Game Quotes, December 22nd: Rivermen 3, Monsters 2 (SOL)

Head Coach Joe Sacco
(On tonight’s performance) “Tonight was a better effort all around, we were looking for the guys to respond from last night’s poor effort, and we certainly had some guys step up. We need to play for 60 minutes every night to have a chance, we didn’t do that again tonight.”

(On the team’s performance in the third) “I just think it is all preparation, being ready to play and being focused. You cannot take a shift off in this league. This is part of the learning process for most of the players here.”

(On Peoria stepping up late) “We just got caught a little bit back on our heels in the third period. We are in a situation where we have some young players, and we got caught sitting back instead of dictating the play. To their credit they have a very good team. They are a very high-powered offensive team, we were lucky to get into OT, with there 14 shots on goal in the third period.”

(On Brent Kelly’s goal) “It was a 4-on-4 situation, we had an odd number rush, it was 3-on-1. They got caught with a couple guys down low. Brent made a great play, we are trying to encourage players to put more shots on net. We need to stop trying to make the perfect play. Kelly made a great shot.”

(On the special teams tonight) “I was very happy on our power play, we got one power play goal and our penalty kill did a great job tonight. We’re having troubles with 5-on-5, so we have to capitalize on these power plays. We are working on it everyday, and we will get better.”

(On odd man rushes) “When it was 2-2 in the second period, we had two or three real good chances to give us the lead. We hit a couple posts, McCutcheon hit the post, Lundmark hit a post, it would have been nice, and could have been a different outcome if we put one of those in.”

Center Brent Kelly
(On his goal tonight) “Vernace just chipped it up the wall on 4-on-4 play, and the bench was telling me that they didn’t have anyone on me, so I just skated down the ice, Hussey was with me, and I think Vernace was with me too, the defense took Vernace away so I just shot it and it went in.”

(On Peoria being a tough team) “They are a pretty skilled, but not the toughest team in the world. They work hard and they finish their checks. They just play really tough on us. I thought we played a lot better tonight than last night.”

(On the last two games) “Not really last night, but tonight everyone worked very hard, we just have to put the puck in the net more. We are working hard but just not getting the results right now. We have a nice break for Christmas, and we’ll come out ready to go on Wednesday night.”

(On the first two periods two nights) “We just kept things simple, we got the puck deep, and skilled teams aren’t the greatest in their own ends. We played our game the first two periods, but then were just too laid back in the final period”