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Offseason News: Personnel Changes, Additions | Article Posted December 10, 2008

An eventful offseason has brought about several changes in both Expos leadership and player personnel.

Team co-founder and sweet-swinging outfielder Zeke Perras will take over the on-field decisions for the team next season as player-manager.  Additionally, utility man Tom Tetrault will serve as an assistant coach, while assistant coach Aaron Bennett will retain his position.

The Expos are also excited to announce two additions to their roster.  Nick Brindisi, outfielder formerly of the Loreman's Royals, and Justin Mahan, a shortstop who spent last season with the Fourth Ward A's, will both join the Expos for the 2009 campaign.  Both are welcome additions in support of what's shaping up to be an impressive roster.  Please continue to check in regularly for the latest offseason developments.

Offseason News: Expos Participate in Exhibition Featuring Bill Lee | Article Posted October 1, 2008

Several Meron's/Renzi Expos came together last Sunday to participate in "Strike Out Malaria," an event hosted by Plattsburgh State to benefit the Nothing But Nets Foundation, and headlined by former Red Sox and Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Lee.  Expo Mike Bergman played a large part in putting the exhibition game together, and teammates Matt Kelley, Zack Welch, Dan Noonan, and Aaron Bennett all helped out in some capacity.  A great time was had by all involved, and a gallery of images from the game is available here.

Offseason News: Expos Coach Babe Ruth Team to Title | Article Posted August 9, 2008

While the Expos' CVBL season may be finished, the team continues to find ways to contribute to local baseball.  This past week, the Elks Club won the Plattsburgh City Babe Ruth title, earning the city championship for 13-15 year olds in a 10-inning nailbiter.  The Elks are managed by Expo Mike Bergman, who is assisted by CVBL teammate Travis Lavarnway.  In-depth coverage of the Babe Ruth title game can be found via the Press-Republican article here.

Brilliant Effort by St. Louis ends Expo Season in Quarterfinal | Article Posted July 30, 2008

Unable to generate a sustained offensive attack in the face of Adirondack Timberjaxx ace Jeremiah St. Louis, the Meron's/Renzi Expos found themselves upset 4-0 in their first playoff appearance.

Of course, this is not to say that the Expos went quietly.  St. Louis was largely matched by a fantastic performance by Expos starter Mike Bergman, who actually allowed fewer hits (4 to 5) and struck out more batters (14 to 12) than St. Louis.  The Timberjaxx, however, jumped on every opportunity they were allowed, while the Expos failed to capitalize on the few bright spots their offense produced.

Chief among the Expo hitters in the losing effort was Pat Shaughnesy, a playoff pickup from the Clinton County Mariners.  His two solid hits off of St. Louis, including an early double, highlight the promise of things to come for M/R.

For now, however, the Expos are forced to watch the balance of the CVBL playoffs from the sidelines.  It's a disappointing end to an impressive inaugural regular-season campaign, but it doesn't diminish the superlative efforts of the Expos over the course of their first summer of existence.

On a lighter note, the quarterfinal game provided an opportunity to finally accrue some photographic content for the website (many thanks to Ms. Peggy Hoy for her efforts on this front).  Look for a long-overdue update to the Team Photos section in the near future.

Have a great summer, everyone.

CVBL Quarterfinal Postponed...Again | Article Posted July 20, 2008

Rain once again washed out the full slate of CVBL playoff games for this weekend, meaning that the Expos' quarterfinal with the Timberjaxx has been moved back to Sunday, the 27th.  Due to scheduling conflicts, the Expos may require the use of an alternate home field for the game.  Check here for updates on the situation.

CVBL Quarterfinal Postponed | Article Posted July 13, 2008

The CVBL Quarterfinal game between the Expos and the Tupper Lake Timberjaxx has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The make-up date for the game has been scheduled for noon next Sunday, July 20th, pushing the CVBL playoffs back by exactly one week.

Expos Battle to Split with Cardinals in Season Finale | Article Posted July 9, 2008

Despite a deflating 3-1 setback versus the Plattsburgh Cardinals in game one of their season-ending doubleheader, the Expos battled back time and again in game two to earn an 8-7 victory and a split with the defending champs.

Game one was a consummate pitcher's duel, pitching Expos ace Mike Bergman against Gary Duquette, the Cards' perennial all-league performer.  Two pitches wound up making all the difference: Gus Terry roped a double off of Bergman, and then Matt Duquette made good on his teammate's effort by sending a hanging curve over the fence to give Plattsburgh a 3-1 lead that Gary would not surrender.

