By Luke Burgess
Photo Credit: Arnav Pokhrel
Syracuse, NY – After a heartbreaking weekend that included 2 close losses to Robert Morris University - one the games on Upstate Medical University Arena ice - the Orange were looking to rebound. Syracuse did just that - winning in convincing fashion against Canisius in a late-night tilt on Saturday.
Captain Mackenzie Murphy had nothing but deserved praise for the improvement from last weekend to now. “Last weekend finishing was an issue for us. That was something we worked on this week, and it showed in our six goal effort last night”. Murphy has been more than just a vocal leader this year, logging big time minutes every game, and factoring in on scoring most nights, including this weekend’s win.
Depth was a massive part of the win last night as well. Freshman Josh Penn scored the first goal of his SU career, and players like Murphy certainly took notice. “A lot of guys got opportunities to make plays, and they stepped up to the challenge”, the captain said.
There is no hiding from the quickly approaching ESCHL playoffs. The Orange currently sit just in the 6th and final playoff spot, and next weekend's games against Niagara are undoubtedly the biggest of the season.
The team knows that they have to stick to their systems if they want to take home the win. The notion in the locker room is that, if they can do just that, they will be heading to Scranton to battle it out for an ESCHL conference championship.
The Orange have a belief in the room, and in the coaches. 6 of their 15 losses have been by two goals or less this year, and a few bad breaks have changed the course of the season so far.
Following the visit to Niagara, Syracuse will play their final home series of the season against the University of Delaware, a series that will include Senior Night on February 11th at 8PM.