With both teams playing the Junior Hurricanes on Monday, Associate Head Coach Trevor Kleckner took us through the important two games from each team. Both teams got points, and now both are playing for improvement as they get set to head to the USPHL playoffs in a few weeks.
Yesterday was a disappointing effort from our Elite team in a 4-3 OT loss to the Jr. Hurricanes. It was an unusual week leading up to a weekend of only one game on a monday afternoon instead of our usual saturday/sunday games, but this is no excuse for how we performed. The bad habits from the previous week of practice crept into our game resulting in the loss. With playoffs right around the corner, we will be facing teams with the same caliber as the Jr. Hurricanes and we cannot afford to have the same performance we had yesterday. It was definitely a learning lesson for our group who seemed over confident while riding an 11-game winning streak. Every game matters from here on out as this team would greatly benefit from catching the current 1st place Jr. Hurricanes for playoff positioning. No matter the circumstances our preparation, work ethic, and effort have to be there in order to win a national championship.
I thought our premier team had a solid showing against the Jr. Hurricanes in a 3-1 win. It’s always an emotional and intense matchup with our cross-state rivals no matter where we’re at in the standings. We started off with a dominant first period yet only resulting in 1 goal. A second period of back and forth penalties as well as the inability to capitalize on chances left us with only a 2-0 lead going into the third. It almost came back to haunt us as they scored a powerplay goal late in the third but in the end we came out with the win. Good teams find ways to win and with that win we were the first team to clinch playoffs in our division. Moving forward we need to find that ability to close teams out early on in games and not let teams stick around. These next games are very important as we try to lock down the #1 seed in the southeast division playoffs.”
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