By Chelsa Messinger
The Columbus Cottonmouths are more than halfway through the season, and every team wants to be playing their best brand of hockey late in the year.
For instance, last year, the Snakes weren't the team to beat throughout the season, but
instead, caught fire at the end of the season. Columbus even going on to eventually win the SPHL Championship.
Will it be the same story this year? Here's what the players said.
"I think we're playing well with adversity right now," said Cottonmouths Defenseman Chris Bailer. "We have quite a few injuries, so we're just kind of hanging in there. We're still winning so that's nice. We're still climbing the standings. We had a tough start, so we're really rolling now."
"We had a quick meeting about a week ago," said Cottonmouths Co-Captain Sam Bowles. "I think we kind of turned a page a little bit and found our identity as a team. I think everyone kind of felt it a little bit and I think we're right where we need to be, so a lot similar to last year right now."
"We want to hit our peak in the next few weeks or so, so we have to work towards that," said Cottonmouths Right Wing Derek Pallardy. "We're not going to be able to flip the switch come playoff time, no team is able to do that. We have to be hitting our stride before that time comes."
"I think we're just starting to hit our stride now, I think we're playing better hockey," said Cottonmouths Right Wing Jason Yuel. "We're starting to play the way we need to play if we want to win the championship. We have great leadership, they were here last year, and they told us it's all about getting hot at the end of the season. That's just what we're trying to focus on, just getting better everyday."
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