Bentley Falcons head coach Ryan Soderquist talked on Tuesday in preparation of this weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinal matchup with the Canisius Golden Griffins:
When you started out this season, what were the original goals for the team? In the context of where this team is, have they been able to achieve those goals and how did the goals change over the course of the year?
RYAN SODERQUIST: We started the year and decided to break things down and make things as simple as possible. We learned from our past mistakes that we didn’t want to set the bar in the wrong way, so we broke it down to winning each weekend series. We went into each week with the mindset to win individual battles and individual games. We went 8-3 against opponents in terms of individual series; we knew that if we did that, it would put us in position for a top four spot, but at the same time, we didn’t want to look at it in a sense of the top four. As the year went on, we realized we could try to go out and win a regular season championship. That didn’t happen, but that also wasn’t our original goal. While it would’ve been nice, it wasn’t what we set out to do from the start. So in terms of what we did this year, the regular season was a success.
Over the course of the year, this team continued to develop. Heading into the playoffs, what are some of the areas that this team needs to continue to develop?