Delta GM denies Dixon Ward Drug Rumors, Delta splits a pair with Bridgewater

Andrew Martin <avmartin@...>

Several league sources have pointed to Dixon Ward's amazing start and say that
he's gotta be on steroids. GM Martin had this to say..."Why is it in this day
and age that if an athlete starts doing well, he must be taking performance
enhancing drugs. Whoever's printing this stuff ought to be checked into the
boards a few times by Derian Hatcher to knock some sense into them. There is
absolutely no secret for Dixon's early season success. Just hard work and some
lucky bounces." Of course, the Delta Sturgeon GM also stated that Dixon has not
had any type of testing for foreign substances to this point in time....

In a 2 game set against the Bridgewater Rangers, Steve Shields was spectacular
in net for the Fish. The first game saw Bridgewater outshoot the home team
41-21, but only put 2 pucks in the net. Steve Shields stopped Doug Weight twice
on clean breakaways to keep the hometeam close, and the Rangers went 0-6 on the
power play. However, Delta was only able to net a single goal, and lost by a 2-1
margin. Brian Leetch had 1G 1A for the Visitors, with Joe Sacco netting the
other goal, both in the first period. The lone Delta goal was scored by Greg
DeVries early in the second.

The second game of the double-header was almost a repeat of the first. The
Rangers outshot the Sturgeon 45-23, and went 0 for 5 on the power play. This
time it would cost Bridgewater as Steve Shields continued his amazing play, and
gave up only 1 goal to Scott Young. That, however, was enough as Delta managed 2
goals in the last 5 minutes of the second period, with Viktor Kozlov getting the
game winner at 18:38 of the second on the power play.

In the 2 games, Steve Shields stopped an amazing 93 of 96 shots for a .969 save
"This was one of the reasons we drafted Steve. He hasn't had a lot of playing
time in the league, but we felt he could become an impact player. If he can
remain focused and consistent, there will be some great rewards for Steve" said
Captain Peter Forsberg.

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