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Battle Creek Revolution in search of success

September 29, 2012

By Will Kowalski, Battle Creek Enquierer

The Battle Creek Junior Revolution hockey team is hoping to end a frustrating trend during this weekend's pair of 2012-13 home season-opening North American 3 Hockey League games at Revolution Arena.

The Junior Revs, in their third season as a member of the Midwest-based NA3HL - a 17-team Junior A/Tier III league for players ages 16-20 -have yet to win an NA3HL contest in a little over 100 tries since the team debuted in 2010-11.

True, the squad did top the University of Michigan-Dearborn collegiate team, 2-1, in an exhibition matchup recently.But regular season-wise, they're still O-fer in the franchise's history.

Yet nobody associated with the Jr. Revs was hanging their head at a spirited practice this week.  The team has a new coach and general manager, Rod Davidson - a longtime junior-level coach in Canada - and players are coach say they are ready to put some "W's'' in the victory column.

"We want to win really bad. We're really hungry, and this weekend I think we can do it,'' said second-year Junior Rev Josh Kimber, 19, a defenseman and one of the squad's alternate captains and 2011 graduate of St. Philip High.

"We're tired of losing - even though we did win that exhibition game -and I think our time has come. We're all in this to hopefully move up to another level, college or higher NAHL or whatever, and it would be great someday if a scout would come up and talk to me after a game. But right now, we're all just working hard and concentrating on getting a win this weekend ... against a team that we're (statistically) better than. We'll just have to see.''

Battle Creek and its opponent for games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon -the Quad City Junior Flames out of Davenport, Iowa - are both off to 0-4 starts in the Central Division. The Junior Revs have allowed 29 goals in four games and scored 10, while Quad City has scored only 10 goals and surrendered 17.

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