Brian Kilrea hopes he got the message across.
The 67's coach expects far more production from the forwards in Game 3 tonight of the Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Barrie Colts.
He won't tolerate a repeat of Game 2 on Saturday in Barrie where the 67's generated little offence during a 4-1 loss. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.
"We're not the kind of team that can afford to have anyone not play their best," said Kilrea before yesterday's practice at the Civic Centre.
"I would hope that some of them realize that we're down to a best three out of five. If they don't realize the situation, then there's something wrong."
Kilrea vacated the arena in a huff on Saturday following the loss, upset with some of his players.
He benched linemates Lukas Kaspar and Jakub Petruzalek for most of the third after the Czech duo coasted back on a Colts break that resulted in Barrie scoring for a two-goal lead.
Veteran 20-year-old Jeremy Akeson also spent most of the final period on the bench. The 67's had a great chance to get even on a 5-on-3 power play late in the second.
Colts defenceman Lukas Bolf took a double minor for a hit from behind on Brad Bonello, then goalie Dan LaCosta took a delay of game penalty a few seconds later. But Ottawa had few chances during the advantage.
"We should have just got the puck to the point and drove to the net, but that wasn't happening," said winger Mark Mancari. "We weren't creating any traffic in front."
The 67's took the opening game 5-4 on Thursday, but were outshot 45-22. "I'd like to have been up 2-0," said Kilrea.
"There's no coach in the world who wouldn't be up 2-0, but I think we're fortunate to be (at) 1-1 because I don't think we played that well in either game, but luckily we won one."
Kaspar and Petruzalek will play on a line with Akeson tonight. Bryan Bickell, who played on the left side with the Czechs in the first two games, moves to the left side with Bonello at centre and Mancari on the right side.
"I think Bickell will play on that line," said Kilrea.
"Looking back, he played better when he was with Bonello and Mancari."
Danny Battochio, who played well in the first two games, will start in net tonight for Ottawa.
Kilrea hopes his goalie won't need to work as much as he did during the games in Barrie.
"We're making it difficult on our goaltending and defence by playing so much in our end," he said.
"We have to go in their end and we have to keep the puck in there and we have to forecheck better.