Photo Credit: Kelly Shea-AIC Athletics
For AIC, they played their most complete game of the season, and earned a 2-2 tie against the Bobcats who are a top ten team in the country. Chris Van Os-Shaw provided the final tally for AIC on the evening, one of quick punches. He put home his first goal in an AIC uniform. He praised Justin Young for getting the puck to him quickly on a broken play. On Saturday, Alec Calvaruso stole the show with his first AIC start in net. The Yellow Jackets lost 2-1 in overtime, still getting some pairwise benefit as an overtime loss is 45 percent of a regular season win compared to a regulation loss which is a zero benefit.
On the effort from his team he said, ” I thought it was one of the most complete games we’ve played this year.” This again held true in the finale despite the 2-1 overtime loss. AIC battled and while the Bobcats got more looks, Lang’s group did enough to take them to overtime again.
Eric Lang said of the tie ” I think we are trending in the right direction… i just like the direction in which we re headed… i didn’t think we look out of place against one of the best teams in the country… there’s not a lot of weak links there… we gave them hell for 65 minutes.” Of improvements for Saturday, Lang said ” I think we can deliver more pucks to the net.” He wants to see chaos in front of the net. “Low scoring tight games is a good recipe for AIC Hockey.”
On preventing quick strike goals. Lang said ” I thought they just cranked it up on us and they just found a way.” On Saturday , this applies in part to the overtime goal. AIC did everything right and still gave up a goal in the extra frame.
“I think I’ve said get me to Halloween 71 times” this month, Lang said . Well, the team is there, with a lot of experience, more chances to win non conference games coming, and the heart of their Atlantic Hockey schedule starting against RIT next weekend.
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