The two thumpings the Kapuskasing Eastview Chev RV Flyers took at the hands of the North Bay Trappers in their home debut games this weekend wasn’t unforeseen said coach Glen Denney.
“We’ve been playing a lot of games early in the season, which has cut down on the number of practices we’ve been able to have,” said Denney. “Now, it’s great to play a lot of games for teaching systems, but when it comes to details practice time is key. “Playing that many games also allowed us to slip into some bad habits that we weren’t able to correct because we didn’t have enough practices. We were getting some positive results, so a lot of people thought we were playing OK, but we weren’t. We were just getting away with bad habits because we were getting bailed out by great goaltending here and there and this weekend, North Bay punished us for our bad habits.”
Saturday, the Flyers would get into a hole early, going down 3-0 in the first period. The Kap club would give the hometown fans something to cheer about, when it narrowed the club to 3-1, but that enthusiasm was soon dampened, when the Trappers went up 4-1 before the end of the second frame.
The Trappers would add another in the third to take a 5-1 lead, but the Flyers would pot a couple in the period in what would end up in a 5-3 Kap loss.
“We have to be first on the puck and we weren’t,” said Denney of Saturday’s loss. “If you’re not first on the puck you’re playing defense and against a team like North Bay, which I believe is the best in the league, they’re going to transition really quick and make you pay.”
Flyers captain Jacob Comeau and assistant Jared Dupuis each had two points in the effort.
Sunday would prove to be déja vu all over again, as the visiting Trappers took a 3-1 lead through one period, then add a couple more in the second in a 5-1 Kap loss.
Nicholas Belisle had the lone goal in the game for the Flyers.
“It’s funny because we’ve actually been playing some pretty good hockey with the exception of a few moments heading into this weekend,” said Denney. “There were times on Sunday when we were good, but the second we had a lapse of concentration we paid for it. It’s about maintaining a consistent effort and intensity over a full 60 minutes and it can be tough. If nothing else hopefully we learned some lessons this weekend after taking two pretty good beatings.”