Photo Credit:Mady Salvani- Army West Point Athletics
Brody Medieros now has a point to his name in College hockey, scroll down more to rad more in his college hockey debut. Read more from him on a pinch down the wall he made where got his first College Hockey point. “So I thought I could pinch down and cause a turnover.” His billets from his time with the NJ Titans came to Tate Rink to watch him play.
Head Coach Brian Riley was honest about the changes he made for Army West Point in their 4-1 win over the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University. He said “after last weekend I thought we had to make some changes and insert some guys that haven’t played as much and give them an opportunity and they all responded, and that’s what you hope. ”
One starter that did not come out was goaltender Gavin Abric. After Abric turned in an effort that got him pulled against Bentley, Riley and his staff kept the faith and put Abric back in. He was not challenged on volume but made 24 saves, keeping the Black Knights in the game for the grade a looks Sacred Heart had. As Riley said “most goalies want the opportunity to get right back in there and he was really good.” He praised Abrics puck moving ability. Riley compared that skill to having a third defensemen on the ice. On Medieros Riley said, “All Brodys done for a year and a half is come and work hard and try to improve his game. It’s certainly a night he’s going to remember.” He noted that Medieros earned his shot and took advantage of it. “ He’s earned this shot.”
Army got a depth goal from Joey Baez who played as the extra forward. Riley said “ Joey was our extra forward tonight.” “ you could see that he was kind of feeling it, and that was a big goal.”
“ Tonight is a huge night for our seniors.” Said Riley of getting the win on Branch Night.
The Fourth line played well and earned extra shifts. “ I think that was one of our best third periods that we played all year, we just played simple smart hockey.” He also praised Chris Konins game, who added a goal and an assist on a night where his brother is the emergency backup goalie for the St. Louis Blues in the NH: Riley said, “ what a night for the Konin family. What a night for his Mom and Dad.”
Overall, going forward Riley said “ It was just important for us to come out and have a good game.” “Our last time out was not who we are as a team. I don’t think we gave ourself a chance with how we played.” He noted that his team got back to playing Army Hockey “ how it needs to be played.” This group gets a very good RIT group to test them one week from Friday.
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