-- On making it his business to getting the players focused on the season and not worrying about the showcase.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Captain's Corner - Showcase woes, Chicago this weekend
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 going 1-3 at the CSHL Showcase and accepting responsibility for the three losses.
As a team, we were too relaxed. We also did not play deserate enough in our own end and we spent too much time in the box. As captain, I definitely feel the majority of the responsibility. I felt that we were ready for the grind coming into the four games. I thought that getting the first win set the tone and maybe we let up a little. Maybe we were overconfident and just couldn't shake the first loss to Peoria. We came out flat in that game and got behind quick. Then it seemed like we couldn't put it back together the rest of the weekend. The showcase is behind us and we need to let it go and we need to focus on Chicago this weekend.
-- On regrouping for this weekend's home series against Chicago.
Chicago is going to be the toughest hockey we have played to date. Chicago is a talented and fast team. We need to win every shift and outwork them. When we do that, the rest should pan out. Everyone needs to do their job out there every shift. We need to play Coach Cirone's style of game. This weekend will be a great test.
Like I said, the past is the past. The showcase is done and we fell short of our goal. Now is the time for me, as a leader, to roust the guys, to get under their skin a little bit at practices, get them fired up again. It is also time for me, as captain, to pick up my game and bring new life and a spark to help get us out of our funk. We still have goals to meet and there is still work to be done - by everyone.