In contrast to the nail-biting pitching performances of game one, the second matchup provided a back-and-forth slugfest, with each team unable to hold the other's bats at bay.  The Expos' Steve Criss distinguished himself with three hits in support of the surging 'Spos, and Bergman and Craig Bujold produced a pair of long doubles that sparked a 3-run rally to give the Expos an 8-6 lead heading into the last of the seventh.  With starter Mark Sidoti having done his part and reliever Rich Gardinier stuck in a two-on, no-out jam, Bergman came on in the role of closer with a fastball to match, allowing a sac fly to close lead to a single run before striking out Cardinals maverick Tom Neale on high heat to nail down the save.

The thrilling twinbill serves as a perfect segue into the postseason.  Having earned the number three seed, the Expos will play the Adirondack Timberjaxx at home next Sunday.  With the Timberjaxx sure to have wunderkind hurler Jeremiah St. Louis at the ready for the single-elimination, nine-inning affair, the game could manage to live up to the lofty standard set by the past weekend's contests.

Exhibition vs. Mariners Rescheduled | Article Posted July 1, 2008

The Expos' exhibition game versus the Clinton County Mariners, postponed by rain on June 18th, will now be played this Thursday, July 3rd, at Chip Cummings Field.  First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 PM.  Hope to see you there!

Expos' Offense Back with a Vengeance in Sweep of Royals | Article Posted June 30, 2008

Having spent the past few weeks desperate for some kind of offensive production, the Expos' wish was granted on Sunday, as they hammered their way to 5-inning victories over the Loreman's Royals, 14-1 and 13-1.

Craig Bujold led the charge for the Expos: his two homeruns, two doubles, and six hits on the day produced 8 RBI.  Eric Marshall was particularly effective as well, picking up four hits despite a nasty ankle injury suffered in the course of legging out a double in his first at-bat of the day.

From the mound, Mike Bergman helped the cause by way of a rare feat: his team short on pitching (and indeed, short on players in general) for the doubleheader, he started and finished on the mound for both wins, striking out 11 without allowing an earned run and improving to 6-0 on the season.

The win was heartening for and Expos team that seemed mired in an offensive slump; timely hitting and smart baserunning combined to prolong innings and produce runs, while Bergman and a solid defense neutralized the Royals' bats.  Such crisp execution will be indispensable next weekend, when the league-leading Plattsburgh Cardinals will play as the home team at Chip Cummings Field in the Expos' final regular-season doubleheader.  Coming off of six- and five-inning shellackings of the formidable Hockey Plus Padres, the Cardinals appear to be in top form heading into the playoffs.  The Expos, who will hopefully sport a fuller roster than in recent contests, can find no better test of their mettle entering the postseason.

Bergman, Bujold, Perras to Represent Expos at All-Star Game | Article Posted June 23, 2008

The Meron's/Renzi Expos have selected Mike Bergman, Craig Bujold, and Zeke Perras to represent their team at the upcoming CVBL All-Star Game, to be played against American Legion Post 20 at 7:30 on Wednesday, July 9th.  All three players have shown outstanding commitment to their team, and the Expos have benefited enormously from their skills at the plate and versatility in the field.  Additionally, Bujold and Bergman have acted as workhorses on the mound for the Expos, providing over 65 combined innings of work over the first eight weeks of the season.  The Expos organization extends its congratulations to Mike, Craig, and Zeke for their honors, and are sure they will represent their team with distinction at the game.

Hard-Earned Split Leaves Expos, Padres Deadlocked | Article Posted June 23, 2008

The Meron's/Renzi Expos' woes with runners in scoring position continued on Sunday, as they failed to generate more than three runs over the course of their twinbill versus the Hockey Plus Padres.  Luckily, a superb combined performance by starter Rich Gardinier and reliever Mark Sidoti in game two ensured that the runs would be all the Expos needed, as M/R eked out a 3-2 victory following an 8-0 drubbing in game one.

Game one proved an exercise in frustration on a number of levels: starter Craig Bujold was effective at times, but lapsed at others, allowing the Padres chances that they did not squander; the Expos bats were able to pound out solid hits early in leadoff situations versus HP starter Andrew Bombard, but couldn't seem to solve him with runs at stake; the defense was generally sound, but a few errors cost the Expos dearly.

