The Crimson Bears' hockey season came to an end Friday night in Fairbanks as they lost to the West Valley Wolfpack 8-0 on the University of Alaska-Fairbanks campus.
The Wolfpack took advantage of the Bears' travel legs, taking a 4-0 advantage into the locker room after the first period.
McKenna said the first period doomed the team from the start.
"We had a slow start which really hurt us. The firepower they have did that to us, and couple that with a slow start and it doesn't help," he said. "We played better and better each period, but we dug such a hole that there was no way out of it."
McKenna said the traveling never helps, but he felt his team was ready to play.
"It's tough when you travel all the way up here and get started, but I don't know, I was really feeling like we were prepared coming up here," he said. "I think they also picked it up a notch because they're a team that seems very focused and they were motivated to be successful in the playoffs.
Though the loss was lopsided, coach Dave McKenna said the season was a good one.
"The things that stand out are really good senior leadership, a team that didn't make excuses when we lost key personnel and a team that I think really elevated their level of play for the group as a whole," he said. "I think we faced a really good team, but I think we were playing better hockey than we ever have before. Hopefully we'll bounce back from it and keep moving in the right direction.