AIC transitions well back to AHA play with 8-2 win over Army: Read more

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Today, the Yellow Jackets jumped back into Atlantic Hockey play. They did so against their biggest rival in the conference, a young army team. AIC did what they needed to do and won the game and kept moving. For Army West Point, their young group got it back to a one goal deficit but could get no closer. For each team Evan Szary and Troy Kobryn made their debuts in net for Army and AIC.

Tonight AIC showed why they are the dynasty team of Atlantic hockey offense. As Lang said “( we had ) High end execution from us tonight. We worked on transition all week and it showed.”

As for the best plauae for the Yellow Jackets, multiple ones had the case to be made. One that stands out is Blake Bennett. He got two points off the first two goals and played up to the standard he’s set. As Head Coach Eric Lang said “Blake continues to demonstrate why he’s the top player in this league. I’m really happy about his defensive efforts.”

Lang also credited the officials and his team for their responses after two major penalties. One got Luis Lidner thrown out of the game an one that sat for Dustin Manz. Lang said “Game had some emotion those plays are going to happen. Manz on his had one hand on his stick and certainly didn’t have any intent. I applaud the officials for keeping him in the game.”

He also has good things to say about Troy Kobryn who made his AIC debut in net in the last 7:47 of the game and who bailed out his team. Lang said “Kobra was awesome I asked him if he wanted to go in because I certainly didn’t want to embarrass him. We were incredibly sloppy late in the game and he was fantastic.” Lang also praised Evan Stella who notched his first goal tonight.

Finally as he often does he deflects praise. Lang said for his assistants “The entire staff made big contributions. We had a great week of practice. The best we’ve had all year.”

Moving forward, AIC comes into their RIT home series in a good spot next week. Lang explained “ We keep trending in the right direction. The buy in with our group is really high.”

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