Matt Hotchkiss finally got the call for an interview after Friday night’s 6-2 win over the North Bay Battalion at the Sleeman Centre.
It's been a while.
The fourth-year forward had just one goal and five points in his first 17 games this season but broke out with a solid game at both ends of the ice against
He was one of several veterans struggling of late who came up big Friday.
Isaac Ratcliffe had a pair of goals, Alexey Toropchenko had two assists and James McEwan also scored.
Nate Schnarr and Ryan Merkley, into the empty net, had the other
“It was really good to get contributions out of everyone tonight,” said Hotchkiss. “We have a super deep team this year and we should be having four lines getting opportunities to score every night.
“You hope that you have balanced scoring in the lineup and it’s really nice to see some of the depth coming into play,” Hotchkiss said.
“You could just feel the bench was buzzing tonight.”
The closest it got after that was when it was 4-2 late in the second period.
Hotchkiss opened the scoring 56 seconds into the game.
“I think that’s super important to help take some of the other team’s energy away. That showed tonight with our first period, we got a goal early and they kind of fell on their heels a little bit,” Hotchkiss said.
“I think that when you’re on the road the last thing you want to do is give up a goal in the first minute, which we did,”
“A couple of our D really struggled tonight (Adam Thilander and Jesse Saban were both minus-4) and it showed on the scoreboard,”
Anthony Popovich made 33 saves for
Former Storm forward Luke Burghardt had an assist for the Battalion while Luke Moncada was pointless.
Former Battalion defenceman Mark Shoemaker was pointless but a plus-3 for
The Storm hosts the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.