Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FLORIDA VISIT NO VACATION Daubenspeck Bears Down despite Blow

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FLORIDA VISIT NO VACATION Daubenspeck Bears Down despite Blow

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Jacksonville Lizard Kings goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck loves

the weather on the First Coast. In fact, he thinks about it

often. It helps keep his mind off the weather in Indianapolis,

which is where he'd rather be.

Daubenspeck has nothing against Jacksonville. He just believes

he should be playing for the International Hockey League's

Indianapolis Ice -- where he began the season -- instead of

playing for the East Coast Hockey League's Lizard Kings, where

he has spent the past month-and-a-half since being sent down

from Indianapolis in early January.

"I still don't feel like necessarily in my eyes I actually

deserved to be sent down, but it's kind of a numbers game [in

Indianapolis] and I need to work on my consistency," Daubenspeck

said. "Maybe I'm kidding myself by saying the only reason I'm

down here is numbers, but at the same time, that's the way I

look at it. All that really matters is how I see things. When I

look at things that way, I think it helps me deal with the

situation better. It may be realistic, it may not be, but at

least it helps me be more positive of the situation."

That may come across as cocky, but defenseman Dan Brierley

insists that Daubenspeck is not arrogant, but confident.

"He's a good player and he can definitely back whatever he says

up," Brierley said. "In practice he's joking around, but in

games he's really helpful because he knows what's going on.

He's always talking to guys, always trying to get guys


And although Daubenspeck's situation may have been a personal

setback, it has been a boon to the Lizard Kings. Since his

arrival on Jan. 7, the team is 13-7-3 -- more than half its

victories this season.

"A huge difference," Brierley said. "Any time you have a good

goalie that can stop the majority of shots, stop the shots he

should plus make that big save, it's actually easier to play

good defense -- and that translates into good offense. …

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