While many of these problems carried over into the second game, the efforts of Gardinier and Sidoti, and a single big inning from the 'Spos sparked by a brilliant bunt single by Dan Begnoche, allowed for just enough of an edge to overcome a strong start by the Padres' Jeff Norton.

In addition to their game-two pitching, there were a few bright spots from the Expos' offense.  Veteran CVBLer and Expos newcomer Steve Criss shone in his debut, catching 14 solid innings and putting up a 3-5 performance from the plate on the day.  Mike Bergman continued to contribute consistently from the plate with a 4-7 day, while struggling utility man Travis Lavarnway broke out to the tune of 3-6.

The Expos, however, are not about to delude themselves into the belief that the second game marked any sort of offensive breakout.  Hitting remains a relatively strong asset for M/R; timely hitting remains dismal.  With that in mind, this coming weekend's games versus the Loreman's Royals at South Acres Field could provide a crucial opportunity for the Expos to end their run-scoring drought.

Explanation of New Content | Article Posted June 20, 2008

Hi, this is Aaron Bennett, site admin for CVBLExpos.com.  I'm posting this article to comment briefly on the new search and advertising content present on site pages.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors, the Expos have been able to provide their team with top-notch uniforms, equipment, and amenities without the need for any fan-based fundraising efforts.  However, running a CVBL team is a costly enterprise, and we wish to offer the same level of quality for years to come.  With that in mind, we've decided to pursue a more passive means of revenue generation.

Since the left-hand portion of most pages on this site consists of "dead space" below the site navigation links, we've incorporated a Google advertisement box in the empty area.  Since the ads are provided by Google, they are topical to the site's content and will not annoy visitors with pop-ups, sound loops, or any other grating form of product placement.  They're simply text ads intended to help the team.

A bonus feature installed in tandem with the site's new advertisements is our CVBL Search.  This search box provides results only from CVBL Affiliate sites (this one, the league site, and the Timberjaxx and Padres' independent sites).

Quite frankly, we have no idea what kind of revenue the ads will generate, but any amount raised will be transferred directly into the team account for use only by the Expos.  We hope that you'll continue to enjoy our site and take advantage of our new search feature.  Have a good one -

A. P. Bennett

Mariners Exhibition Postponed | Article Posted June 18, 2008

The Expos' exhibition game with the Clinton County Mariners has been postponed due to inclement weather.  A makeup game is anticipated, but no date has been set at this time.  Makeup information will be posted here once available.

Miners Hammer Expos, Leave Chip Cummings with Sweep | Article Posted June 16, 2008

It would be tempting to point to a single fault on the part of the Meron's/Renzi Expos that led to their downfall Sunday versus Lyon Mountain, but the fact of the matter is that the Miners simply outplayed the Expos in every facet of the game, paving the way for a 5-1, 7-0 sweep.

Normally the anchor of the team, the Expos' pitching found itself overmatched, as starters Rich Gardinier and Craig Bujold fell victim to the always-potent Lyon Mountain lineup.  Each made only a handful of mistakes on the mound, but every last one was exploited by the Miners' bats.

Meanwhile, the Miners' own pitching shone: Dave Waldron and Joey Painter stymied the M/R hitters to the tune of a single run over the course of the doubleheader.

Perhaps most alarmingly, some of the baserunning blunders that plagued the Expos early in the season returned to rear their ugly heads at particularly inopportune times.  Pickoffs, missed signs, and miscellaneous mental mishaps neutralized any threat Meron's/Renzi was able to scrape together over the twinbill.

If there's any silver lining to the pair of games, it's that they were simply two rough losses in a 20-game season.  The Expos have nine wins in hand, and with division rivals the Hockey Plus Padres upcoming, perhaps it's best to simply move on and concentrate on next weekend's matchup.

On a decidedly lighter note, the Expos will also play no less than three exhibition games over the coming week.  On Wednesday, they face the Clinton County Mariners in a 5:30 single-game tilt at Chip Cummings Field; on Saturday, they travel to Waterford, NY to face the Twilight League's Fordians in a doubleheader.  Hopefully, the games will provide a for the Expos to refocus as they move toward their clash with the Padres on Sunday.

Bujold's Barrage Helps Extend Expo Win Streak to Six | Article Posted June 10, 2008

A command performance by Craig Bujold spurred Meron's/Renzi to a 6-3, 9-4 sweep of the Fourth Ward Athletics, the third such two-win Sunday in a row for the Expos.

