A Carnival of Special Teams: How AIC lost to Canisius 6-5 and what comes next

Photo Credit Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography

For AIC, and Head Coach Eric Lang’s group, if you told them that they’d go up to a 4-1 lead against Canisius with a chance to put the game firmly in their grasp, we think most of then would have taken it. The Golden Griffins are playing without Randy Hernandez in the lineup, and AIC out worked them for large portions of the game.

It wasn’t enough as Canisius was systematic with its special teams, putting home four power play goals , leading to a very unhappy Head Coach Eric Lang.

On the night he said that “ the only thing disappointing is that we are not playing to our potential.” Every chance AIC had to add insurance, they were unable to when the game was 4-1. They then proceeded to take multiple penalties , totaling 44 penalty minutes on the night, conceding four power play goals on the night. That alone was enough to doom the Yellow Jackets

Here’s what to watch for today

The first line

The best group from the opener was the line with Chris Dodero, Jake Stella,and Justin Young. Dodero had two assists and Stella had two goals. Behind that, there were not a lot of good things to write home about, especially the five minute major and game misconduct that Parker Revering took.

No passengers

This is a cliched phrase in this sport to some degree, but it was clear as yesterday’s game went on that more and more of the team was waiting on just a few who were carrying the group to do better. That cannot repeat itself this afternoon.

“ At some point we are what our record says we are.” Head Coach Eric Lang was very honest about this team. He has seen what they can do at times this year, but they need to string together success over longer periods of time. All they can do is try and restart the string today.

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