The Mississippi Surge on back on ice preparing for the new SPHL season

Coach Jeff Bes is ready for his second season as the Surge head coach. Last year he guided Mississippi to a 29-24 and 3 record, losing in the first round of the playoffs.

He says key returning players will help get his younger players prepared for tough play on the ice.

Bes said, "We have a good core of players. Certainly some experience back on our defense. We have a couple of other guys that are coming in. Sean Skelly coming back and Jeff Grant coming back up front is certainly going to help us in scoring and with the fans because the fans know them. We certainly have some good young kids that have impressed both on the ice with their skills as well as their fist."

Sean Skelly knows coach Bes is doing what he can in propelling the Surge to the next level, and that's a championship contender.

Skelly stated, "He's trying to implement everything from last year to all the new guys. We have a pretty good core of veterans this year. He's brought in a couple of guys from the Central Hockey League to help out our defense. So everything is going pretty well so far."

Coach Bes has Kiefer Smiley back in front of the net. Last season the young goalie was named SPHL Rookie of the Year.

Smiley said, "It was a huge honor but I can't take all the credit my team really helped me out. My defense was incredible last year for me. I was definitely surprised by the award but it was a great honor."

With the addition of new players, it will take some time before the Surge excel in all phases of the game and Jess Bes is using practice to fine the right mix, getting his team ready for the new hockey season.

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