Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Bertaggia Impressing So Far

Alessio Bertaggia's transition to the Western Hockey League is going well so far.

The 18-year old Swiss import finished the pre-season with two goals and three points in four games.

Now, Bertaggia is looking forward to the start of the regular season.

"Most of the hard part is gone, and now I'm very happy to begin the season," said Bertaggia earlier this week, "I think we're going to have a great season if everyone works together and has fun."

Bertaggia feels things are going well for him both on and off the ice, thanks to great support from his billets and teammates.

He's setting some modest goals for the upcoming season.

"First, I would like to win with the team and play game after game and watch what I can improve," said Bertaggia, the 33rd overall pick in June's CHL Import Draft, "We'll see how the season is going but I hope it's going to be a good season."

The 5-foot-8, 165 pound Bertaggia showed good puck skills and was dangerous offensively during the pre-season, but feels he can become a more well-rounded player.

"I think to play in this league, you have to be good in every area -- offensive skills, defensive play and other stuff," said Bertaggia, "I think I can be better in defensive play and better in other skills so I will have to improve."

For the majority of the pre-season, Bertaggia was playing on a line with Paul Ciarelli and fellow import Bruno Mraz and that threesome looks like it'll stay intact for the season opener on Thursday night.

Chaff...with pre-game festivities for the official opening of the new Mosiac Place in Moose Jaw Thursday, puck drop for the game between the Wheat Kings and Warriors is expected to be at 8:40 p.m. CDT (8:10 p.m., CKLQ)...Brandon was .500 versus the Warriors last season, going 3-3-0-2...Brandon and Moose Jaw haven't opened the season against each other since the 2006-2007 season.

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