BRANDON, Man. — Jacob DeSerres was not a happy man Friday night.
Less than 48 hours later, you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
The Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender was told he wouldn’t be getting the start in the tournament opener against the Windsor Spitfires.
“I was pretty upset about not getting the start,” DeSerres said of the opener in which he was inserted into the game after the Spitfires pumped five first-period goals past Andrew Hayes.
“Like any goalie, I did (think I should start). But I respect Kelly’s (McCrimmon) decision. He’s a great GM and coach, and he has a reason for every decision he makes.
“I just tried to make the most of it (today).”
DeSerres did exactly that, kicking out all 31 pucks that came his way to get the Wheat Kings back into the tournament with a 4-0 shutout over the Moncton Wildcats.
Coming off a 9-3 embarrassment against Windsor, DeSerres said his squad was out for redemption.
“It wasn’t easy to take,” the Calgary product said. “We knew we were a much better team than that.
“It wasn’t nice to lose like that in front of our fans or in front of your family.”
Next up for DeSerres and Co.?
Another clash with their WHL rival, the Calgary Hitmen.
DeSerres said losing the Eastern Conference in five games to the Hitmen will be more than enough incentive for his club when it takes the ice Wednesday night.
“The fact that we lost to them in the playoffs — that’s still in our heads,” he said.
“It’s really eating away at us.
“We don’t want to lose to them again. We believe we could easily have won that series if just the littlest thing went a different way.
“But we get another crack at them. Not many teams get to say that.”