude.
``Coach was talking about that commitment, how it all starts with the commitment, and that's what we had,'' Rice said. ``The guys are starting to get more committed, and everyone's starting to get more on the same page instead of just playing like individuals.''
--Mississippi-bound? After a two-week unexcused absence, former Saugus High standout Joey Joey
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tupelo: see black gum.
Tupelo, city, United States
Tupelo (t`pĭlō, ty (Miss.) T-Rex in the America West Hockey League.
Howard started last season playing elite Junior-A hockey in Topeka, Kan., in the United States Hockey League For the defunct league by the same name, see United States Hockey League (1945-51).
The United States Hockey League (abbreviated USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States. , but came to Valencia after suffering a back injury over Christmas break and led the Flyers to the Western States Hockey League semifinals in their inaugural season.
Howard leads this year's team with 20 goals.
``He's a great player,'' Rice said, ``but without him, it just means that everyone has to step up and play a lot harder.''
--Holiday schedule: The Flyers had regular practices Tuesday and Wednesday but will not practice Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Day, national holiday in the United States commemorating the Pilgrims' celebration of the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621, after a winter of great starvation and privation. The celebration was probably held in October. and have no games or practices scheduled for this weekend.
Valencia (9-10) will resume league play Dec. 6, when it opens a three- game road series against the Phoenix Polar Bears The Phoenix Polar Bears are a member of the Western States Hockey League. The Polar Bears are a Tier II Junior Hockey Club based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Their host facility is the Desert Schools Coytotes Center in Chandler, Arizona. .
--Familiar new faces: Christian Stratton, who played for Valencia for part of last season and recently moved to the Phoenix area, apparently has the itch to play again.
Stratton, 20, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound forward, will play for Valencia in the Phoenix series and is likely to re-sign with the team.
Former Flyer Tommy Duma duma (d`mä), Russian name for a representative body, particularly applied to the Imperial Duma established as a result of the Russian Revolution of 1905. , a 19-year-old defenseman de·fense·man
A team member, as in hockey, who plays a defensive zone or position. , also is considering re-signing with the team.
Stratton and Duma (6-3, 240) bring size and experience the Flyers desperately need, Rockabrand said.