After a 4-2 victory Wednesday over the Gwinnett Gladiators, there was much praise doled out in the Fort Wayne locker room for the players assigned by Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
A little different than it was a week ago, eh?
"He's obviously a huge kid (at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and he can skate," coach Al Sims said of Corey Elkins, who had the game winner. "He can fly. He went through them three or four times and didn't have any luck until that last one."
As for the game-winning goal, Elkins said: "Luca (Caputi) made a real nice play in the middle to get me the puck and I just had a bunch of speed going," Elkins said. "I made my move to the net, got my stick in there, and it was a good goal."
Sims lauded the defensive effort of Caputi, by the way, which was something that had come under fire when he was scratched for a couple games in December.
Marco Cousineau made 28 saves for the victory.
"It was nice tonight," Cousineau said. "To be honest with you, when I went down to Norfolk I thought I might play one, but you never know. I worked hard down there and I was ready to play. The only thing, the question mark, was 'Mentally, am I ready to go back in and do what I have to do?' I did tonight.
"I just showed up tonight and played the game that I play. I wanted to enjoy the game and feel what it's like to be out there again. This is why we get paid: To play hockey. I'm really happy my teammates showed up tonight. We played well and guys blocked shots."