Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Captain's Corner - Pittsburgh, O'Loughlin, Thanksgiving

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 last weekend's series against Pittsburgh.

Yeah, we played really well against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. We skated with them, fought for loose pucks, took shots on net, finished our checks, everything that we should be doing. We skated to a tie and then lost in overtime. Maybe that loss in overtime did something to us as a team, maybe fighting that hard against one of the better teams in the league and coming away with an overtime loss took something away from the effort we made. I am not sure what changed between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, but it seemed like two completely different teams on the ice. We could not do anything right and we weren't able to get it back together after the first two quick ones by Pittsburgh. We embarrassed ourselves, our coach and the organization with the effort we put out on Sunday. Coach made sure that we knew that he was not happy, that much is for sure, but I can tell you that we were not happy with ourselves. We didn't have much time to try to fix things before the game against Flint on Wednesday, but we tried and we will see how things go from here on out.

-- On fellow defenseman Brian O'Loughlin being released and newcomer Jake Schlacht.

It is always tough to see someone go. O'Loughlin played 12 games with us. I don't know too much about Jake at this point. I think that we will need to see how Jake fits in with the team and how the chemistry is affected as we move forward.

-- On what the Jets can be thankful for at this point of the season.

We can all be thankful that we have families that support us in hockey and in life. We can be thankful that we have a coach that cares and is willing to work with us to help us to improve. We can be thankful that we have an organization that gives us an opportunity to continue to play high level hockey and that there is the possibility that we can move on somewhere. We can be thankful for a lot of things that we take for granted, but I think that number one is the support of our families.

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