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Tonight, the Northeast Generals played a game that looked similar to some of their recent ones. They had a third period lead and conceded an equalizing goal to their opponent, the New Jersey Titans.
What happened next was different. Future University of Massachusetts Minuteman Jake Dunlap made an inside move to get space and put home the game winner. The Generals then had to kill 120 seconds of power play time within the final 121 seconds of regulation to secure the win. Thanks to some shot blocks and the culmination of a superb evening in net from AIC commit, Hugo Haas, the Generals held and earned the win. They have only a few games remaining, and a team looking to send out their 2000 born players on a win streak, add to their resumes for college scholarship, and establish the roots to the culture next year’s group will begin to take hold in as well.
As Generals Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of the night:
“It’s emotional. We are trying to win out. A little sloppy play by both teams but I thought our guys did a really good job staying in each moment. We talked about it all year and it was nice to see it in action. Hopefully it is something we can build on the rest of this year into next year. Just focusing on what we can control. The next shift, the next play.”
That mentality was a big part of Dunlap’s goal. As Erikson said of it:
“He used his legs to get to the middle of the ice and made a really nice play and scored a great goal. Great to see him use his speed to generate offense.”
On Haas’s play:
” I am running out of compliments for the kid. He is so good. Just so calm and does a great job every night. What else can you say about a kid that is the best goalie night in and night out?”
While the Generals had Dunlap get the game winner, the third goal was put home by Jonathan Young, a player in search of a home next year. He wired home a power play tally on a one-time shot from the right faceoff circle. Erikson said of his goal ” Young is a big time player that does big time things. Just a perfect example of what a D1 school will get when they take him. We have a few schools close and hopefully a game like this will push it over the top.”
Young has had interest from multiple schools in Atlantic Hockey.
As for tomorrow’s series finale against the Titans, Erikson is up front about needed things to build on, saying ” Improve tomorrow on our transition and just simplifying the game. We made the game way too complicated.”
Another chance for this group to burnish their legacy, and help their veterans like Young find college homes comes tomorrow night at 7:30 PM eastern.
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