Coach Anthony Barthell was particularly pleased with the Olympic Winter Institute (OWIA) athlete’s efforts in the 1500m, which saw Hay finish 27th overall.
“He’s putting himself in great positions to control the race and it’s going to only be a matter of time before he breaks out of the qualifying rounds.”
At the conclusion of the opening World Cup event Hay was also positive.
“After two and a half years out, and only five months back on the ice, I’m happy with how it all went,” Hay said.
Alex Bryant also drew praise from Barthell with his efforts in the 1500m. “Alex skated a really strong race; he also led for quite a bit and threw some defensive tracks protecting his position.” Bryant finished just behind Hay in 28th place.
Fellow OWIA athlete Andy Jung had a strong day 3, progressing to the repechage semi-finals of the 500m, finishing in 21st position overall. Teammate Pierre Boda finished in 34th place.
The team now head to Toronto for next weekend’s second round.