TROY, NY — Phil DeSimone registered a goal and five assists during last week’s three games, spending the majority of that time centering Matt Anderson and Joe Whitney. Wednesday during practice, he was between Chris McKelvie and Chad Wiseman. Jacob Josefson was slotted with Anderson and Whitney.
“I would say relying on the systems,” DeSimone said when asked if he has to adjust his approach depending on his linemates. “I don’t really try and change my game at all. I just try to do the things that the coaches ask of us in video and on the bench — what system we want to play here. It doesn’t really matter who I’m playing with, we’re all trying to do the same things. We are all trying to work towards the same goal.”
His recent success has coincided with the team’s two game winning streak, which included an 11-goal outburst.
“I think just being comfortable out there,” DeSimone said. “Coach put me in a position with two of our top scorers this weekend — Whitney and [Anderson]. We just focused on doing all the little things right and not really worrying about scoring goals or getting offense, kind of taking care of what we have to do and what we want to do on the forecheck and in the d-zone. I feel like the few weekends as a team, we haven’t been getting the bounces. We’ve been getting the chances and this weekend I think it just kind of came to us and we capitalized.”
In 22 outings this year, DeSimone has 13 points with six goals and seven assists.
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