We can play with them: What a 4-1 loss says about Alabama Huntsvile

Photo Credit: LSSU Athletics

Tonight, Alabama Huntsville lost a 4-1 game to the Mavericks of Minnesota State. In this one, the Chargers scored the first goal of the evening on a Quinn Green partial breakaway. His speed on the first line provided a nice compliment to Tyrone Bronte, and Bauer Neudecker. In the second period, a penalty on Adrian Danchenko lead to a power play goal, and four unanswered goals to close the game out for Minnesota State in the third.

Here are some of Associate Head Coach, Karlis Zirnis’ thoughts on the night, along with some additional thoughts from Assistant Head Coach Carmine Guerriero.

First, on the evening, the Chargers only put up 10 shots on net to 42 from their opponent. Read what Karlis thinks can be done to rectify things.

“We have to shot the puck on rush and be ready to shot the puck when arrives on our stick. MSU does good job being in the shooting lanes. We have to shot for sticks more and create a shooting lane for ourselves”. For UAH to succeed, they need to eliminate any uncertainty around this area of the game. Getting the deficit a bit more closer to even would dramatically alter the course of the finale.

Here are Karlis’ thoughts on a turning point in the second period, the Jonah Alexander hooking penalty in the second, that lead to a power play goal and set the tone for the rest of the game.

“We can’t afford taking penalties 200 feet from our net.  We have to be discipline and that is a lesson for us. It’s a hard lesson to learn but a great lesson for our players” This team, to get to the next level of its building a new foundation has to manage the lulls and negative plays a bit better. Minnesota State did well in the second with the opportunities they had tonight, and the Chargers learned quick what the level they want to be at looks like.

Zirnis did think some positives existed for his Chargers, saying the following, including more for tomorrow night.

” Our structure was a lot better in our game from last week. Our team works hard but thought we worked smarter today… The MSU is great team – we can play with them. We can’t afford undisciplined penalties and have to be discipline in our structure. You give MSU any daylight and they take advantage of those mistakes”

In addition to this, he noted the better even and full strength defending for his team, combined with their neutral zone work to make life a bit tougher on the opposition. For positives, Guerriero added in that “they’re a resilient young group. We didn’t get one power play tonight and we didn’t get many breaks to say the least. They stuck with it and were up on the bench till the buzzer.” In addition, he said, “I liked how we played. There was no quit. But, we have to be more disciplined within our structure. We have to do a better job of communicating and making the simple plays.”

On the evening, one final note, UAH netminder David Fessenden is being evaluated further after leaving the game in the third period, and his status is unknown at this time, and Derek Krall finished the night out in net.

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