Express Handle Metros in Preseason Openerby Chris Baker | October 13, 2017, 11:05 AM ET
TORONTO — Pre-season game or not, Chris Baker was less than impressed after the Fredericton Express beat his Toronto Metros 4-1 Thursday night.
"Any way you look at it we got slapped," said the Metros general manager.
Andrei Vasilevskiy looked solid, allowing one goal on 46 shots.
Byron Froese scored the lone goal for the Metros who played hard in defeat.
Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Metros netminder Corey Crawford looked sharp stopping 36 of 40 shots he faced in the loss.
Despite the outcome, Froese saw flashes of what could be for his club in its inaugural season.
“It’s tough. Even though the games don’t technically count, you still want to give the fans something to get excited about. Clearly we would have liked to have scored more, but we hung in there with an established team that dressed a lot of its regulars. We can feel good about that.”
"I think the biggest thing for everyone in this dressing room and team is to try and get off to a good start and try to get the bad habits out of the way that might have been created over the summer not playing an organized game," said Froese. "Not to make any excuses, but we still are an expansion team. These games are used to get the systems down … try to build off each day and each game. Don't take too much from it; it's more getting into routines and getting into good habits."
Toronto will now have an off day before taking on the Montreal Millionaires Saturday night at home once again in the friendly confines of Toronto’s Smart Centre.