Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Captain's Corner - losing streak over, idle weekend, newbies

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 sweeping Quad City last weekend to end the team's six-game losing streak.

It feels great. The way we won was the most important - we played well for 60 minutes in both games and came out with the four points we needed. The weekend is the way we need to play every weekend to be competitive in this league and get the points.

-- On keys to last weekend.

Playing our game and making sure that we played well for the whole game. We brought the effort that is needed and ended up with the four points.

-- On the upcoming weekend off.

I think the off weekend has come at a good time for us. The momentum is good to ride, but we have been going hard for about four weeks here and the weekend off is a good way to refocus.

-- On veteran newcomers Jeff Monfils and Derek Britton, both acquired in August.

They both have fit in well. The two are both older guys who know what it takes to play in this league. Britton brings a size factor that we need along with the ability to play in multiple situations on defense. Monfils brings his leadership over from Cleveland last year and fits well with the guys up front as he puts up solid numbers for us every weekend. They both assist me in helping lead the team this year.  

-- On new defenseman Aksel Campbell's second weekend with the team.

Campbell, since coming over from Three Rivers, has been a nice addition to the defense and not only adds another body back there, but also is catching on to our system and starting to fit in with the other guys on the back end. He brings multiple talents that can be used on the power play and on the penalty kill.

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