Halifax Mooseheads head coach and general manager Cam Russell was very pleased with how his team played on Wednesday night. Saint John Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant on the other hand wasn't as pleased with his team.
"It's pretty disappointing,'' Gallant told the Telegraph-Journal after the game on Wednesday. "It (a letdown) happens after you come back from a long road trip like we had.
"The guys are pretty tired and they looked it. We really had a tough game and we didn't play well. The guys were not quite focused and they probably thought it would be a little easier at home, but it never is.''
Reading Gallant's comments would make most people think the Sea Dogs suffered an ugly defeat. But it was the opposite on this night as the Sea Dogs, ranked sixth in the nation and first in the QMJHL, barely defeated the last place Mooseheads (1-18-0-1).
"It was a good game right from the start," said Mooseheads head coach and general manager Cam Russell to the Chronicle Herald. "I thought it was probably one of our best efforts so far as a team. I thought all 20 guys played very well. (Goalie Mathieu) Corbeil played well and gave us a chance to win.
"We were playing against the top team in the league and held them to two shots in the second period and kept them under 30 shots. The opportunity was there but they’ve got a good overall team. You really have to work for your chances against those guys."
The comments of the two coaches are the tales of two completely different teams. In one corner we have Russell who has been on the QMJHL since 1985 and now coaches a rebuilding Mooseheads squad. On the other side is rookie coach Gerard Gallant who is coaching a Saint John team loaded with talent and ready for a Memorial Cup run.
“Sometimes it’s luck, sometimes it’s a youthful mistake … It’s a different thing every time,” Russell said to Metro Halifax. Halifax's season is something Saint John fans know all to well. But hang in there Moose Country, your time will come.