Coach Jason Christie After Reign Win Game 7

Christie-Ontario-ReignQuick quotes from Ontario Reign Coach Jason Christie following the team’s 4-2 win over Colorado in Game 7 on Tuesday night…

On Game 7 following a similar script as Game 6:

“We kind of gave up that first one there.  I thought we started a little better though, but as the game went on, the second period, we started forechecking again; we were able to turn pucks over and we were able to sustain them and off turnovers we were able to capitalize.  Guys played some big roles tonight, for sure.”

On if this was a big weight off his shoulders:

“No, I don’t think it’s a big weight, I think if you look at the teams we had in the past and the character we have now, and nothing against the guys in the past but, you bring in guys who’ve been in that seventh game, you bring in guys who are the warrior type who aren’t waiting for somebody after the first round.  I think all that adds up.  They’re a good club we were just able to find a way, Jussi came up with some big saves when needed.”

On if it got under his skin a little that former Reign forward Kyle Kraemer had two goals tonight:

“Well, you know he’s going to score goals, that’s what he does.  I thought we did a good job though the last couple games at least being able to get our matches at home and keep those top guys off in Daavettila and Vause.”

On his message to the team before the game?

“Don’t ask yourself why after… ” Reporter: “Are you trying to make this up on the fly, right now?” “No, I was trying to say it word for word[Christie laughs]. I honestly just said, you know you don’t want to be kicking yourself after.  You got to go lay it out there right now.  You know, and that’s the biggest thing, if you don’t push yourself and there’s mistakes and that, you’re going to be questioning yourself down the road.  They came out hard, like I said, they were continuously solid three periods there for sure.”

On facing Utah next:

“That’s a good team, that’s a good team.  They did a heck of a job there, obviously knocking off the top seed. Idaho’s a great team, we’re going to have our hands full.”

On Idaho being a thorn in Ontario’s side for many years, perhaps making it nice to see Utah knocking out them out:

“You know what, it’s playoffs.  It’s a whole different ball game, the LA Kings showed us that, you know what I mean?  You get into the playoffs and you find a way to gel together.  That’s the biggest thing.  Right now Utah’s rolling, we got to make sure we continue how hard we play.”

On the importance of having a couple days off before starting round two on Sunday:

“It’s huge, that trip to Colorado was almost too long with three games, but we were there seven days.  Sometimes you get a little stale there, this team here they’re like they want to “go, go, go”, the horse is sitting there jumping.  That’s something where I think these back to back games, honestly helps us.”

On opening up the second round with a Sunday afternoon, Monday night schedule:

“You know what, we have a lot on our plate with Utah. I like being able to go, boom-boom [with back-to-back games], and then Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, for sure.”

The Reign will open round two against the Utah Grizzlies with a pair of home games this coming Sunday (3pm) and Monday (7pm).

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