Danbury Hat Tricks Head Coach: We Certainly Expect a Victory on Friday
The rabbits lost the first two games of a five-game series to the Carolina Thunderbirds and have their backs against the wall. Danbury Hat Tricks Head Coach Bill McCreary joined the I-95 Morning Show on Thursday (5/11/23) to talk about the upcoming battle with Carolina and he seemed upbeat despite his team's 0-2 series hole.
You guys got down in the series, an 0-2 hole. You barely lost this season, what was different about these games?
"It's playoff hockey, they've got a really good team and it's a tough atmosphere to go down and be successful in so kudos to them. It was tough on us but we didn't really play our game. Like you said, we won a lot of hockey games this year specifically we won a lot of hockey games at the Danbury Ice Arena. So, we're excited to be home in front of our crowd. Friday night is a game that we're pretty confident in, we take care of that and we get to fight another day."
Are you feeling good about where the guys are mentally?
"Yeah, the guys have done such a good job here all year fighting physically and mentally. We are one of the last two teams standing in the last week of the season so when you break it down, I mean how many hockey games have we won at the Danbury Ice Arena, over the last three, four years so with this season included and this group specifically. It's something that we're really confident in and we're excited to be home in front of our crowd with the energy that the arena provides us, we've got our 6th man and we certainly expect a victory on Friday."
Is your locker room loose?
"Yeah, I mean it is a serious group again it's been our goal all year so it's certainly been a focus and an intensity to it. But it's a great group, it's a cast of characters in there, they really enjoy each other, it's a fun locker room to be a part of but getting away from our locker room getting away from our house kind of put us in a different funk but now that we're back here the guys are excited and it's a loose group that's for sure."
What happens if you guys win the series? Are there bonuses in your contracts, a party, a parade?
"Yeah I don't know about bonuses in the contracts but probably a good party for the boys and we'll see if we can put together a parade of some sort."
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UPDATE: Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito spoke to us about the Hat Tricks push for the Commissioner's Cup, listen below to what he had to say about a potential parade.
Listen to our entire interview with Coach McCreary below.
We also spoke to Danbury Hat Tricks President Herm Sorcher on Wednesday (5/10/23), listen below.