Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography
Head Coach Eric Lang was proud of how his team worked systemically to win against RIT with a resounding 6-0 win in their road series.
Lang was happy with his team, and the spot light belonged to AIC goaltender Alec Calvaruso who got his first shutout in College Hockey, and could potentially be the first to do so on his third team.
Calvaruso had a lot to say on the night . He talked about his team’s answer back from the Holy Cross loss, the team in front of him and more.
“Obviously last weekend wasn’t the best performance from me or the team but games like that you just have to forget about. We know we are a great team and I knew we were going to have a great bounce back from it.It feels great to get a shut out, it’s not something that I really think about but it’s definitely a good confidence booster. Couldn’t have done it without the team in front of me tonight and it’s great to see everything come together.”
He then talked about Aaron Grounds, who got back into the lineup for the first time in a whole and had a big night as an extra skater with a goal to punctuate the night.
“Groundsy is an unbelievable teammate and tonight was the definition of hard work paying off for him. He’s a guy that will never complain and comes to the rink with a positive attitude.”
Next Alec talked about his team’s ability to respond after last weekend.
“It wasn’t a surprise.It shows that we are all business. We took a night off last weekend and we know that is unacceptable this late in the season. We know how to win and tonight showed just how good we can be when we play a full 60 minutes.”
Then he discussed the first goal scorer of the night, Nico Somerville, and said
“Nico was great tonight and it was awesome to see, he is another great teammate and it’s awesome to see things pay off for him. He stepped up when he had to.”
We asked about who stood out in front of Alec tonight and he talked about the entire team in saying:
“It’s hard to single anyone out tonight we were all around very solid.Tonight we played for each other which is what we are all about. There’s no individual guys
on our team. Blocking shots and making plays for the team is what we thrive on and that’s what we did.”
For tomorrow night he said “Looking forward to another game tomorrow and I’m excited to see how we respond. We have a special group and I know we will prove it.”
In the win, Chris Theodore earned his 50th point with an assist as AIC moves their magic number to claim the Atlantic Hockey regular season title once again down to 11 points.