BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Devils have had nine different goalies on its roster 39 games into the 2018-19 season. Before the B-Devils host Syracuse Wednesday night, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal caught up with Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy to discuss how the B-Devils can win despite all the turnover in net in the latest edition of B-Devils Sit-down.
On how the B-Devils can help out a young goalie joining the team midseason:
“Well, the best thing you can do is play well in front of him which I think our guys have done a pretty good job of,” said Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy. “Listen, the reality is, that position is probably the best coached position in our sport.”
Dennehy continued, “It’s really raised the level of a lot of goaltenders, so there are a lot of good goalies out there. We have definitely seen our share of goalies this year. Thankfully, most of them have come in and preformed relatively well.”
On if its difficult to communicate on the back end with new goalies:
“We really try to keep it simple,” said Dennehy. “What I tell our goalies is, ‘You have the most simple job on our team, stop the puck.’ I didn’t say easy, I said simple.”
Dennehy continued, “What really needs to happen is our guys need to be on the balls of their feet, get back to help the goalie quickly and make quick calls. And if not, then the goalie is sort of in limbo, but we’ve done a much better job of late.”
On if he has a message for his team as they prepare to face the Crunch who have won all six meetings between the two teams this season:
“Listen, they’ve got a lot of team’s numbers,” said Dennehy. “We’ve played well against them and we’ve played poorly against them.”
Dennehy continued, “At the end of the day, they’re pros. They’ve got come and they’ve gotta be motivated. They’re motivated to win hockey games and motivated to hopefully move up to the NHL level. So, if I’ve got to give them motivation then they probably aren’t going to make it very far in professional hockey.”
Binghamton hosts Syracuse at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:05 p.m.