The Anaheim Storm officially begin their first season out West when they welcome the Arizona Sting to the Arrowhead Pond on Saturday at 7:30 (PST). The Storm will look to a re-vamped line-up that includes forward Chris Panos (33G, 23A in 02-03), Casey Powell and Scott Stewart (29G, 19A in 02-03) to lead the club this season.
The Sting and goaltender Mike Miron (.803 save percentage) will play their second game in as many nights when they visit Southern California. The Sting defeated the Vancouver Ravens 16-12 in their home opener two weeks ago and currently sit in a two-way tie for first place in the Western Division.
The game will mark the fifth meeting between the two clubs with the all-time regular season series tied at two games a piece.
Below is the game capsule.
Sat Jan 10 Arizona Sting at Anaheim Storm 7:30 p.m. (PST), Arrowhead Pond
Record: Arizona (1-0, Tied for 1st Western Division); Anaheim (2002-03 Record: 3-13, 3rd Eastern Division)
Key Players For Arizona: Forward Kasey Beirnes (1st in team scoring with 6 points); Forward Pat Maddalena (2nd in team scoring with 5 points); Forward Dan Dawson (3rd in team scoring with 4 points)
Head Coach: Bob Hamley
Key Players for Anaheim: Forward Chris Panos (56 points in 2002-03); Forward Scott Stewart (48 points in 02-03); Goaltender Matt Disher (.764 save percentage in 02-03)
Head Coach: Peter Vipond
Notable: The all-time series is tied at two games apiece: This season will mark the third straight year that the Storm begin the season with a different head coach.
Last Meeting: February 14, 2003 New Jersey 9 at Columbus 12
Tickets: At the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (714) 704-2670 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com