UAH Hockey: Look to the power play for clues

Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography

There were some good moments for the Chargers last night against Michigan Tech. David Fessenden kept the deficit to two despite Huntsville not getting a shot on net in the third period, and only attempting two shots during that time.

As assistant coach Carmine Guerriero said of Fessenden’s effort stopping 36 of 39 pucks

” Fez has just been putting in the work. Honestly, he’s an easy goaltender to coach because he wants to get better. He knows what he’s capable of but, at the same time, he also wants to perfect his craft so it’s been really nice to work with him. You’re going to get these types of performances from him night in and night out because of how hard he works.”

Beyond Fessenden’s effort, and the continued solid play of Bauer Neudecker, there are a lot of things the team needs do tonight, that all centers around things the staff has told us before. While no one is making any excuses for the effort last night.

As Carmine says of Tech’s pressure last night in the second and third period:

” I don’t think they made many adjustments at all. They pressured us a little more maybe but we just flat out didn’t play. Didn’t execute, didn’t skate, we weren’t physical. The one month of not playing showed tonight but that shouldn’t of mattered. I think it’s pretty obvious that we weren’t able to do our usual thing on the power play after we scored because they just pressured us and our guys weren’t ready. Their penalty kill out worked us plain and simple. We’re going to have to out work them.”

The Chargers did this for parts of the game, mainly in the first period, and had some success. To get back to that tonight, will be their first order. One easy way to see how this is going is looking at the power play. The Huskies won the shot attempts on the power play 17-3 on the evening. This is despite UAH having one more power play than the Huskies.

If the power play can get things trending in the right direction, perhaps things could end a bit differently for the Chargers tonight.

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