Army 8-Dartmouth 3 : history from Adversity-Read more

Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee- Violet Turtle Photography

For the Army Black Knights, they achieved history in their 8-3 win over Dartmouth. They put up the most goals in one period , a feet which hasn’t been done by anyone in Atlantic Hockey History until today. This all comes less than 48 hours after having eight goals scored on them by AIC. Head Coach Brian Riley had some things to say. “think when you get beat like we did on Friday you want to come back and play as soon as possible. In hockey and life you’re going to get knocked down but its about how you get up and respond. I’m just really proud of our guys for how we responded.”

Riley praised the fourth line including Kendrick Frost. Riley likes the play of Kendrick Frost in his first game back and thought they helped move things in the positive. “ I thought they had a real good game.”

He took the time to praise starter Gavin Abric for a bounce back game as Abric made many big saves throughout this one. Riley said “Gavin Abric was really good in the first two periods when we needed him to be.” On Dartmouth and how the game went, Riley added that “we could play them tomorrow and it could be 8-3 the other way.” In a battle of teams looking to see which group of young players could produce more, Army won today.

Riley surmised his team’s luck “I guess the hockey gods were with us tonight.”

He then praised some of his team with a look ahead for this group to. On Mikey Sacco who had two goals an an assist today, Riley said that “ he isn’t one of the biggest guys but he plays big, he had three points, you want your guys to be difference makers and Mikey could walk out knowing he was one.”

Moving forward Riley said “we still have a lot of work to do and we know that. Finally getting a win takes some pressure off our guys, every year you have to learn how to win. There’s no easy games in college hockey.”

On Jon Keranen “he just plays the game the right way, he’s a great role model, he could play for anybody in the country. He’s been really good ok faceoffs.” On faceoffs Riley said “ he’s a smart hockey player, and has an idea going in of what’s been successful against that player. He learns from it. He takes mental notes of what makes him successful or not.”

On Tom Farrell and the senior defense corps of the Black Knights Riley said “ we pulled our senior defense aside and said we needed them to be better today then they were Friday. They’re kind of the strength of our team. They responded today.”

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