Bujold was solid from both the mound and the plate in game one, picking up a single and a double in support of his own four-hit complete game.  The real fireworks, however, were reserved for game two: Bujold went 4-4 including a triple and another pair of doubles, the second of which would have completed the cycle at several CVBL venues.

Eric Marshall was another key contributor to the Expos' offensive onslaught, turning in a 3-7 doubleheader performance with a double and a triple of his own.

Mike Bergman, meanwhile, produced some emergency heroics in game two: expecting a weekend of rest for his reliable right arm, Bergman found himself pressed into service for the whole of game two when a shoulder injury sidelined starter Dan Noonan after a single batter.  Bergman performed admirably in his unexpected role, keeping the A's bats at bay while Bujold picked apart their pitching.

The Expos will look to sharpen their play for next Sunday by way of their first exhibition doubleheader, to be played the previous afternoon.  The Troy Haymakers will be visiting from Albany for a wooden-bat twinbill at the Chip, and with rosters unrestricted by CVBL affiliation, some interesting faces could take the field for M/R.

The opportunity for the Expos to prepare for their next CVBL matchup is a welcome one, as the Fourth Ward sweep makes for a particularly charged showdown next Sunday: the Lyon Mountain Miners, primed for their first visit to Chip Cummings Field, currently share second place in the CVBL with the Expos, each team a single game behind the league-leading Cardinals.  With the second half of the season underway and playoff positioning a growing concern, the games are eminently meaningful for both squads.  Indeed, the battle between the CVBL's oldest and youngest franchises could well set the tone for the stretch run of each team's season.

Colossal Comeback Spurs Expos to Sweep of Mudhens | Article Posted June 2, 2008

The Meron's/Renzi Expos faced a 9-0 deficit just two and a half innings into Sunday's doubleheader with the CR Tunes Mudhens.  An improbable Expos rally, however, led to a 12-11 win in that game, and strong performances on the mound by Dan Noonan and Craig Bujold sealed game two, 4-3. 

Game one hinged on the Expos' half of the fourth inning, when a leadoff double by Eric Marshall began an 11-batter slugfest that garned M/R 6 hits and 7 runs.  Jared Jarvis, a late arrival due to other obligations, then helped put the Expos over the top by delivering a triple and a double in consecutive innings.

Game two, while far more orthodox than the opener, still delivered its fair share of action.  Dan Noonan, who had come on in relief of starter Mike Bergman to earn the win in game one, started and pitched four innings of game two before giving way to a particularly nasty Craig Bujold.  His three innings of work, punctuated by a magnificent catch by rightfielder Travis Lavarnway in the 7th, handed Noonan the win for game two, giving him wins in both ends of the doubleheader.

The Expos offense remained solid: newcomer Justin Trembly did his job at the leadoff spot, drawing three walks in the contest, and third baseman Mike White turned in his best performance of the year, going 5 for 6 on the day with a pair of doubles.  Dan Begnoche delivered game two's knockout punch in heroic fashion, notching the Expos fourth run with a straight steal of home in the fourth.

Once again somewhat undermanned, the Expos still found the resolve needed to sweep a powerful CR Tunes team.  Next week brings the Fourth Ward Athletics to Chip Cummings Field.  The A's have not seen much success this season, but as a young franchise, they could prove a dangerous foe as an unknown quantity.  Coming off of the past two weeks, however, the Expos appear ready to face all comers.

Shorthanded Expos Sweep Timberjaxx in Tupper Lake | Article Posted May 27, 2008

Despite a makeshift nine-man roster, the Expos left LP Quinn Field with a hard-earned sweep of the Adirondack Timberjaxx Sunday.

The Expos relied on newcomers Tyson Tyrell and John Ripepi to fill out their roster, and each performed his duties admirably.  Both played superb defense (including an unexpected stint by Ripepi behind the plate after an injury to Travis Lavarnway), and both used their bats to productive ends, with Ripepi picking up three hits and Tyrell laying down a sacrifice bunt and hitting a key RBI groundout.

The situation on the mound was much more familiar, as Expos stalwarts Dan Noonan and Mike Bergman each picked up a win for Meron's/Renzi.  Bergman had an exceptional day: on the mound, he picked up a save in relief of Noonan in game one and allowed no earned runs in going the distance in game two; from the plate, he had a 6-6 day, including a double and a triple in support of himself and Noonan, respectively.

Given the haphazard arrangement of the Expos' lineup and defense absent many of their regulars, the wins in Tupper were heartening to a team that didn't know what to expect going in.  Next weekend will bring a more flexible roster, but also another formidable opponent in the 6-2 CR Tunes Mudhens.  With an augmented lineup and a pitching staff seemingly clockwork in its reliability on the Expos' side, the games should prove a fearsome test for both teams.

