By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury
If Guelph Storm coach Bill Stewart needed anyone to back up his opinion on what ailed the Storm in their latest loss Wednesday night he needed to go no further than the opposing team’s dressing room.
Owen Sound Attack coach Ryan McGill was making statements that totally supported the point Stewart was making following Guelph’s 4-1 loss at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
Stewart felt that his team worked hard, but wasn’t playing the way they need to play in the dirty areas in front of the net to score goals.
“You watched how Owen Sound scored goals tonight and I didn’t see anybody go down the ice, beat a guy outside and inside and around them. They were playing hard at our net and they were playing hard at their own net,” Stewart said. “We’ve got to start playing a man’s game, not just a game of keeping it close.
“You’ve got to play the game with dignity: the passion and the second effort. I’m not seeing that on a consistent basis,” he said.
“Yeah, we’re close and this, that and the other. But sometime after Game 10 you’ve got to play this game with dignity and respect,” Stewart said following yet another loss.
“Is everybody working hard? Yes, but we can work harder. We can play harder.”
Minutes later McGill was praising his team for doing exactly those things: paying the price in front of the net to get the job done in a tight game.
“Nick Suzuki is 16 years old and he scored two goals from the paint tonight,” McGill said.
“You’re not going to score easy in this league. You don’t score easy in any league and if you don’t get into the hard areas to compete then you’re not going to have a lot of success,” McGill said.
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