“Obviously you’re looking for things from Spence, a guy that’s been around,” Anzalone said. “He plays hard. He’s emotional, yet controlled.
“Ian Manzano is a quiet guy, but you look to him when you want a stretch run properly or you want to make sure the dry land workout is going well. All the guys that are veterans have to help you, not only for themselves to move up, but to help you as a coach.”
Manzano said the diversity has enabled the Chiefs to make the transition under a new coach with many new faces in the lineup.
“We’ve all got different approaches,” Manzano said. “Spence is a more fiery, vocal guy. I’m kind of more laid back. Dave Stewart is a combination of both.
“Joe Tallari is another player who leads. He was disappointed when he was dropped by Bridgeport. The first thing he told me was that was a bump in the road and he was going to come to Johnstown and work even harder than last year. He’s taken on a good approach and a good attitude. That’s leadership to me.”
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The Chiefs needed another shootout to beat Wheeling Saturday night in preseason action, as Dennis Packard scored in the seventh round to seal a 4-3 win.
The Chiefs trailed by a goal in the fifth round of the shootout when Joe Tallari scored to tie it up and force extra frames.
“The guys battled on the road,” Chiefs General Manager
Toby O’Brien said. “It came down to our last shooter and Tallari scores to put pressure on Wheeling. Fortunately, David Currie made two more saves and Dennis scored to win it for us.”
Currie ended the night with 28 saves on 31 shots in regulation and, according to O’Brien, made some big saves in the third to give Johnstown a chance to win the game.
Packard also scored once in regulation as did Jay Rosehill, and Zbynek Hrdel.