CCF Game 2: Zach O’Brien Talks About His Goal And His Team

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Only in Manchester on an AHL contract, fans may not be accustomed to the name Zach O’Brien. He has quietly been an integral part of the Manchester Monarchs miracle run all year. Through the first two games of the Calder Cup Finals, no player has had more high quality scoring chances than O’Brien. After finding the back of the net in the team’s 2-1 victory in Game 2, O’Brien spoke to the press…

On what the Monarchs did to take over the game as it progressed:

“We just used our speed I think. We’re a fast team and if all four lines are moving their feet we make stuff happen and play more time in their zone instead of ours. That is our key to success for sure.”

On if there are a lot of unnoticed parts of the game that have helped Manchester be successful:

“For sure. In the playoffs it is all about the little things, little details. Whether it is blocking a shot or chipping a puck out or finishing hits. Dowd on that last goal he was on a mission, he wanted to end it and he made a great play so that is nice to see.”

On his deflection goal:

“Dowd made another nice play on the entry and Backs took a look to the front of the net and saw me there. He put it right on my tape and it ended up in the net.”

On if he changed any part of his game coming into the Calder Cup Final:

“I’m just trying to move my feet. If I get my feet going I’m able to create chances. Both my line mates are great players; Nick Shore you guys know is a hell of a player. Kempe came here and the guy is so fast. He creates so much with his speed, they’re both great line mates.”

On how the team has come together this season at home:

“We said from the very beginning that we needed to take care of home ice. We played well all year to get home ice advantage all playoffs. To take care of home ice is huge for us.”

On how to keep from getting over confident:

“We just got to play our game. Play a simple road game. Shoot pucks in and keep playing our game.”

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