NW Giants 7 Optimist Rebels 2
BURNABY, B.C. — Doug Quinn is hoping what his team received in the opener of the midget AAA Pacific final was a wake up call.
The Red Deer Optimist Rebels were soundly beat 7-2 to open the best-of-three series with the Vancouver NW Giants — the winner goes on to the Telus Cup.
But what really went wrong in Game 1, Quinn really couldn’t put his finger on it.
“We were awful. We had bad goaltending, the defence was dreadful and the forwards, no work ethic at all — terrible,” said the Rebels head coach. “Right now we’re trying to figure out what happened. Certainly we weren’t ready to play. We got out worked and we didn’t match their intensity and sometimes when games go sideways, sometimes they can go really bad. But I was really disappointed with the effort we put in today.”
Ty Clay scored both goals for Red Deer while starting Tanner Jaillet got pulled after five goals in favour Brenden Mandrusiak. Quinn was non-committal on who would start Game 2 between the pipes.
Game 2 goes today at 8 p.m. and Quinn says the biggest thing they need to do is come with a better work ethic.
“Whether you lose by one goal or five goals it doesn’t matter — they have to win two (games),” said Quinn. “We have to go back and regroup, but we’ve got to recommit. We’ve got to refocus and recommit and we’ve got to be ready to play tomorrow.”