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By MIKE DAVIES , PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER STAFF WRITER –
Practice hasn’t made perfect for the Peterborough Petes.
After another rough outing by the blue-line in a 6-3 loss to the Guelph Storm last night at the Memorial Centre, Petes’ veteran Jamie Doornbosch says the defence isn’t translating what they practise into games.
The Petes were outshot for the ninth time in 11 games a sign of their troubles escaping their own zone.
Guelph ran up 31 shots in two periods, chasing goalie Jason Missiaen after five goals on 20 shots, before easing off in the third to finish at 38. Rookie Andrew D’Agostini did an admirable job in relief stopping 17 shots with Guelph adding an empty net goal.
The Petes, who have a 6-5 record, are giving up an average of 40 shots per night. They’ve been outshot 440 to 333 this season, a 107 differential.
“When we make a bad play,” Doornbosch said, “we’re trying to overcompensate and we end up giving up more chances. We need to keep it simple and make the easy plays.
“We practise all week long on hinges and regroups and counters and it works in practice. We just have to execute it in a game properly. It has to do with confidence. I think when we have a bad game or two our confidence gets shot down. As leaders we have to remember to keep each other up.”
It’s a young blue-line with one 19-year-old and six of eight in their second full season, but all have at least a year under their belt and the coaching staff doesn’t want to use it as an excuse.
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