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For Army Hockey, they have now taken 10 of 12 Atlantic Hockey points to pick themselves up in the standings. The Black Knights did so with a big win over Canisius today and did so with the help of many players up and down the lineup. One thing that stands out about this points streak for this team is the goalie platoon. Justin Evanson and Gavin Abric have both contributed equally to the effort while spelling each other. Today, Noah Wilson, the defender who can play forward, put home the game winner as the team battled with a one goal lead in the third before an empty net tally . Hear from Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie on the effort of the day and more.
On playing Canisius even in terms of game flow:
“They outshot us by one so we won’t put in much thought to the shot chart. Puck possession was fairly even and quality scoring chances were pretty even as well. I thought we missed a few that could have put the game away. They had a few grade A late in the game but that’s to be expected. Our guys handled it very well.”
On the battle of the team today:
“We had lead going into 3rd again and found a way to get three points. Last night we allowed them to get back into it so we weren’t happy about the tie. Tonight our guys played with more poise with the lead.”
On the growth of Joey Baez who added another goal to his ledger:
“Joey is a really good young man off the ice. He has a great attitudes and is a lot of fun to coach. He is a huge part of our team. Joey came here for personal reasons and we are proud of him for so many reasons.”
On the play of the goalies:
“They have performed very well and got their confidence back. All three guys work extremely hard through the week so it’s nice for them to get positive results.”
On this team learning how to battle and win close games:
It’s all a part of the process of becoming a team. Guys like Ant, Thomas, Wils and Kerns have been in those situations but in large part most our team has not…so we are learning how to win right now.
On the move to forward of Noah Wilson:
“Noah Wilson was a stud this weekend. He brought energy, leadership and made some huge plays. Can’t say enough about what he is doing for this team. He is a defenseman by trade but he made a move to forward recently to help our team and it has been huge for us. Most importantly he is an unbelievable teammate so it’s great to see him have such a big impact on our team.”
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