Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Captain's Corner - Battle Creek, Monfils and Frost trades

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 last weekend's shootout win in Battle Creek.

Yeah, it was good feeling to get back in to the win column. Even though it was in a shootout, the points were what mattered in the end. Battle Creek is an improved team that we knew would give us a game coming in and they did just that. Either way, it was great to win again.

-- On new defenseman Brad Hepler, acquired from Cleveland for forward Jeff Monfils.

Hepler looked good on defense. He is a big body that can help any team out and played well for us in the game against Battle Creek.

-- On the trades of Monfils to Cleveland and defenseman Chad Frost to Quad City.

It was tough to see Jeff go. He was a good buddy of mine from this year, but sometimes things have to change if you’re not winning. I wish him the best of luck as he joins Cleveland for his second stint. Frost was another good player that I was also close with on the team. I wish him the best of luck as he is going to play with our old teammate Aksel Campbell.

-- On new goalie Riley Corbin, playing for the Jets on loan from the OHL's Plymouth Whalers.

Corbin played well for us in the game against Battle Creek. He stopped all four shooters in the shootout and helped get us the win. It was his first game with us and I only expect him to get better from here.

-- On this weekend's home series with the Michigan Mountain Cats.

Michigan is a team that has given us some trouble in the past. We need the four points this weekend and anything shy of that won’t work for us. We need all the points we can get as we are 10 points out of fourth place in our division.  

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