CCF Game 2: Winning Goalie JF Berube Talks About The Game, Series

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Manchester Monarchs’ starting goalie JF Berube has had his ups and his downs throughout the playoffs. In Game 2, the goalie stopped 24 shots, only allowing 1 to beat him, as he helped guide his team to victory. After the game, the netminder spoke to MayorsManor exclusively…

On picking up the win:

“I think it’s big. We just stuck to our game all game long. We managed the puck really [well]. We created a lot of chances on the power play especially, and I think we gained momentum off of it. It was a good game. Solid game. We know there’s not going to be an easy game, so right now it’s all about going there and having the same mentality. Even though we’re on the road, we want to just keep putting pressure on them.”

On how it feels to hold a 2-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals:

“Obviously, it feels good. We’re in the drivers seat right now. We have to make sure we stay in that position. We learned a lot from that Portland series. We haven’t won anything. We have two wins, but we need four to get it done. We’re going to go there, play our game, and we’ll have a good result if we do that.”

On being undefeated on home ice through the playoffs:

“The crowd has been really good for us. Sometimes, it’s a game changer. We’re really confident when we play at home. Again, on the road, we’re really good too. All season, we were good on the road too. I think it’s going to be exciting. I think it’s going to be a good test for us to go to Utica.”

On his performance:

“I didn’t get too many chances, and the chances they had, obviously I stopped it. It was a good game. Guys did a really good job on the penalty kill, blocking shots and cutting down lanes. That makes [it a lot easier for myself].”

On the loss of Jeff Schultz:

“Schultzy brings a lot of experience behind the blue line. He’s really talkative. But again, there’s a lot of leaders in this locker room. I think Bods and Vinny were on the ice, and they were there to help out the other guys. I thought we played really good. Forbs and Millsy made a couple good plays. Rainer jumping in, it’s big. I thought he played a good game.”

On having a long layoff and then two overtime games:

“I think that’s where you see the difference. Having such a long break, we’re in really good shape. Even though we had a long break, we had really intense practices. I think our physical condition is not a problem. We can see it. That’s were we start dominating other teams – late in the second and third periods. That’s where we start picking up.”

On what they need to do to win in Utica:

“Not change anything. We’re doing good. We don’t want to change anything. We just want to play our game.”

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