Game 2 Quotes: Ontario Reign Beat The Grizzles, Take 2-0 Series Lead

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Matt White’s hat trick lead the Ontario Reign attack in a 6-2 victory over the Utah Grizzles on Monday night, afterwards Head Coach Jason Christie shared the following…

On being all smiles after being up 2-0:

“No, it was a tough game to play there. It was chippy and it’s tough because it’s the east coast hockey league and we can’t go out and get players and then guys are taking liberties like that. You hope the league kind looks at it. If a guy runs around and stuff like that, I know it is a game, but at some point we’ve got to control it.”

On knowing the game would be chippy:

“No I didn’t. And that’s something that we’ve just got to make sure all we can control is ourselves. We’re going to have to take the slash, the hits, and then we just got to play the game of hockey. That’s the number one thing. We can’t get caught up in everything. We just got to make sure we stay focus and intact here.”

On if it was good to see the offensive performance with Judd Blackwater out of the lineup:

“Yeah it’s something that, with Brittain and [Couture] being able to step in there with two guys out, it helped us. Nunner is skating hard, he’s playing well also. It was good for them to come out and focus and be ready to go at the start of the game.”

On the status of Blackwater:

“Day-to-day right now. They’ll both come on the trip.”

On the chippiness:

“We have to stay focused. You don’t want anybody getting hurt, that’s the number one thing. It’s sad that we have to talk about it because it’s playoffs, it’s a special time. It should be about blocking shots and taking hits to make plays. But it’s somewhere we just have to make sure we keep playing hard and keep playing the way we can play.”

On if it was surprising to have not received discipline for the pregame scrum on Sunday:

“Well, the league gets the video there, so it’s out of our hands. We have to be focused and ready to go on Wednesday.”

On being disappointed in the chippiness rather than mad/frustrated:

“Yeah. You want to go out and, again, it’s playoff hockey. It’s playing hard, but there’s that line, I think. And we have to make sure that the Ontario Reign stay focused and stay together and be ready because it’s going to be a good battle on Wednesday.”

On how to keep focus going into the next three games in Utah:

“We travel tomorrow, we play, day off and then we play two. Utah, they work hard at home, so we have to make sure we contain them as best we can.”

On having changed the lines up:

“Yeah, with two guys out we added two guys. It’s as hard as you make it. we have to make sure we’re doing the little things, getting pucks out, getting pucks in. They’re flipping it and trying to chase it down in the neutral zone, so we had to make sure our D weren’t getting caught watching there. We had to make a few adjustments there through the game.”

On adjusting to cut off the home-run pass Utah used in game 1:

“Well we adjust, you definitely have to adjust. A lot of it’s D to D and they want to flip it out so their players can skate under. We just had to make sure we were back a little bit and on the D side of the puck.”

Game 3 of the series between the Reign and the Grizzles will be Wednesday Night at the Maverik Center in Utah at 6pm Pacific Time.

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