Metro Halifax
has had plenty of coverage this week of the upcoming QMJHL semifinal between
the Halifax Mooseheads and Gatineau Olympiques, but here are some more comments
from the Mooseheads on the best-of-seven series.




* Brad Marchand, on playing the Olympiques: “They work very
hard. Their coach has them playing in a very tight system. I talked to (Claude)
Giroux about it early in the year. He was telling me just how much they respect
the coach and how much the coach makes them respect the system. They have a lot
of guys who can put the puck in the net, especially (Paul) Byron and (Claude)
Giroux, two guys we’ll be keying on. But they just have a solid, all-around
team. Everyone battles hard, plays to win, and will do whatever it takes to
win. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a battle.”

* Marchand, on how tough it is to score against Gatineau’s system: “It
makes it very tough to score. Those are the teams you hate to play against.
When you have an offensive team, there’s no weak spot, and you’re going to have
to battle for your goals. That’s what it’s going to be this series. They’re not
going to be highlight-reel goals. They’re going to be shots from the point,
from angles, and going to the net for rebounds. Dirty goals, garbage goals.”

* Guillaume Monast, on defending against Gatineau’s high-powered offence: “We’ve seen
what’s going on in the NHL, watching the games and watching what they do
against key players. The key is, the five guys have to be aware what’s going
on, you have to be aware who you’re playing against. If it’s (Claude) Giroux,
(Paul) Byron or (Michael) Stinziani, you have to put the puck deep and put it
in their zone, outwork them and force them to kill penalties, because if
they’re on the PK, they’re not dangerous.”

* Monast, on how the team is playing: “We’re a confident
group. We’re really aware of what we can do and on the power play, we have
really good puck movement. I don’t even think our best players have been at
their best and I think they will be able to peak and play even better. Our
power play is going to be a key for us.”

* Monast, on the importance of physical play: “As a
defenceman, it’s key against quick and good forwards like that who like to play
a quick game. You have to stop them by being physical, throwing the body.
They’re pretty small forwards so you never know, maybe at the end of the
series, they’ll be tired. That’s the key for us, not let them skates. It’s an