Hamilton Bulldogs head coach John Gruden made an interesting point in his post game comments Sunday afternoon.
“When things are bad, things start to snowball and revert, right? And we reverted and so we have to hit the reset button.”
12 games into their second season in the Ontario Hockey League, Hamilton’s new bench boss wants to hit the reset button.
After Hamilton lost 7-2 to the London Knights, the Dogs third loss in as many days, can you blame him?
The power play has suddenly become punchless, the offence is not producing like it did earlier in the season, and the goaltending and defensive play hasn’t been as sharp.
But when pressed for answers after Sunday’s blowout loss, Gruden was at a loss for words.
He says they just weren’t ready, and thinks, perhaps, the players started to read their press clippings after starting the season with 7 wins in their first 8 games.
But Hamilton has now lost 4 of their last 5, including all three games this past weekend.
There are numerous ups and downs during a hockey season.
But it is the good teams that find a way to “stop the bleeding” as they say.
The Dogs will find their way back into the win column, but if they hope to end a near half decade of playoff-less hockey in Hamilton… they can’t have too many of these losing skids.