After being one of the most-vocal players in a post-game team meeting after Friday's loss to Kalamazoo, Komets center Brett Smith had a goal, an assist, a fight and earned 17 penalty minutes in Saturday's 7-2 win over Cincinnati.
You really came out tonight with a chip the size of an iceberg on your shoulder. Why was that?
I'm just sick and tired of losing at home, losing in general, losing wherever and the inconsistency. I was just trying to get out there and send a message and lead these guys by example. There were a lot of guys that did it, but I felt good, I was finishing hits and getting the emotion going. It was fun.
How much did the team meeting last night affect things?
It definitely helped. We were embarrassed last night with what happened. It wasn't anything we haven't said before, but it was nice to see that it sunk in a little bit and it was nice to see that big effort tonight.
Could you see the difference in Charlie tonight?
Absolutely. When you give a goalie some help, and he's making some saves he's going to have some confidence. He was as prepared as anybody, and he wanted this win as bad as the rest of us. I was impressed. He's a great guy and a great teammate to have around.
How much emphasis was put on going to the net tonight?
There definitely was. That's what we need to do. We watched it last night be used against us. When we do that, we're successful, and we found a way. Guys are crashing and banging and going to the front of the net, good things happen.
How good does it feel to get the monkey off your back at home?
It's definitely nice to win here in front of a big crowd on a Saturday night, but we have to remember, it's just one game. We've got 12 more at home, and we have to find a way to be consistent. That's what we're going to be preaching the rest of the way.