Photo Credit:Mady Salvani-Army West Point Athletics
Army West Point Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie had some key points on the group’s 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart. The group ideally needs a win on Senior Night in the finale to ensure second round home ice.
First he mentioned his thoughts on Eric Huss’s first career goal. “It’s great for Husser, he’s a great teammate, works really hard so it’s always great to get that first one! Hopefully he can get another one tomorrow and keep it going.”
Next he talked about Sacred Heart and what they did well on the night, saying “They are a quick team and transition really quick, so you need to stay above the puck, and force them to turn back so they can’t carry their speed.i don’t feel like they taught us a lesson but they are a really well coached team and have a lot of skill. We have seen them so much over the past two years that we know if we don’t play well they are hard to beat.”
He did add that Gavin Abric’s play stood out as he was peppered with pucks all night and only gave up four goals, saying “ Gav played well again, steady & made some big saves.”
On the finale he said of the motivation and what this group takes away from the opener “ play for the Seniors, they are a special group that have given so much to this program. I could go on and on about this senior class…we need to be on a mission tomorrow for them. At West Point being a senior is tremendously special, so it would be really nice to get the job done for these guys tomorrow.We will regroup with the guys tomorrow and make necessary adjustments.I don’t see it as a wake up call. We know we have a good team, our guys have to believe in themselves and have a solid game tomorrow to build our hat confidence going into playoffs. This is a great group and we have started to play our best hockey recently, so tonight is just a bump in the road…one of our last tune ups, so it just has to make us stronger.”
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