The Americans’ squad will head to Helena September 15-18 to compete in the second annual DJ’s Automotive Cup hosted by the Helena Bighorns. In the preseason action the Americans will square off against two league rivals, Bozeman and Billings, and the Glacier Nationals, who is starting their inaugural season this year in the NorPac. Teams competing in the DJ’s Automotive Cup also include the Helena Bighorns (AWHL), Gillette Wild (AWHL) and Boulder Bison (WSHL).
These games will allow the coaching staff to evaluate players, make adjustments and start implementing systems. “It will be a great opportunity for our players to show us what they can do in game situations. We have a very young team and I am excited to see how the players react and adjust to the speed and tempo that they will face all year” stated Coach Frank. He also added, “We have had a very intense off-ice training camp, so it will be nice to see the guys rewarded with some early games. Obviously, it will also allow Terry (Metro) and I to evaluate and identify what we need to work on before our season opener against Bozeman on September 30.”
The game times/dates are as follows:
Thursday, September 15 vs. Glacier Nationals-12:30 pm
Friday, September 16 vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs-4:00 pm
Saturday, September 17 vs. Billings Bulls- 9:00 am
Sunday, September 18 – 10:00 am #3 vs. #4 & 2:00pm #1 vs. #2