BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Devils conclude their season this weekend, with just three games remaining on their schedule. 12 Sports Director Nicole Menner sits down with Coach Mark Dennehy to talk about his message to the team entering the final week, positive takeaways from the season, and his favorite parts of living in Binghamton.
On message to team this week:
“You know, we just got some guys back from New Jersey who were in a similar situation there,” said Coach Mark Dennehy. “Out of playoffs, and not playing out to string but continuing to work on culture. These are young players and you know, part of my job, our job as a staff is to prepare these guys to take that next step, individually. The other part is to take the culture that’s in New Jersey and help embed it here, so that’s really what we’re trying to do, we have to continue to try to grow the culture.”
On positive takeaways from the season:
“Professionally I feel like I’m a much better coach now than when the season started,” said Coach Dennehy. “In terms of our team, some other positives, you know I thought we stuck with it. You know, there were games there when we were definitely undermanned. We gave ourselves a chance to win because of our work ethic, and because of our commitment to playing the way that we want to play, in terms of systems and structure.”
On favorite parts of living in Binghamton this season:
“Yeah, you know, I always go back to the people,” said Coach Dennehy. “I’ve traveled a lot in my life and at the end of the day it’s about the people. Some really great people in this area that I’ve gotten to know. I would also say that the food here is excellent, some great restaurants. And all you have to do is look at me to know I appreciate food. The only negative is, I would’ve liked to have a better season for Binghamton. You know, this is a hockey hotbed, we’ve got great supporters from our booster club to our season ticket holders. So even though I felt that we took a step in the right direction, we’re not where we want to be, we recognize that. So if anything, it motivates us this summer to come back and be ready to put an even better product on the ice next year.”
The B-Devils next take the ice Friday night, on the road against the Americans. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
The final home game for the Binghamton Devils is this Saturday against the Rocket, at 7:05 p.m.