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“I’m just glad we are not playing next weekend.” Army Head Coach Brian Riley was very up front with earning the three seed in the Atlantic Hockey postseason. Army needed a point to lock down a bye and home ice in two weekends, and they got it. Now they have two weeks to prepare for another chapter in the Army-Air Force rivalry. The winner of that series goes to Utica for the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals. Tate Rink will be packed for another great series between the service academies.
As Riley said, tonight was a good reminder against Sacred Heart that “Anybody in this league can beat anyone.We could have had a couple more goals, I thought we had a great start, we were playing not to lose.” He gave Sacred Heart all due credit for responding, they came back from a 6-2 deficit to tie things up and then earned the extra point in the shootout.
On the year he said, “I’m really proud of our guys for going through this 26 game gauntlet and earning a home ice spot.”
“The best thing about tonight was we know for our seniors that this is not their last game in Tate Rink.”
Riley was proud of the way that Gavin Abric battled throughout the game in net even when it wasn’t his best night. Also he added of Rickey Lyle that , “Ricky Lyle Was flying in the first period, he could have had a hat trick, he was a dominant player.”Lyle has grown into a top six winger with the effervescence of his game, combined with the scoring touch he has begun to develop as a sophomore. In the next two years, expect his role to grow as he could wear a letter next season.
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