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The Engineers got a goal and two assists from Jake Luthi, three assists from Jonathan Ornelas, and two assists from captain Kirk MacDonald, who made a triumphant return to the ice after sitting out last season while he battled cancer.
Appert is optimistic about the prospects for his new team. “I think we can have success here,” he told the Albany Times Union. “It’s going to take time for the players to get acclimated to how we want to play. Obviously it takes time over a four-year period to bring in the recruits that play the style we want. But I think with the young men we have in our program right now, we can have success, no question.”
“He’s a guy who, when he comes in, you just feel the energy coming off him,” goaltender Mathias Lange told the Times Union. “He’s standing in the middle of the locker room with all that energy, and you just want to go out on the ice and bring some of it out there.”
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