Brandon Prophet believes it’s up to the players to determine what kind of year the Peterborough Petes have.
As the club prepared Wednesday to kick off the 2016-17 season at 7:05 p.m. Thursday against the Ottawa 67’s, at the PMC, Prophet described a simple equation for success.
“We’re going to get out of this season what we put in,” Prophet said. “If you’re willing to put the work in as a team and as individuals, you’re going to have success. That’s something we need to get right after.”
He believes they are prepared to do that.
“I think we’re going to be hard-working team and a dedicated team.”
Prophet acknowledges the team has lost some good players – graduates like Eric Cornel, Hunter Garlent, Greg Betzold and Dominik Masin and goalie Matt Mancina to trade – but he thinks a good group remains with some nice new additions.
“We might be a little bit younger, but I can attest we have a good group of guys in the room and everyone is pushing for each other. We have a lot of pride in being a Peterborough Pete,” he said.
Prophet is one of three overage players, with Steve Lorentz and Kyle Jenkins, who bring experience. It’s the third-year players like Jonathan Ang, Logan DeNoble, Adam Timleck, Matthew Timms and Dylan Wells who will have the first opportunity to fill the shoes of those who have departed.
“The guys are excited to get going,” DeNoble said. “We’ve had 10 or 11 days since our last preseason game. You kind of get that itch to get into a game. To be playing Ottawa to open up at home is exciting. For some of the younger guys it’s their first chance to really get a taste of the crowd here and a regular season game. I think they’re pretty excited.
“We want to build off what we had last year,” DeNoble said. “I thought we had a pretty solid overall season. We didn’t go out the way we wanted, but we want to build off that and maybe have a deeper run in the playoffs than last year.”
DeNoble says there is a nice infusion of new players he expects will help the team in time.
“We’ve got a lot of younger guys who want to be here and have bought in. It’s nice to see,” he said. . .
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