Thursday, October 21, 2010

Captain's Corner - Battle Creek, win streak, league showcase

Each week, Metro Jets captain Mike Corder will chime in on the previous weekend, the weekend ahead and the current situation of the team.

-- On Saturday's game being tougher than he thought it would be playing a winless Battle Creek team.

In this league, you have to expect every game and every team to be tough; you can't take any team for granted. In Saturday's game, the first period was rough. We gave them life and with a team like Battle Creek, you can't do that or you will end up being their first franchise victory. Battle Creek was fast in the first period and we learned really quick that we had to keep the pressure on and keep playing hard.

-- On the team's four-game winning streak and how Coach Cirone is keeping the players on an even keel.

We don't let our heads get big, that is for sure, and Coach doesn't let up on us, either. Four in a row feels great, but we know that there is a lot of hockey yet to play this year and we still have a long way to go to reach our goals as a team. Coach doesn't have to do much. We police ourselves pretty well, but I am sure Coach knows how to bring us down a notch if we were to get cocky.

-- On this weekend's CSHL Showcase where the Jets will play four games in four days.

It is a lot of hockey in a short time and I remember how tired I was before game four of the showcase last year! This year, the showcase is earlier in the season and I feel that the team is better prepared for the grind. We are ready to work hard to keep the streak alive. As far as the scouts go, we can't let that distract us from our focus. Our mission is to play good, smart hockey and walk away with eight points from the weekend. The rest will take care of itself.

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