In his two years as head coach, Chris Taylor said he’s never been more frustrated than he was Sunday after the Amerks game two overtime loss.
“We played a really good game and we come out with nothing. That’s the frustrating part,” said Taylor Tuesday. “I was frustrated for the players. I wasn’t frustrated at them, but the bottom line is we got to be better.”
Taylor was pleased with his team’s mentality at Tuesday’s morning skate.
“The guys were nice and light. They were joking around. They were having fun, but they’re still working and competing,” added Taylor. “If they were nervous, didn’t have that confidence and weren’t gamers than I think it would have been a practice with nobody talking.”
“Everyone was kind of recharged and clear-headed so that’s one thing about the playoffs even after a win you can’t get comfortable and sit on that so, either way, you got to turn the page.”
The Amerks own the best road record in the AHL this season, including going 3-0 in Toronto this season.
Rochester will need to make it 5-0 just to have a chance to win their first playoff series since 2005.
“We got to forget about the past,” said CJ Smith. “We have a handful of guys that have been in this situation before. Both sides of it. Been up 2-0 and lost 3-2 and been down 0-2 and won 3-2 so obviously, it’s nothing too crazy to happen.”
When asked how he’s managed the level of frustration when falling into an 0-2 hole, CJ Smith smiled and laughed saying, ‘There was a Game of Thrones episodes on and that helped clear his mind.’