Photo Credit: Army West Point Athletics
Associate Head Coach for Army West Point Hockey Zach McKelvie had some things to think about with his young group. The team lost a 4-1 game that was a one goal game for the vast majority of it. The Tigers took 46 minutes of penalties and the Black Knights 38 minutes worth of penalties in a game that never had much flow to it.
McKelvie had the following to say on some key things from this game for the staff.
On how the game and weekend went
“Winning is very difficult at this level, every shift matters. It’s so competitive now that mentally you need to stay in it the whole game.We have a lot of good players on our club. We have a lot of tools it’s just about putting together together. We like our team and believe we have a very good group it was just a tough weekend against a very solid and well coached RIT squad.”
On the amount of penalties that his team took he said
“Discipline and mental mistakes was a huge issue tonight. We are a young group and will learn from it. That is not who we are and what we will accept.”
On Joey Dosan, the rookie who made his NCAA debut today, and what he brought as an extra forward Zach said
“Joey is a competitor, in the shifts he got he was working and competing. He is very good down low and his game will develop. He is a natural leader, his bench presence was very noticeable.”
On any potential improvement from their Friday loss to night two.
He said , “Not sure how much we improved except for a lot of teachable moments. Time will tell if we learn from this weekend. We have a really strong leadership group so I’m sure we will…Anthony, Thomas, Johnny and Noah are exceptional and they will dial the team in.”
On what needs to get better this week before the group faces RPI next weeks. He said that
“Discipline and compete on pucks( needs to get better. We need to focus on fundamentally sound hockey.”
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