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PLAYER REACTION: Deeside Dragons

Submitted by on September 10, 2013 – 10:28 amNo Comment

Ben Simister, Tom McDonald, Marc Etherington and Ken Armstrong feature for this week.

Ben Simister (Captain) MVP, #67, Forward.
Overall, it was a disappointing result to end the game! To go into the third period one goal down, and then lose by 4 was quite disappointing. But, to look at the positives i’m glad this happened at the beginning of the season and this will give us time to work on our performance for the full 60′mins. We were still short benched on our defensive lines so once we have a full squad and our roster is complete i’m pretty confident we will be right there with any team in the league. Away at Deeside was always going to be a difficult first game of the season, but we have them again in 2 weeks, so we’ll get to work at practice and come out flying next time.

Tom McDonald, #37, Netminder.
While the result against Deeside was disappointing, because we could have definitely got something out of the game, I feel we can take a lot of positives out of the match: we scored 5 goals, never gave up when we were trailing in the game and stood up to them physically. All our lines showed an offensive threat and out powerplay moved the puck well and generated some good scoring chances.

From a personal perspective, I was really disappointed with my performance; it was far from acceptable and i’d like at least 4 of their goals back. With a better performance in net we may well have won the game. But i’ve been doing well in training and pre-season so i’m going to build on this and i’ll bounce back with a stronger performance in the next game.

Marc Etherington, #12, Defence
As disappointing as it was to lose, I think our performance was good in parts. It’s early in the season and we still have lots of work to do. Unfortunately we don’t have the advantage that teams like Deeside have, in as much as they’ve had the same core of players for a numbers of years now. We’re a new team with a mash up of players from all over, still trying to find our identity. Fitness will be a key focus for many of us in the coming weeks, I personally didn’t feel anywhere near as sharp as I was last season. But, these things take time. On a positive note we scored some good goals, we have solid leadership in Ben and Rich and I think we’ll continue to get better. It was also good to see so much support from travelling fans, hopefully next time we can reward them with a W.

Ken Armstrong, #27, Forward
I think that overall it wasn’t a bad performance against a team that’s always hard to play against in their own barn. We showed good character to pull the score back to 6-5. A bad few minutes in the 3rd period and our heads went, but with a couple more training sessions and some more strength in defence we will be a lot stronger and ready for the next game.

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