Photo Credit: Mady Salvani-Army West Point Athletics
There were some positives tonight for Army West Point and it’s Head Coach had good things to say about them. With that said, Brian Riley let this outlet and his team know that he expects a different effort from them in the series finale. He expects more from all of his team throughout the game as they played the third period well, and tomorrow is a new day.
As he said .”it was a sleepy first period, a bad second period, and we played with a sense of urgency because we were down.”Riley’s group ran the third period but couldn’t convert. He said “we put ourselves in a bad spot, we really had one good period of hokcey. We weren’t good enough to win tonight.”
As for positives Riley talked about his roomies. Tonight The plebes lead the way. Josh Bohlin “ he is one of the guys that works his tail off.” Joey Baez “ has a lit bit of Bilek , when he shoots pucks he’s a threat to score. It’s great to have freshmen scoring but we need some of the older guys to score.”
Riley though the line of Eric Butte, Colin Bilek and Mitch Machlitt had a good game. Butte won most of the faceoffs. “They played a lot and were our best line, I thought they were pretty consistent with their effort.”
“It would have been amazing if we won considering how we played.” Riley was consistent and finished with saying “We owe it to each other to just play better.. we never gained any traction tonight. We’re going to have to make better plays and get consistency through our lineup and manage the game together. Hopefully this is a little bit of a wake up call. Any time you lose on Friday your back is to the wall. I would like to think we’ll respond with good effort.” The Black Knights had some good things happen, but they need to be a more consistent team.