Mercyhurst 4, Army West Point 0:What’s next

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As is to be expected, two teams had vastly different perspectives on the night. Other than the faceoff dot, Army West Point did not win much else as they were shutout 4-0 by a quick scoring Mercyhurst team who put up three goals in the first and never looked back.

Army West Point

Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie took everyone through what went wrong and what needs to change. First he discussed the niche of Gavin Abric, why he was pulled after the third goal, and how Justin Evenson did in relief. He said “ We weren’t ready to play in front of him and he wasn’t as sharp as he usually is. He’s been great all year and will continue to be but when you go down 3 that quick in a game, you need to make a change and try and spark the team.( on Evenson) He was fine, it’s hard to come in as relief and he managed the rest of the game well.”

McKelvie discussed the group’s play and work including everyone in the line of thought

“We didn’t play or prepare to our standard in any area from coaches on down.We need to be ready at puck drop first and foremost tomorrow night. We were off tonight so we will make adjustments tomorrow but most importantly is being dialed right from the start. I don’t think anyone in our program from coaches to players feels we couldn’t have been better in our roles.”

On the parity of Atlantic Hockey he added “This is a really good league with a lot of talent. It’s hard to win.”

For what can be a takeaway heading into tomorow he finished with saying “own it, we all have more to give.”

Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst obviously had a different perspective on the game. Head Coach Rick Gotkin said “ It was clearly one of the best games we’ve play all year, we just played really well from start to finish, to win at Army that’s what you need.”

Kyle McLellan earned the shutout tonight and did so with a career high 47 saves. Gotkin added on McLellan “we’ve quietly put together three really good games and Kyle is the fore front of that.”

Mercyhurst had a diverse group of scorers tonight, and Gotkin said “when you can spread the scoring around that makes it even better.” 

Gotkin was blunt about what his team did tonight, saying “we just tried to play a simple game.”

On the pace of his team and their work to move up the Atlantic Hockey standings , Gotkin said “We thought we played really well last weekend. We’ve put together three really gold games and we have to find a way to keep going.”

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