Monday, September 24, 2012

Captain's Corner - Getting swept by Cleveland, weekend ahead

Each week during the 2012-13 season, Metro Jets’ captain Matt Stirling will give his thoughts on topics surrounding the team as it makes its way through the North American 3 Hockey League grind.

-- On getting swept last weekend in Cleveland. 

Last weekend was kind of the tale of two teams. We played extremely well in the first game and fought all the way to the end, we just came up short in our 3-1 loss. The second game as a team we did not play well at all in any phase of the game and for as good as Saturday game was, Sunday’s game kind of overshadowed Saturday’s good performance. 

-- On what went wrong in Cleveland. 

Overall, it was just one weekend of games against a very competitive and highly skilled Cleveland team. We go back to work today and prepare for a Three Rivers team that plays a very aggressive style and competes to the end of every game. In practice, we will continue to improve and prepare for our next set of games. 

-- On any positives to be taken from the Cleveland series. 

Even with the two losses last weekend, we still played well in the first game and competed all the way through that game. I think that was the best we had played so far and we came up just a little short. 

-- On what to expect this weekend against Three Rivers. 

Three Rivers brings back a couple of players from last year’s team that can put up points very quickly. They play a very aggressive style that makes other teams match it or fold under the pressure. We will stress this in practice this week and we will hope to take advantage of some of their miscues because of this style of play. As always, I expect to come out and have a competitive series in which I expect to take four points.

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