Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography
AIC has had experience this year winning games by big margins. They have not won the next game this year after a margin of victory like what that hey had last night going into tonight. Behind Jarrett Fiske’s first career pointF an assist, and a game filed with points, it was a 5-1 finale win to earn the sweep. AIC had five different goal scorers tonight, and had everyone who played make a big contribution to earning six points against Bentley on the weekend. The team showed their depth tonight as Nico Somerville stepped in and played big minutes on the blue line.
Head Coach Eric Lang provided some more context to the weekend. On the mood of the team and success he said “Sweeps are incredibly hard in our league. Especially to get the back end on the road. Ryan Soderquist teams always compete extremely hard. The scores were not indicative of the weekend series. We were a little opportunistic. We had a great week of focused intense practice. Our guys care and we were able to execute our game plan for 120 minutes this weekend.Every weekend is its own entity. I do feel like we have taken a good step in terms of combativeness and managing the hockey game.”
On some standouts for the weekend, Lang said “ Nico ( Nico Somerville) and Rosey ( Jake Rosenbaum) gave us hard dogged like minutes all night. I love the way they played. Jordan Biro is a dogged competitor , and Blake Bennett played incredibly responsible and gave us hard minutes.Also , Evan Stella is evolving into an outstanding defenseman. When he’s on the ice I breathe easier.”
Lang knows this team has more work to do. While they took a step forward this weekend, AIC will not be satisfied until they win more championships. With that, here’s Lang’s thoughts on Niagara, their final opponent before the holiday break “ Niagara is a very good team coached by an outstanding coach. They will be prepared and won’t ever beat themselves. We will have to plan well for them.”
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