As a long-time hockey man, Denny Lambert compares this to a seven-game playoff series.
“That’s how it feels, but now it’s up to us to get the momentum back,” said Lambert, head coach of the Soo Thunderbirds.
The T-Birds are slated to play host to the Blind River Beavers on Saturday (7 p.m.) at John Rhodes Community Centre before the teams meet again on Sunday (2 p.m.) in Blind River.
Twinned with the Beavers as the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League began its COVID-19-delayed campaign, the Soo beat Blind River twice in exhibition action. But the Beavers rebounded last weekend, winning the first two games of the regular season by scores of 4-2 here, and 6-3 there.
“We have to rebound,” said Lambert, who missed the first two regular season games due to work commitments. “We need everyone on the same page.”
Having watched video of his club’s weekend contests, Lambert came away thinking “we let our guard down,” in Game 1, noting how “we were a little complacent. But give Blind River credit.”