“This was a good wakeup call for us,” said Gilligan. “It’s been a long week for us, tiring both mentally and physically for the boys. But now it’s (playoff time); we’ve got to be ready from the get-go every time out.”
Much like the Panthers learned a few things about themselves after their loss to Peabody, Maag feels his Headers could benefit the same way from last night’s contest as they head into the Division 3 North state tournament as the No. 2 seed, looking for their second state championship in three seasons.
“How we react is huge,” said the senior captain. “It cleanses things for us; gets the loss out of our system. You’ve got to have a short term memory about these things and just come back a better team because of it.”
Jackson talked about his team staying focused on what was happening on the ice at all times, for his players to be more cognizant of staying square to the puck in a shooting position when the opportunity presents itself, and to play with confidence no matter who their opponent is.
“We’ll find out how we bounce back,” he said. “The last time we lost to Beverly (4-1 on Dec. 27), we won (7) games in a row (and 11 of 12). So we’ll see.”