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Alec Calvaruso finished with 27 saves on the evening and kept the team in it even when the Falcons were the better team for large portions of the game. For every key moment that the Falcons had, AIC responded. It started earlier in the game as they responded with an Elijah Barriga goal on the power play after Kohei Sato scored shorthanded on the same power play. Calvaruso said of his team’s play, “obviously it wasn’t our best in the first two periods but we came out in the third found a way to finish a hockey game and got a win.”
In the response to the shorthanded goal, Alec added, “That’s something that should never happen against us, but I like the way we responded.”
On playing in the postseason with this group, Calvaruso also said, “Guys on this team know what it takes to win and so do I, it’s not going to be easy.”
Chris Theodore who added a goal of his own added that“We always talk about the next shift after the goal and we answered pretty quickly there. We realized when we get the puck behind them we can make some good things happen.”
AIC Head Coach Eric Lang said of the evening that it “certainly wasn’t a Picasso for us.” “We’re not going to lower the standard.” He echoed the theme of his players in noting the need to be better in game two.
Lang also praised Justin Cole’s line for being opportunistic. Lang also said of evaluation of players in a different rink, Olympia Ice Center, in a game where transitions were common and the puck had a lot of different bounces to it that, “It was just kind of a hard game.”
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