Cardinals to Use Chip Cummings Field for Second Doubleheader | Article Posted May 21, 2008

Following the past weekend's exciting doubleheader, the Plattsburgh Cardinals have negotiated with the Expos to play the two teams' second regular-season twinbill at Chip Cummings Field.  The games in question will occur July 6th, and Plattsburgh will remain the home team for the day despite playing at the Expos' home field.

Tough Losses vs. Cardinals Leave Expos at .500 | Article Posted May 19, 2008

A pair of frustrating losses at the hands of the Plattsburgh Cardinals dropped the Expos to 3-3 following three weeks of games.

The losses were vexing not only for their tight scores, but also for their missed opportunities.  A superb debut on the mound by Mark Sidoti, for example, very nearly made a single run scored on Plattsburgh's Tom Neale stand up.  An error-plagued third inning, however, led to three unearned runs for the Cardinals, and an Expos loss.

M/R's defensive lapses were mirrored on the offensive side of the ball by way of poor baserunning.  Game two saw the Expos pound out four consecutive hits to start things of against Gary Duquette, but the inning ended with only one run to show for the effort.

There were certainly bright spots: in addition to Sidoti, Craig Bujold, though shaky at times against the powerful Cardinal lineup, turned in a solid start and delivered three hits on the other side of the ball.  Joe Curcio had a phenomenal day, going 5 for 7 with a triple and a pair of doubles, and Zack Welch added two triples of his own.  Jared Jarvis even managed to accomplish the improbable, sending a majestic drive over the left-center field fence to notch the first-ever CVBL homerun at Chip Cummings Field.

Unfortunately, these efforts were largely squandered by mental lapses, an issue that the Expos will have to address next Sunday versus the Timberjaxx.  With ace Jeremiah St. Louis likely to start the first game in Tupper Lake, and a number of key absences depleting the Expos' roster for the doubleheader, the margin for error will be quite slim if Meron's/Renzi hopes to climb back above the .500 mark.  The talent is certainly there - playing the 2-time defending champs so closely is nothing to sniff at - but the Expos still need to find the level of execution required to convert that talent into an exceptional ballclub.

Expos Sweep Royals in Chip Cummings Debut | Article Posted May 12, 2008

Strong starts by pitchers Dan Noonan and Mike Bergman carried the Expos to their first two home wins on Sunday.  Each hurler went the distance against a game Loreman's squad to hold the Royals in check.

Runs were a precious commodity all day, as Reilly Lawless, Chris Markwica, and Chris Van Houten were able to largely stymie the Expos hitters.  A few bright spots were all Noonan and Bergman needed, however, and Meron's/Renzi was able to provide just enough to get the job done.

In game one, Eric Marshall continued his hot hitting with a two-hit performance while Zack Welch and Zeke Perras all but assured at least a man on base between them from the top of the order.

Game two was similarly frustrating on the batters' side, but continued success by Welch and a two-hit performance from Jared Jarvis in his CVBL debut spurred the Expos to the sweep.

Bergman was in control throughout the first contest, striking out six without issuing a walk and surrendering only one earned run.  Noonan did him one better in the second game, allowing only two unearned runs while fanning ten and putting up a zero of his own in the walk column.

Pitching will be of the utmost importance next weekend, as the 2-time defending champion Plattsburgh Cardinals visit Chip Cummings with a roster stacked with potent bats.  If the Expos can continue to throw like they did against the Royals while mustering a more consistent offensive attack, however, the doubleheader should make for a must-see matchup.

Expos Square Off versus Royals in Home Opener | Article Posted May 10, 2008

The Meron's/Renzi Expos will play their first-ever games at Chip Cummings Field this Sunday as they host the Loreman's Royals in CVBL Week 2 action.

Following a promising but frustrating split at Hockey Plus, the Expos return this weekend with a full roster and ambitions to open the Chipper's summer schedule in style.  Joining last week's already-formidable group will be CVBL and PSU standouts the likes of Zack Welch, Mike White, and Jared Jarvis.

Additionally, the Expos' pitching staff will come in fully rested on Sunday, having been forced into limited innings by SUNYAC tournament games last weekend.  The prospect of a rested bullpen in tandem with the additional pitching talent expected to join the team on Sunday makes for a truly formidable corps of hurlers.

