March 31, 2005

Interview With Mark Mancari, “For sure, Danny has been unbelievable for us all year.”

Some post-game notes from Mark Mancari on TEAM 1200/Dave Gross and Garry Galley this morning [paraphrasing]:

On the controversy surrounding the game-winning goal: The puck came through and my stick was at the right height. I was lucky to get my stick on it. This one counted and that’s what matters.

On not playing well on Friday: This is the biggest game of the series. Going into Friday’s game we have to win. We’ve got the momentum. We can’t go in on too big a high. Have to remember that Barrie is a good team. They have a lot of guys that can put the puck in the net.

On Battochio’s great play: For sure, Danny has been unbelievable for us all year. We need a better defensive game and not let them get so many shots.

On LaCosta: We need to create traffic in front of him. Put the puck to the net because he lets up a lot of rebounds. We know that he gets frustrated, so we just have to keep getting to the net.

On watching other games: We follow all the teams in the league. It’s fun to see what’s going on.

On Perry-LON: When you got a guy like Perry on the ice you always want to have an extra eye on him . . . but you don’t want to focus on just one guy because it throws the whole game off. He’s a little agitator out there; he likes to get under guys’ skin.

On physical play against Barrie: We’re both playing desperation hockey. Whatever you have to do to win you’ll do. We’ve got 20 goal scorers who are not scoring because they are more defensive-minded.

On what the team needs to do on Friday: We have to forget about the first three games. We have to work hard, finish our checks, put the puck on the net, get the puck out of our zone when we need to, get the shots down for Danny. We need to come together as a team. The first and last games we played great. If we continue to play that way good things will happen for us.


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