By Melissa Milonow
BRAMPTON ??? The Brampton Thunder begin an eight-game home stretch this weekend against the second place Montreal Stars.
Having played 11 of their 13 games on the road, the Thunder will be looking forward to home-ice advantage to finish out the remainder of their season.
Currently sitting in fourth place, with four games in hand, Brampton?۪s weekend series against the Clarkson Cup champion Stars is nothing short of important.
Brampton and Montreal last faced off in December, with the Stars picking up 7-5 and 8-3 victories over the visiting Thunder team.
Prior to that, Montreal had edged out Brampton 4-2 in a thrilling Clarkson Cup final for the 2012 league title.
???We are looking forward to the Montreal Stars weekend; we have being working very hard and have tightened up our systems,? says Interim Head Coach Pat Cocklin. ???With the final stretch of the season coming up, we play lots of games that will help us gain momentum to build towards the Clarkson Cup.?
Look for Thunder veterans Jayna Hefford and Gillian Apps, as well as rookie Laura McIntosh to lead the way against the Stars.
During the December series in Montreal, Hefford picked up 2 goals and 3 assists, Apps scored 3 goals and 2 assists while McIntosh added 2 goals.
Saturday?۪s game is at 6:50 pm while Sunday?۪s puck drop is 2:05 pm. Both matchups are at Victoria Park Arena in Brampton.
Tickets can be purchased onlineor at the door for $10. Team photographs will be on sale and there will be a photo and autograph session following the game.