Ice Flyers Coach Jeff Bes looks ahead to $5 ticket weekend
The Ice Flyers have gone a full month, (as long as you consider February a full month), without playing a home game. But the ice issues at the Bay Center have been resolved and the Flyers are prepared to face the Roanoke RailYard Dawgs, Friday and Saturday nights. It is the Ice Flyers’ annual $5 ticket weekend, the biggest fan weekend of the season. A year ago, the Flyers played before more than 14,000 fans for the two nights of $5 ticket weekend. They expect a similar response, this year.
Roanoke comes in hot. They have gone 8-0-1 in their last nine games. The Flyers won three games in Fayetteville, last weekend, despite not having a rink for practice. They didn’t have ice for practice, this week, either. Two straight weeks with very little practice time is a disadvantage, especially as the Flyers added three key new players in recent weeks. Defenseman Lee Christensen arrived from Evansville in the trade for Shayne Morrissey and Patrick Harrison. Forwards Chapen LeBlond and Jari Allevi arrived last week and are already paying dividends.
Thursday morning, the day before the weekend series, Bes talked with Channel 3 Sports Director Dan Shugart about the new players, what the team learned from the Fayetteville series, and dealing with the lack of ice (a topic Bes quickly short-circuited).