Pietrus pleased with pre-season progress
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Captain Jordan Pietrus says he is pleased with the club’s pre-season preparation but can’t wait for the puck to drop for the first competitive game of the season on Sunday.
“With Danny coming in, there’s a different atmosphere, different systems and a lot to learn,” said the 30-year-old. “We’ve played a lot of games as well and I think it’s going really well.”
The Canadian, who opened his account against the Nottingham Panthers on the opening day has seen his team take three victories from four pre-season games, including a dramatic 6-7 overtime victory in Manchester on Wednesday where Blaze trailed by two goals with just under a minute a half of the game to go.
“It was crazy. We had a let-down mentally in the second period but we stuck with it and we didn’t give up and I think that’s important. But, there’s some lessons to be learned. We can’t have lapses at any point in the game because teams will make you pay.
Jordan continues, “That’s what pre-season is for though, getting your legs under you, getting your conditioning up, feeling the puck, getting used to your line-mates. We had a lot of guys come back but I’m playing with two totally different guys, Robinson too, so we’re trying to get used to our line-mates and get that chemistry going.”
The goals have been free-flowing thus far for Blaze, with new imports Matt Marquardt, Bjorn Bombis and Robin Bergman all having multiple goal games. The Captain says he’s enthused with what he’s seen, not only offensively but with the balance of the roster overall too.
“Peasey and Danny did a great job (in recruitment). We’ve got size, we’ve got skill, we’ve got grit and tenacity and we have a lot of good people in the locker room. I really like what I see.”
The pre-season continues for Pietrus and teammates on Saturday, as Blaze travel to the new Ice Arena Wales to take on the Devils, before the season starts for real on Sunday with the Nottingham Panthers visiting the Skydome Arena for a Challenge Cup clash (5.15pm faceoff)
“Saturday we have another opportunity to get the kinks out and the exhibition games have been great but you want to play for real and we’re definitely excited for that on Sunday.”
Listen to Blaze Media Manager Rob Plaister speak to #16 Jordan Pietrus following training this morning:
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