BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - The Binghamton Devils are 2-1 so far in its inaugural season in Binghamton. The B-Devils split the two games against the Laval Rocket in Quebec this past weekend. Before the B-Devils head to Syracuse Friday, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal caught up with B-Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky for the latest edition of B-Devils Sit-down.
The team scored 12 goals over the weekend against Laval, what led to the success offensively against the Rocket?
"I think we are skating well and we have been able to get on the forecheck and create offensive zone time," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "A lot of things we talked about coming out of training camp with just getting pucks and bodies to the net. The guys have really bought in too. Then, the power play has been good as well. It's been clicking, so that certainly helps. Obviously, we don't want to give up as much, but the fact that we are scoring some goals, if we can just tighten some things up defensively, we're going to get to more of where we want to be completely as a team."
Three powerplay goals, one shorthanded goal already this season. What has led to the early success on those special teams?
"I think there is a fair amount of guys returning that have been on the power play," said Kowalsky. "Quenneville, Blandisi, Lappin, MacDonald, then you insert a Bracken Kearns or a Tim Kennedy, veteran guys who have played on it before. So, I think its just being familiar with what I want and it's like anything else, it goes in waves. Throughout the American League season you've gotta move guys around, but we also do have some guys that can play on it that aren't on it right now. Then we have some guys like a Kapla or Speers who could certainly end up being key guys for us down the road, but it will change. It's just a matter making sure that the guys you insert on there are on the same page and continuing to work on it."
The B-Devils face the Crunch on Friday night in Syracuse before returning home Saturday night to face Lehigh Valley at 7:05 p.m.