Mercyhurst 6 AIC 3: What comes next for AIC

Photo Credit: Boston College Athletics

For AIC, the group lead by a pupil of Army West Point’s Brian Riley , learned one of the most axiomatic things in this sport from a phrase that Riley repeats . As Riley says a version of “every night a lesson is taught, either to you or you are the one doing the teaching.”

Today, Eric Lang’s group was reminded of how thin the line is between success and failure. Today serves as a reminder of what doing well can look like as the team started strong with an early two goal lead, and also a reminder of how fast things can change. The Lakers’ high powered offense woke up and they used stout goaltending from Kyle McLellan to get three badly needed points as the Lakers work to improve their lot for the Atlantic Hockey playoffs starting in two weeks.

With that said, Blake Bennett and Jarrett Fiske stood out for Lang’s group. Fiske played limited minutes in his hometown in the third but had to make some grade a stops to keep the deficit at three. Bennett had two NHL quality goals and pushed AIC forward.

On the night Lang had the following to say

“Out intent was good. We were fairly motivated. We didn’t quite have laser focus today.”

On Blake’s night Lang said “ Bennett is an all league type player. He’s bought into his play away from the puck. He has an NHL type shot. He will always score.”

On Fiske playing ( nickname is Cheese) Lang said “It great to get Cheese in. It was really important for our team that he got in there.”

Lang did back his players who had a lot of zone time but had more than a few plays intercepted by the Lakers today “We share the puck that’s what makes us successful and unpredictable offensively. We trust these guys to make the right plays and use their instincts”

On the weekend the takeaway for Lang’s group is as Lang said “Anytime we want to be dominant we are certainly capable.”

On the regular season finale Lang said “Niagara will be a great test for us. I’m certain the games will be very important for them. For us it’s our audition for how we want to play in the playoffs.”

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