By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff
General thoughts on the game
I thought we played really well in a whole bunch of areas. I was happy with the way we competed. It’s hard to play when you get jobbed like we did tonight, and we got jobbed tonight. But other than that, I like how hard we played. I liked how competitive we were in every phase of the game. But it was not an even match.
On whether pulling Rollheiser sparked the team
I think we did it for that reason. Rollie, they got a shorthanded goal and two power play goals on him. I don’t think he had any choice. They weren’t bad goals that he gave up. We had no choice and I thought we just wanted to change momentum by putting Kieran in, and that certainly did do that for us. He made a couple of big saves later on, but we started playing better when we played in front of him. Actually, I thought we were playing well the whole game.
On how Rosen’s line played
They played well. They played well last game too. I think Ben Rosen is really coming on. He got some good opportunities playing really smart, and his wings are working hard for him. It was a good effort in a lot of ways by those guys. I don’t think we had a guy even come close to not playing well tonight.
On how they played in the second period
I think we just got after them a little bit more, and I think we thought it was more urgent now. We had chances in the first period. Like I said, at no time did I think we had a hard time in the first then we came back and played well in the second . . . I thought we played well all three periods. We didn’t play well last game when we won, we played pretty well tonight and lost, so that happens sometimes.
On how RPI’s speed compares with BC
Not even close. Not even close.
On an 8-4-5 record going into break
I told the team, our objective tonight was to get the W and to finish off playing real well. We got half of that done. We really played well tonight. If you would have told me before the season started that this would be our record at the break, I’d be pretty happy with it, especially our record in the league.
On whether the ending leaves a bad taste in their mouths going into break
No. I was glad to see our guys stick up for everybody. They realized what was happening to them, and you couldn’t not get frustrated. I should not because I’m older than those guys, but it’s hard to not get frustrated when you’re getting a bad deal. We got a bad deal and they knew it.
On what the team, aside from the power play, needs to improve on
Power play. Power play, power play. Other than that, we got to get more offense out of this team. We’re not scoring a lot of goals. We got five the other game, but we didn’t make a lot of plays through center ice today because the way they played, so we had to dump it in a lot. We made some plays back from the point. They blocked a lot of shots though too. Give them credit. They played very, very hard. You can see why they’re undefeated at home.