They have the pressure on them being the No. 1 team. All we’re worried about is our guys and playing our game.
Alex Suchon is a great example to all other young athletes that it’s not only a matter of getting an opportunity, but what you do with that opportunity.
Alex is definitely not a practice player. He’s a total gamer. Once a game starts, he’s ready. He’s cool as a cucumber. In my opinion, he was the difference in the sectional final.
This was a tough one to swallow. We weren’t satisfied just to get here, but it’s an accomplishment to get down here. I’m satisfied with how we played. We deserved better.
We didn’t want to play on our heels. We wanted to play on our toes. At the end of the day we won the game and are going to state.
The main thing I was happy about was that we had a nice distribution of scoring on our goals. You don’t want to have to rely on just one line, and we seem to have nice balance on all our lines.
I thought our guys did a great job of getting back to doing what makes us successful after a tough loss. I don’t think we had the first period we wanted. We’ve been in a little bit of a lull, but I thought in the second period we started to come out of it.
That chapter is over. We’ve talked about how now the second season begins. I think our special teams are playing as well as they have all year. I think we have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.
I thought we had some other guys who deserved to be in that mix.
We scored on three of our seven opportunities tonight and if we do that every night I will feel pretty good about our chances.
I’m happy for Travis and Brandon to be nominated for first team all-state. It’s nice to see those guys get recognized on that level. Those guys were a big part of our success this season.
We were just trying to ride out the penalty kill and not give Rapids any momentum. We didn’t expect the shorty, but it was huge.
I don’t think they had as many chances, but they capitalized on the ones they had. Hats off to them on that. That is the game of hockey sometimes.
I can’t speak for the kids, but probably every one of them, if given a choice between being on the first team or Player of the Year or going 16-0 in the Valley for the first time would pick going unbeaten.
That just goes to show what kind of kid Travis is. He’ll do anything he can to help the team and not say a word.
I wasn’t nervous. It was no big deal because we bring three of everything for situations just like this. How bad would that have been if he wouldn’t have been able to play?
I couldn’t have asked for anything better. All I wanted for them was that 20 years down the road they don’t have any regrets. They left it all on the ice. They couldn’t have played any harder.
These kids know what is at stake, and I think we were a little nervous. They’re good. I think Everest has made one of the biggest climbs during the season. A couple bounces of the puck and we could’ve been down after the first period.