Edinburgh Capitals captain Everett Sheen admits everyone in the new-look team is still trying to work out how they lost 8-1 at Manchester Storm on Sunday.
Caps travelled to Altrincham hoping to open their Elite League season with a victory, but instead made the long journey home contemplating an embarrassing defeat.
Capitals are in Challenge Cup action this weekend, travelling to Dundee Stars tomorrow, before entertaining Braehead Clan at Murrayfield on Sunday (face-off 5.30pm), and Sheen is confident that with some hard training behind them the club’s first win of the season can be achieved.
The Canadian forward admits to being embarrassed by the magnitude of the defeat and when asked what went wrong said: “We’re still trying to figure that one out ourselves. We were playing a pretty good game. It was all tied at 1-1 and then all of a sudden it was 8-1. We don’t really know what happened, the game just completely ran away from us.
“Most of us have played pro for a while now, and we know that we didn’t give our best, we were embarrassed. We all know it wasn’t acceptable.”
While Edinburgh are still looking for their first win under new player/coach Riley Emmerson, their weekend opponents have started their seasons in fine form. Dundee beat Belfast Giants on home ice and earned a point away at Nottingham Panthers, eventually losing on penalty shots, while Braehead, who drop the puck on their domestic campaign tomorrow with a trip to Fife Flyers, impressed on the European stage, beating DEL cracks ERC Ingolstadt in the Champions Hockey League.
Sheen continued: “We definitely need to bounce back with a win tomorrow night, we owe Dundee from pre-season. They are a very good team, but if we play our game any team in this league is beatable. We plan to come out hard, and if we do that we’ll give them a good run. Braehead are also look a good side. I actually know their head coach (Ryan Finnerty) a little bit, he’s from the same home town as me, he looks like he’s put together a very solid team. We’re going to have to make sure we show up and work our tails off and concentrate on minimising our turnovers if we want to get a win there.”
Edinburgh, who only yesterday trained together as a full squad for the first time following the arrival of skilful Canadian import Craig McCallum, are still looking for a balance between the fast paced, hard hitting hockey promised under the new regime and defensive discipline that any team needs to be successful.
“We’ve had problems with guys trying to do too much themselves rather than making the pass or even just dumping the puck so we’ve been working a lot on d-zone coverage and back-checking this week,” added Sheen.
“We’re still getting our system in place and working on that, because a good system that everyone works within is important. Once we have that, we can let our skill come out to play.
“We’re still coming together on that, but I think we’re well on our way to working it all out.”