Also rejoining the team will be Travis Lavarnway, recovered from a batting practice scare that left him bloodied and bruised, but not nearly enough to keep him off the field this Sunday.

For Loreman's part, they will look to turn in a strong effort versus the Expos following a disappointing Week One sweep at the hands of the two-time defending champion Cardinals.  M/R's primary concern in battling the Royals will undoubtedly be Chris Markwica, who led the CVBL in homeruns last season while posting a 3.36 ERA on the mound.

With a near-optimum forecast for gametime, an opponent hungry for its first win, and a full roster to utilize, tomorrow's games should prove a fitting inauguration for the Expos' tenure at Chip Cummings Field.

Lavarnway Stable after Pregame Scare; Hopes to Join Roster for Home Opener | Article Posted May 6, 2008

Travis Lavarnway is in stable condition following a freak accident during batting practice prior to Sunday's games.

Lavarnway was throwing BP for the Expos when a line-drive partially caught the netting of the pitchers' L-screen, curled around, and slingshotted the ball directly into the catcher's nose.  Travis' nasal bridge was fractured, making for a grisly scene as he was quickly assisted by teammates into the Meron's/Renzi dugout.

Travis has since made a quick recovery, however, and now hopes to play next weekend, as the Expos host the Loreman's Royals.  The whole of the Expos franchise is both proud and relieved at Lavarnway's ability to bounce back from his injury.

Meron's/Renzi Battles to Split in Season Opener; Win First-Ever Franchise Game | Article Posted May 6, 2008

Sunday's doubleheader in Saranac ended on something of a sour note for the Meron's/Renzi Expos, as a walkoff single by Kyle Rock delivered a split for the Hockey Plus Padres.  Nonetheless, as franchise opening weeks go, the Expos acquitted themselves quite well against the '07 runners-up.

Game one served as a promising portent of things to come from the plate: Joe Curcio smashed the ball early and often off of HP starter Jeff Norton, while Zeke Perras got the job done in front of him to ensure he had baserunners to bring home.

Meanwhile, Expos starter Mike Bergman picked up where he left off for the Padres last year, going the distance in under 90 pitches to earn the franchise's first win.  Bergman was characteristically economical, walking only two and forcing the Padres to either put the ball in play or be rung up as it sailed into catcher Matt Kelley's glove.

Game two was something of an exercise in frustration for the Expos: they benefited from an admirable effort on the mound by a cadre of pitchers made necessary by their participation in the SUNYAC tournament earlier in the weekend.  However, a dearth of timely hitting (mitigated by a few highlights like a booming Curcio double and a long triple by the fleet-footed Jeremy Bissonette) combined with great play by both Padres starter Andrew Bombard and his defense kept the Expos bats just as anemic as those of Hockey Plus, until Rock ended things in the final inning.

Next weekend brings the Expos' home opener at Chip Cummings field, along with a fully stocked and rested Meron's/Renzi roster.  Given their promising performance against the Padres, the Expos hope to display their full potential versus the Loreman's Royals.

Expos Open Season in Saranac | Article Posted May 1, 2008

The Expos will take the field for their first-ever CVBL tilt this Sunday, squaring off against the Hockey Plus Padres at Saranac High School Field in Pickett's Corners.  The twinbill serves as the culmination of an offseason tirelessly spent putting a winning team together in order to contribute a strong new franchise to the CVBL.

The Padres should put the Expos' fortitude to the test early: Hockey Plus came within a single game of the CVBL crown last season, and assuredly look to enjoy the same kind of success in '08.  They return both hard hitters like Kyle Rock and Jeff Norton, and slick defense as provided by stalwarts like Shane Perrotte.

An interesting dimension will be added to the game by the former allegiance of several Expos to Hockey Plus.  Mike Bergman, Craig Bujold, Zack Welch, and others all wore the Padres' blue and gold last season, but decided to offer their services to the fledgling Expos for 2008.

The doubleheader receives another wrinkle by virtue of its date: since several Expos play for the Plattsburgh State Cardinals, they will be in Cortland this weekend attempting to win a SUNYAC crown.  Their attendance for the doubleheader depends on their fortunes in their collegiate capacities.

Regardless of available personnel, however, Meron's/Renzi believes they will field a strong starting nine on Sunday.  While Hockey Plus will not offer an accommodating introduction to the CVBL, the Expos hope the Padres can provide the first of many wins for the Meron's/Renzi franchise.

New Website | Article Posted April 28, 2008

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