The Senators rookies bounced back from a tough 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their tournament opener on Saturday afternoon with a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night. Here's what head coach Luke Richardson had to say after the win...
On the performance:
I thought our compete level was way better and I think that was a concern for Paul MacLean and Bryan Murray last night is we weren't at that highest compete level. Tonight we responded and against no better team in the Leafs for this organization. I complimented the guys after the game, especially for the third period putting the game away when we gave them some momentum in the second period. I thought we kept our composure, played very hard, out-battled them and the compete level was at the highest we've seen this camp. That was a good sign.
On the rivalry:
It's an organizational thing, it's a city pride thing and this is a team that's a very good team in this tournament, the Marlies have a good, strong team, they have a lot of good players in their system. Last night they played pretty well against Chicago so the guys were ready to have a better game and compete against a good team and they did.
He has made big strides, I know we were happy with him at the development camp, we saw a big difference in him. Just maturity physically and in his play. Playing on a good team in the OHL and going to the Memorial Cup was a big help for him and this year at Rookie Camp he's continuing on and that's just confidence. He's a big guy, he's got composure out there and he has good positioning which is one of the biggest things for a defenceman.