December 14, 2011
By Thomas R. Chace Jr.
Most Friday nights the Providence Bruins play at home and draw large crowds that have been patient, yet anxious for victories. Week after week, loss after loss, I have been charged with interviewing Head Coach “Butch” Cassidy. Every week it seems we discuss the same problematic issues. Finally, last Friday we were able to greet each other with a smile.
Cassidy has been preaching the importance of getting off to a good start in front of the packed Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday nights. Time after time, the opposition would get the first goal and with a lack of scoring punch,
Youth has also been a major factor in the fate of the team thus far.
The recent return of team Captain Trent Whitfield is a huge boost on the ice and more importantly in the locker room. Whitfield’s veteran presence is invaluable with this year’s young squad. Cassidy says Whitfield is like a third coach who can carry their message to the players without them in the room. Whitfield saw too many games from the stands while he was injured and looks forward to pushing and educating the rookies now that he’s back on the ice.
“We’re losing the ability to win battle” states Cassidy. “We’ve got to cut down the opponent’s chances in front. Win the battles, be hard on your stick, all of this comes with experience.” Several of the rookies including Carter Camper have improved faster than others. Camper surprisingly is the team’s leading scorer. Cassidy says that “Carter is a good player, he makes plays, and he’s starting to come into his own. He has figured out what he can get away with, protecting the puck against bigger players, not getting knocked around, he puts himself in good positions.” Cassidy would like to see more players figure out what they can and cannot do at this level.
After not winning a game in nine tries,