Assistant coach Todd Alexander says the team didn’t play particularly poorly but seemed to have an issue finding their legs after being off for nearly a full week.
“We played okay tonight, we were just a little bit flat. Sometimes that happens. Maybe it was too much lay off for us; we are a team that likes to play a little back to back and stay in the trenches and battle. Sometimes when we have an extended layoff we come out a little bit flat and that’s what happened tonight,” he explains. “We’ll get home and we’ll be energized. Now we’ve got our feet wet in this series. We know what Grande Prairie is bringing so I think we’ll answer the bell for sure, we’ll be ready to go and have a little better effort.”
He adds that the powerplay needs to do a better job of creating mismatches with puck movement, but is optimistic for a better effort with the man advantage for game two.
“The powerplay just wasn’t moving the puck. They’re trying to skate it too much. They weren’t getting in their proper positions. There was a lot of chaos going on out there and frustration and it showed. We’re a lot better puck moving hockey club than that and I think tomorrow night we’ll fix that and it will be better. I think the lines are fine it’s just the guys that are on the lines need to come a little better prepared and we need to move the puck, period. Anytime you get into the final four and you try to outskate your man on the powerplay it’s just not going to happen. You’re playing into the penalty kill’s strengths and at this level you’re not going to get away with it. You have to move the puck and create an open man and we weren’t doing it.”
Goalie Travis McLean had a lot of pucks fired his way in the contest. He turned aside 38 of 42 shots in the game.
The Huskies will be looking to tie up the best of seven series at one with a win at the North Peace Arena tonight at 8 p.m.