BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - The Binghamton Devils are back in action Wednesday night in Laval, Quebec. After a victory last week at Lehigh Valley, the B-Devils dropped two games to Providence over the weekend. As the team tries to get back on track, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal caught up with head coach Rick Kowalsky for the latest edition of B-Devils Sit-down.
After the 3-0 shutout victory last Wednesday at Lehigh Valley, did the two losses to Providence feel like a step backwards?
"Not really a step backwards," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "Both games, there were certainly parts of the game that we were happy with the way we played. We out-chanced them the first game Friday night, and Saturday it was a tie game going into the third period. We just have to find a way to not get away from our game, or let other teams dictate the play at certain points for very long. That's really been the problem."
How do you get a young team to avoid having its opponent dictate the tempo?
"Well this is the process," said Kowalsky. "When you have a young team, especially when you're not consistently winning games, confidence is a thing that comes when you're winning and playing well and it's contiguous. I think frustration is also something that can creep in there real quick. That's been the focus of our coaching staff, to try to stay positive with these guys."
B-Devils play the Rocket Wednesday night How can the team limit the Rocket's chances offensively?
"We have to be tight as a five-man unit and we have to stay out of the penalty box," said Kowalsky. "They have a good power-play, but they have a lot of offense and a lot of speed and they play well in that building. They have a lot of depth as well. If you look at the Lehigh Valley game, we didn't do anything spectacular. We did everything really good pretty much all game. We didn't give them a lot of momentum. We played a smart, responsible game. We got good goaltending and we were able to capitalize on our chances. That's really the recipe for how this team needs to win."
Puck drops in Laval at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.