Take your lesson and learn from it.
That’s the message from Winterhawks head coach Jim Grieve after the team dropped a 4-1 decision at the hands of the Durham Thundercats last weekend.
Although the Winterhawks carried the play and dominated the shot clock to the tune of 30-15, Grieve said his team needs to be tougher to play against.
“I thought we weren’t mentally tough enough to play against Durham,” said Grieve. “We had a lot of good chances that maybe we didn’t capitalize on.”
The Winterhawks had plenty of chances off the rush and from the outside, but Grieve felt his team wasn’t making life difficult enough for Durham netminder Gatlin Burt.
“It sure seemed like [Burt] saw everything, we didn’t get into the house enough to get rebounds, that sort of thing,” said Grieve. “It’s a lesson learned for us.”
Coming to The Plex on Friday is the Petrolia Squires, a team not entirely dissimilar to Durham, known for their talented goaltending and physical style.
Grieve wants to his team greet the Squires with some killer instinct.
“Things don’t come easy for you if you don’t work hard enough, and while we did work hard against Durham, we didn’t go that extra mile,” said Grieve. “We didn’t have that extra edge and we’ll need it against Petrolia.”
The Squires have had a tough start to the season, dropping four of their first six games. They have wins over Tavistock (9-4) and Lucknow (9-1), but have decisive losses to Clinton (7-3), Ripley (3-0) and twice to Tillsonburg (6-3, 6-2).
The Winterhawks host the Petrolia Squires at 8:30 p.m. at The Plex on Friday.
STATS PACK: Trent Hawke is leading the Winterhawks in scoring early in the season, notching four goals with four assists for eight points through four games. Rookie Lauchlin Elder is not far behind, with five points (1G, 4A) in four games.
STANDINGS: As is common early in the season, the standings are congested and only a few points separate most teams. The 2-2-0 Winterhawks are tied for 6th place with three other teams, including Petrolia. The 4-1-0 Tillsonburg Thunder are on top with eight points. The full standings can be viewed here.