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February 6, 2008

MIKE MASTOVICH | Zaore sees role reversed

Vincent Zaore is accustomed to taking a hit while digging pucks out of the corners.

The Johnstown Chiefs defenseman has thoroughly enjoyed a role reversal as a “new” Chiefs forward.

“Playing ‘D’ most of the time when the puck is stuck in your corner you’re the one who has to go get it and you get hit,” Zaore said on Wednesday. “Now that I have a chance to play forward I take a lot of pride in making the forecheck. I know how hard it can be for the ‘D’ to take the forecheck. I know what the other ‘D’ will feel.

“I know it’s kind of tough. Right now I’m giving the hits rather than receiving it. That’s what I love.”

Coach Ian Herbers moved Zaore to a forward position during a Jan. 11 game at Elmira. Since then he’s occasionally skated on lines with high-scorers Randy Rowe and Ryan Garlock as well as Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bachand.

“I’ve got one point (as a forward). I set up Ryan Garlock’s goal with Randy Rowe during a game in Reading,” said Zaore, a converted right wing.

“Playing forward, my role is to finish every hit and play physical. I have to make sure I’m not scored upon,” added the 21-year-old native of Ste-Foy, Quebec. “I know I have to play physical and finish on the forecheck. I need to play good in my own zone. Scoring a goal would be a bonus for a guy like me. If it happens, it happens.”

At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Zaore is capable of playing a physical style. In 37 games he has a goal, four points and 36 penalty minutes.

“He’s picking up on a lot of things,” Herbers said. “He’s a strong kid who can skate. He can be effective when he takes the body and finishes checks. In practice he’s starting to figure out how to put pucks in the net with rebounds and deflections.”

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