The Halifax Mooseheads are trailing the Gatineau Olympiques 2-0 in the QMJHL best-of-seven semifinal, and the next three games --- if they're all needed --- will be held in Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Que.
Metro Halifax talked to head coach Cam Russell, forwards Peter-James Corsi and Bryce Swan, and defenceman Guillaume Monast about the team's outlook on the series.
Russell, on matching lines: "Typically, your matches are, you want to have your top defencemen out against the other team's top lines, but forwards against forwards, we don't get caught up in that much. You could have a coach where every offensive faceoff, he would put a line on that would make us take our top line off. We trust all our forwards to play against any line out there."
Russell, on the mentality of the players in a 0-2 series hole: "That's experience. Some players are used to it, some players have been through these situations. I remember playing against Rimouski (in 2001) and being up 2-0. They came back and beat us in four straight. There's no such thing as a safe lead in hockey games or in a playoff series. We were up 2-0 on Cape Breton and we were still very worried."
Corsi, on Gatineau now having the last line change: "I don't think it means that much. Everybody on this team is capable of playing against their top lines, and defensively our lines are pretty good. I don't think it will be a big difference."
Corsi, on Robert Guertin Arena: "The crowd's a bit loud, on top of you, but we've got to ignore that and just play our game."
Corsi, on three overtime losses in the last five games: "It's unfortunate we've been getting those losses in overtime, but overall, we did pretty well. We've got to be opportunists next game and bury our chances."
Swan, on the series: "It takes four games to win this, so being down 2-0 is nothing this organization hasn't run into before. During the regular season, we were the best road team in the league. We have that on our side and we got a victory up there when they were red-hot in their barn earlier in the year. We know that, we're confident and ready and we'll give it our best effort."
Monast, on the series format and on playing in Robert Guertin Arena, speaking before the series started: "Maybe it's not the best format for us, but it doesn't really matter. It's good because we won't have to be going back and forth a lot. It's a tough building to play in there and they're a good team at home. The fans are pretty crazy and it's dark, small, you feel like the crowd's on you, but ... we've been good on the road. We went there and played a real solid game and the key is to come out strong and no matter what happens, be ready for the next game. You just have to be the first to win four."
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