The Wallaceburg Red Devils Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse team is gearing up to host the London Blue Devils tonight (April 17) in their 2018 home opener.
The game and the season gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.
Jamie Knight, one of the coaches for the Red Devils, told the Sydenham Current said the team is thrilled after making some big roster moves in the off-season.
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“We picked up Marshall Powless, his brother Sid played here last year, he is the key player in that trade with Six Nations that we’ve been trying to get,” Knight said.
“We were lucky enough to do what we did last year and pick up some other good players in that trade as well.”
The Red Devils will have a new goaltender between the pipes this year, as they picked up Brayden Bell from the Point Edward Pacers.
Wallaceburg subsequently released goalie Noble Jacobs, who is pursing a possible opportunity in Brantford.
Knight say Bell will slide into the starters role.
“Brayden will be goalie, Lucas Jacobs will be our backup and will be pushing him for minutes,” he said.
“Brayden is starting right now but that doesn’t mean Lucas can’t take the spot from him.”
The Red Devils also picked up Jordan Goddard, who played Junior ‘A’ lacrosse in Kitchener, in a separate trade, Knight said.
The team is prepared and excited to start the season, Knight said.
“I think we’ve prepped enough all winter,” he said.
“(Coach) Johnny Powless has been running the offence on Monday’s in London, that’s been going on since January. We’ve been practicing since September most of the guys on and off. I think we’re prepared and it will be exciting when we get our entire lineup in.”
Knight said the club is hoping for the same amount of great support from the community this season.
“We want a repeat of last year if not more,” he said.
“Let’s pack that barn and make sure when the kids come up that tunnel, they’re excited to play.”
The Red Devils are also hosting Windsor on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Clippers ousted the Red Devils from the playoffs last season.