The Admirals won 4-2 last night over the Hamilton Bulldogs. It wasn’t the prettiest of games played from either team. Not the most crisp all-around passing game I’ve ever witnessed and it created plenty of turnover chances, for both sides, that lead to rushes back the other way. I feel the win comes as a result of the Ads being the more patient team in the end. The longer the game when on – the less mistakes the team made (especially with passes). The game-winning goal came from a power-play goal. The clincher came from an empty netter – the team’s first since Dec. 12 vs. Oklahoma City, 4-0. The Ads rolled with the punches. And, in the end, the team that played smarter hockey later in the game won out.
Along with head coach Dean Evason’s post-game press conference I had the chance to chat with Colton Sissons and Charles-Olivier Roussel. Here is what everyone had to say following last night’s 4-2 victory.
Dean Evason on last night’s game and the team’s recent up and down stretch:
Evason talks about Roussel’s development this season:
Evason describes Sissons return to the AHL mix:
Evason on last night’s effective line combo of Salomaki-Van Guilder-Rask:
Colton Sissons on what surprised him from his first trip to the NHL:
Sissons talks about his family being their for both of his debuts this season:
Sissons, was that the longest empty net goal you have ever scored:
Charles-Olivier Roussel talks about scoring his first AHL goal:
Roussel on whether or not his teammates ragged on him to finally score a goal:
Roussel describes the game-winner:
“We didn’t like our game tonight. That’s for sure. My gosh. We didn’t start well I guess. We came on. Maybe it’s a couple of days off. Whatever. But, we’ve been up and down. I’d love to say we’ve been just consistent but we’ve had some ups and downs here and we need to find some consistency. The group needs to find a way to get ready for each and every game.” Dean Evason
“We talked after the first period that, for the first six minutes, we were terrible. We did all the wrong things. We pre-scouted their team. Our systems were bad. Our execution was awful. And our energy level was terrible. Having said that, we got better as the game went along. And, I guess, that’s a credit to our goaltender for holding us in there until we were able to get our game.” Dean Evason
“[Charles-Olivier Roussel] has been real good right from the start. Coming out of training camp we didn’t even know if he would be with us. He was battling for a job to stay here. Basically, as our seventh [defenseman], he has forced us each and every night to put him in and not take him out. For him to get rewarded.. he plays hard every night.. very well respected with this group.. they were pretty jacked on the bench to see him score. It meant a lot.” Dean Evason
“Nothing caught me overly by surprise. Obviously, on the hockey side of things, you don’t know what to expect in a real NHL game . So, that part of it was definitely a little bit of a surprise – not knowing what to expect.” Colton Sissons
“Something that jumped out at me was skating around the rink with guys like Jaromir Jagr and some of my favorite players like T.J. Oshie on the St. Louis Blues. I’ve looked up to that guy for a number of years now. So, that was probably coolest or most stand out thing from my trip up [in the NHL].” Colton Sissons
“That’s pretty special that [my family] got to see my first goal and point as an Admiral in Abbotsford in our first weekend there. And then my first assist and first NHL game. That’s pretty special for my parents and my whole family.” Colton Sissons
“I was getting pretty anxious to get [a goal] but, at the same time, I was just trying to help the team win in other ways. It just feels great to be a part of that win today.” Charles-Olivier Roussel
“[The team was] pretty happy for me. Especially [Mathieu Tousignant]. I’ve never seen him this happy! It’s just fun to see that the guys are behind you and they’re happy for you.” Charles-Olivier Roussel
Some say… the last time Tousignant was that happy… he was doing this.
What do you make of last night’s post-game comments? Anything, especially from Dean Evason, jump out at you?