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How do you know your leadership group handles things well? Give them an intermission to adress the team trailing 2-1 and see how your group responds. This is what happened to AIC. Eric Lang’s group found itself down 2-1 after the first to Holy Cross. They did not panic. Instead as Lang said the “ message was clear and direct. We were getting occupied with things that were not about winning the hockey game. Our leadership took over from there. Very proud of them. (We had) complete internal accountability and guys holding each other accountable.”
Lang went on to praise transfer leader Brian Rigali for his play as he is having a career year on offense. Lang Said “ thegame was a street fight and that’s the environment that suits Riggs the best. He’s an absolute warrior that plays a foot taller than everybody else on the ice.”
Lang also singled out the work of his special teams units for adjusting today. He said “Our players made the best adjustments with great execution. We had some stuff we saw in video that needed tweaking. Chris Theodore on the PP right now is playing a video game. “
Moving forward Lang is positive about his team’s outlook. He said “we have historically been a second half team. Our non league schedule certainly prepared us for when the ice gets hard.”
Lang’s group has to get ready to play a UConn team 19th in the pairwise on Tuesday night . Lang said “We need to recover and hit the reset button. Our group will be ready.”
In net, Alec Calvaruso has earned the trust of the group and had a good game today. Lang said “AC has earned our trust he’s a gamer and a grade A competitor. Most importantly he’s the most unbelievable teammate to be around.” Holy Cross got their first goals in six games against AIC and Lang was happy with how his team played in the series. Now the group gets ready for the Huskies on Tuesday.
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