You’re currently without goaltender Davis Parley, who had an appendectomy performed yesterday. How did it all come about?
He was just sore after the game Tuesday night. We sent him in yesterday morning to get checked out; they did some blood tests and then he went and saw a surgeon in the afternoon. They scheduled it and he had his surgery yesterday. Apparently they did a scope of some sort, so he’s looking to be out of the lineup for two weeks or so.
Rookie Paul McIlveen leads the ECHL in scoring, and has registered at least one point in all eight games this season. How impressed have you been with his play so far?
He’s been solid, especially because he’s been seeing limited ice time, really. He’s running the point on our power-play, so he moves the puck around really well and our power-play’s been clicking so he’s managed to put up numbers. We expected him to do that; he had huge numbers in junior the last couple of years. He’s obviously a very talented guy. Right now he’s got a lot of assists and he’s put a couple in the net, so if he’s keeps moving it around on the power-play he should continue to rack up the numbers.
Do you take solace in the fact that all four Stingrays losses this season have only been by one goal?
Yeah. Right now, I’d like to be sitting with a better record than what we have. I think we’ve played well enough to have won a couple more games. But you know I’m not worried about it at this point. As long as we’re learning lessons from our losses that’s all I care about. It’s not the team that you are in October that helps you win a championship; it’s the team you are during the playoffs.
What’s the latest on Nate Kiser, Steve Pinizzotto, and Matt Scherer’s injuries?
Matt Scherer and Steve Pinizzotto are now considered day-to-day; we may see them over the weekend. Nate Kiser’s going to be out a month with a broken tibia, so we’ll be without him for quite some time.
It seems as if you’ve had something to worry about, lineup-wise, each game this season. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?
Yeah, I think now that our schedule has kind of slowed down. It always happens that way; you play eight games in twelve nights and you start getting banged up. You play a short roster and you continue to get banged up. But now, I think, we’re only playing three games in the next two weeks, so it’ll give guys a lot of time to rest. We’ll practice hard, work on systems, and hopefully improve as a team and get healthy over the next couple of weeks.
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