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Brampton - In less than a week, Scott Tanski and Sean Jones have gone from linemates to opponents.
Right winger Tanski and left winger Jones played as part of the same trio for 23 Brampton Battalion games in 2009-10 and all but one of 22 Ontario Hockey League games this season.
Overager Jones, who was traded Monday to the Kingston Frontenacs, will play his first game against his former team when the Battalion visits Kingston at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It’s the last of four consecutive road dates for the Troops, who entertain the Barrie Colts at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s going to be different,” Tanski, also an overager, said Thursday. “He was a big part of the team offensively. Change always presents some opportunities for other guys, including myself, to step up into more of an offensive role. We have some pretty capable offensive guys.”
The Battalion has lost its last five games and 10 of its last 11. Six of the losses have been by either one or two goals, including three via shootout.
“We might have been getting away from our game plan a bit and trying to be a bit too fancy,” said Tanski, who has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 21 games in his fourth season. “We just need to get our confidence back. Every team goes through these kinds of funks now and then.”
Tanski said the Troops must revert to the form they displayed during a four-game winning run that concluded with a 5-4 home-ice victory over Kingston on Oct. 7.
“We just need to get back to the way we were playing at the start of the season. We need to come together as a team, and I think our work ethic can help pull us through. We don’t have any superstars or loads of skilled players. We’re just a hard-working group that can get the greasy goals right around the net.”
Tanski said the team has worked in practice this week on finding more success near the opposing goal.
“We need to work harder on burying our chances. If we can’t do it in practice, we can’t do it in games. That’s what we’ve been preaching for the last couple of games. We all need to be better. Every guy needs to play their role. We’re working on staying positive.”
Jones joins a Frontenacs squad that is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 81 goals scored.
“We know what kind of team they are,” said Tanski. “Jones has a great opportunity playing with guys like Nathan Moon and Ethan Werek. Jones will be amped us to play us, and I think we’ll be up to go against him. We just need to work hard defensively. They’re a run-and-gun type of team, and we’re going to have to shut that down.”
Tanski said care with the puck is essential.
“We can’t be sloppy in the neutral zone. We have to get the puck deep. We can’t afford to turn it over against these guys. They’re pretty good in transition, because they can make a couple of passes and the puck will be in your net. And they’ll make us pay if we get into penalty trouble.”
The game can be seen live in Brampton on Rogers Cable 10 and in Bolton, Caledon and Orangeville on Rogers Cable 63.