Quotables Oct 11

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On mindset for the road trip

“We are playing some tough teams but we just have to move forward and throw pucks on net. We haven’t had the success we wanted this year but I think this road trip is a big point early on in the season for us to get going on a roll.” – Left Winger Jakob Stukel

“Our team identity is that we need to keep it simple, we aren’t going to make our way through making fancy plays. We have to play a hard, gritty and simple game to get the win, get to the net and throw everything at it when the chance presents itself.” – Centre Matteo Gennaro

On bonding off-ice during the road trip

“This is going to be a really important road trip, we’re headed to face some good teams during it and if we can pull together some wins that’ll be huge for us. When you are spending more time together it’s great for team morale.” – Gennaro

“It’s huge, early on in the season it’s early to get to know everyone better and to really bond. We’ll have a lot of time together on the bus and it’s going to be important for us headed on this road trip. We’re looking forward to it.” – Stukel

Gennaro on the first few games

“It’s the same message we’ve been hearing since the beginning of the season. We have to come out sharper. We’re being too passive and not taking our play to the other team, our first few shifts have been hesitant and we’ve been getting caught in the defensive zone. We have to say we aren’t going to worry about the opponent as much and execute our game.”

Ferguson on Gennaro

“I like it when he shoots the puck, he can get it off his stick quick and on the powerplay he’s a big player for us there. When need him to score those big goals for us more down the road which he can do. He’s a good player that cares a lot for the game and a good person which we’ve seen.”

Ferguson on scoring the first goal

“Sometimes you score first and it’s amazing on what that can do for your team. With that said you don’t score first and automatically win the game, for us it’s finding that first goal to build confidence on to get the team going but when it doesn’t happen you have to keep playing. We want it to happen but we can’t put our sole focus on just scoring first. It’s certainly a concept of wanting to get in front and not chase the game.

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