Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday 01/23/11

We had a really big weekend - we finally put a three-game win streak together, so the team was feeling good and we were ready to go. Obviously, the guys were feeling pretty good in the locker room but we do talk about not getting too high - that we've got to keep playing well every night. We know that we can't get too high and think that we're too good of a team.

We got back to work on Monday with practice. Just the usual stuff - another long week of practice to get ready for a big weekend with games against Bossier and Tulsa, two teams that are tight with us in the standings.

We came out Friday night and had one of the best series of the year against Bossier in the first period. We came out and played really well. Then we didn't play so well in the second and the third, but we played well enough to come up with the win in overtime. It was a big win for us. It doesn't matter how you win as long as you win 'em.

On Saturday night, we hosted Tulsa - another team that's playing really well. I thought we played a really good game. I thought we deserved to win the game but we ended up losing in the shootout. But from start to finish, we played a really good game. Like I said, I think we deserved to win it; we just couldn't get any pucks in the net and beat that goalie in the shootout - he had a good game.

We've got to keep playing the way we are. We leave in a couple of days to go to Bossier and we've just got to keep it rolling and keep playing the same every night, no matter who we're playing.

After we play the Mudbugs, we'll be headed down to South Texas for a couple of games against Rio Grande Valley. They're at the bottom of our conference right now but they're still a very good hockey team and they work very hard, so we've really got to be ready. After that, we come home to play Fort Wayne. They've always been a really good hockey team. For whatever reason, they've struggled this year and it's always hard to play struggling teams - we've got to make sure to do what we have to do to win. They're going to be coming at us with everything they have to try to win too.

Every team in this league is a good hockey team and you can't expect to win every night. You've got to play hard and you've got to earn your wins every night.

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