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Behind the Boards – Coach Mark Dennehy

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- With the Binghamton Devils riding a seven-game win streak, 12 Sports Director Nicole Menner went behind the boards with Coach Mark Dennehy.

On the B-Devils success over the course of the win streak:

"Part of coaching at this level is you've got young players and so you like to see the type of growth that we've made over the last three, four weeks. I think the biggest thing is attention to detail in our zone. We've done a better job defending which means we're coming out of our zone quicker, which means we're able to spend more time in the offensive zone. It's really all connected.

On filling the void of Ben Street after he was called up to New Jersey:

"We were pretty top heavy and we were looking for some secondary scoring. With the addition of Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr, kind of allowed us to tweak things. We moved Joey Anderson down with Mikhail Maltsev and Chris Connors, and that line's really been one of our better lines since then. Nick's really come on the last couple of games, starting to feel comfortable, he and Brett have something going and Sharangovich came in there and really done a good job in Ben's absence."

On the energy of the team during the win streak:

"I think they're having a lot of fun. And it's fun when you're playing well and getting rewarded. Coaches aren't as interested in having fun as they are taking care of business. So I wouldn't mind maybe some less exciting wins, but it's great for the fans, hopefully they're able to enjoy it. A lot of those wins have occurred on the ice here at Floyd Maines, so come on down watch us play as we go for eight. "

On whether or not he has any superstitions during this stretch:

"I am not very superstitious as a matter of fact. And hockey players tend to be as well as hockey coaches. I kind of like to mess with the superstitions, the coaches, not the players. I don't want to get in the way of the players superstitions. No, if what color tie I wear has an effect on whether we win or lose, there's a big problem."

Tonight's puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. The Binghamton Devils take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on the road Friday, and return home to host the Syracuse Crunch Saturday.

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