Game Quotes, December 8th: IceHogs 4, Monsters 3 (OT)

Head Coach Joe Sacco

(What can we take away from the last two games) “Well we have to find a way to win games. We are all right now at a point of frustration as a staff and I’m sure the players are as well. We’ve had some opportunities to win games and in the last couple minutes of each game we gave up a goal. There is not much to take from it right now; we just need to find a way to win games.”

(On the power play success) “We have been waiting for that to start to click. Tonight we had some good opportunities and the guys responded well. That’s got to be part of our game plan because are having trouble sometimes scoring five on five. We have to get some momentum of our power play so it was nice to see.”

(On the traffic in front of goal) “Like I said last night we need to do that more of that as a team. It’s tough to score goals in this league and when the goalies can’t see the puck it’s a lot easier.”

(On Jones’ effort) “Jones has been playing very well. He gives a very consistent effort every game. He has been a little snake bitten up until tonight, but he works so hard every night. He is a first year guy, but he is making some very good strides. We are more than happy with his work ethic and play everyday.”

(On the play of Smith and Jones) “We have a guy in Smith who is a skilled centerman who can make plays with Jones. We had Stewart on that line as well, and I thought he played a good game also. I liked that line tonight and hopefully they provide us some offense in our upcoming games.”

Goaltender Tyler Weiman
(On the penalty shot) “I just stayed with him. He is a good shooter, and I just needed to outwait him, luckily I did that.”

(On the overtime goal) “It just bounced. The last two goals are just unacceptable and I cost the team two points. I take full responsibility for the last goal.”

Right wing David Jones
(On how he got going tonight) “We have been working hard as team, we got the puck in deep and made them take some penalties. We capitalized on three power play goals tonight so that was huge for us.”

(On getting prepared after last night) “I think we played well last night as well, we just squandered the lead at the end. We just wanted to continue to play hard and keep it simple, but unfortunately the same result happened today. Obviously, the team is a little frustrated and disappointed, but I think we just need to bounce back and work hard this week in practice.”

(On taking the IceHogs the distance two nights in a row) “Obviously, they came back and played us real hard again tonight. They are a very skilled team and very good in the offensive zone like a lot of other teams we play. It came down to some penalties at some key times that they capitalized on and that ended up hurting us.”

(On playing well with Smith) “He is a very good player and we are really happy to have him down here. He has been getting me a ton of shots and hopefully they keep us together and we keep the chemistry rolling.”