BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - In the final edition of B-Devils Sit-down this season, head coach Rick Kowalsky joins 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal to talk about the Devils first season playing in Binghamton and what he saw over the weekend from Michael McLeod in his first professional games.
First season inside this building what was your favorite moment that you had here?
"Favorite?" said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "I just think the year overall. The support of the fans has been good. Obviously, you have some overtime wins in dramatic fashion and a couple comeback situations. You feel the energy in the crowd and that's when the building is at its loudest."
Did you guys learn anything about playing in this arena that you didn't already know coming in?
"I think it took a while and there's a bit of a learning curve as far as the boards and a little bit smaller dimensions," said Kowalsky. "We talked about wanting to use that to our advantage and I don't know if we did enough. I think we went in spurts where we were really able to apply pressure and get in on the forecheck and cause some problems."
First three games for Michael McLeod under his belt now. Friday night, he had a shootout goal. What did you see from him?
"He looked good," said Kowalsky. "I thought each game he tapered off a bit. The adrenaline, maybe, wears off and stepping in on three-in-three against two really good hockey teams, but overall, I was impressed with his game. The biggest thing you look for with these young guys, they are drafted for a reason, there's a skill level, he scored in the Ontario Hockey League, he's got speed, but I really like his work ethic. His willingness to go to the hard areas and finish checks, and then his habits were good. A lot of times, those are two or three areas that you're always harping on the young guys."
Binghamton hosts Hartford in the final home game of the regular season Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The B-Devils are on the road Friday night at Hartford and finish the season at Utica on Sunday.