PLAYER REACTION: Sheffield Senators

As WILD take their first win as a team, we catch up with Ben Simister, Joe Charlton, Tom Ratcliffe, Matt Watts and MVP Greg Ruxton

Ben Simister, Captain, #67, Forward
It was good to get our first win of the season! Personally I think the 4-1 scoreline didn’t reflect the game as we had most the possession in their zone. We worked the puck very well down low and just didn’t manage to put the puck in the back of the net as much as we should of done really! But overall, all the lads worked really hard and lines seem to be gelling more and more each week now, so let this be number one of many! We have a tough weekend next weekend, so it’s important we keep this winning mentality, train hard at practice and come out stronger next weekend!

Greg Ruxton, MVP, #64, Netminder
After our first two away games to Deeside we looked good but had to work on certain parts of our game, Mark Gillingham went straight to it on training with some drills which really showed in the Sheffield game.
We started off slow in the first period and never looked like we got out of second gear but after we all got our heads into the game in the second period things started coming together and the drills we had been using in training started to show. Although we went a goal behind I think it was the kick in the arse we needed to step up our game, this soon happened when we got a quick goal and then came into our own. When we got going and stepped it up a few gears we held the puck like we were on a power play in sheffields zone and dominated.
We still have a lot to work on, but as a team we are really gelling together and getting stronger.
I’m proud to be apart of this team and again a big thank you to all the fans and coaches that traveled with us. Things are only going to get more “wild”

Tom Ratcliffe, #11, Forward
To play my first senior game and get a win on the road with the boys, is one of the best experiences I have had in ice hockey. I think we had a slow start to the game but during the second period we found our way and were definitely the better team. Greg played outstandingly, only letting in one with all the chances Sheffield had, he definitely proved himself in that game. The fans that watched the game were a big presence as they made more noise than the home fans, and I hope all of the fans will be coming to more away games this season. Also a big thanks to Mick and the Drivers for organising the coach to the game.

Matt Watts, #91, Forward
It was great to make my debut. Having only trained twice with the team I am only just getting to know the lads but there seems to be a great atmosphere in the locker room.

The lads played really well, I thought Ruxton was awesome in goal making some big saves at key times during the game. Calum’s goal was a big turning point in the game. I thought the quick reply allowed us to settle back into the game. Dippy’s goal was a great team goal with all three forwards involved in the play.

To be part of the Wilds first win was awesome, but my aim now is to break into the team and get a chance to show exactly what I can do.

Joe Charlton, #68, Defender
Obviously i’m delighted to get the 1st win under our belts for the Wild, however I feel the 4-1 score line did not reflect our dominance of the game, especially in the 2nd and 3rd periods.

After a very lethargic 1st period, where we never really got going, it took a goal from Sheffield to kick us into 2nd gear. After that point I feel we controlled the game, containing them in their zone for long periods of time and they had their netminder to thank for keeping them in the contest for so long.

I am a little bit disappointed we couldn’t push on and get a few more goals, but it’s been the defensive side of ourgame that we have been working on, so to concede one goal shows our hard work in training is paying off. Also a big shout out to Greg Ruxton between the pipes, who was phenomenal and very unfortunate not to secure the shut out.

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