Club hockey ready for home opener against Braves

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The Marquette men’s club hockey team will take the ice for its home opener this weekend against the Bradley Braves at the Ponds of Brookfield. After sweeping Iowa in their first road series, the Golden Eagles have looked to continue to grow off last weekend’s success.

Ten Golden Eagles scored goals on the trip while all three goaltenders were able to earn some game action. But even though there were many positives watching the Golden Eagles in their first action of the season, coach Will Jurgensen still saw a lot to work on and focused on the mental aspects in this week’s preparation for Bradley.

“For each game we came out a little flat and even fell behind 1-0 on Saturday,” Jurgensen said. “More than anything, I believe that was something we needed to work on; just coming out hard and jumping on a team as opposed to sitting back and letting them dictate the early pace of the game.”

Jurgensen also viewed the series as a great chance for the incoming players to get acclimated to the team. With the many new faces on this season’s team, he wants to see how they will react following their blowout wins.

“With last weekend’s success, this week of practice before our home games was incredibly important,” Jurgensen said. “We have worn the jersey, we know the effort that it takes to be successful, and we know what we can do as long as we stick to our game plan and play Marquette hockey.”

As for how the game plan and lines will look, Jurgensen revealed that they will be more set-in-stone during and after this weekend.

“Our game plan is going to get a bit more technical as we continue to install systems and more concrete lines and pairings moving forward,” Jurgensen said. “I have no doubt that whichever guys play are going to come to their home ice to skate hard and continue to grow together as a team.”

Marquette’s competitors, the Bradley Braves, opened up their season two weeks ago. They played Iowa the weekend before the Golden Eagles and lost in a thrilling 6-5 contest. Following their matchup with the Braves, the Golden Eagles will travel to Cincinnati for a weekend tournament against the Miami Hurricanes, the Xavier Musketeers and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.