Jan. 4, 2013
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Playing on national television, Army goalie Rob Tadazak posted his second consecutive shutout and four players scored goals to beat nationally ranked Robert Morris, 5-0, Friday night at Tate Rink.
The Black Knights scored three times in the second period to pull away from the Colonials who are ranked 19th nationally and had been on a seven-game unbeaten streak in a game broadcast live by the CBS Sports Network. Ben Holden, Jim Paradise and Shireen Saski were on the call.
Army, coming off a 1-0 overtime victory over Canisius, improved to 7-8-2 overall and 7-3-2 in league. The Black Knights are now in second-place in the AHA standings, three points behind Niagara.
The Black Knights played disciplined hockey and beat a nationally ranked team for the first time since dispatching #2 Miami on Jan. 3, 2009.
Robert Morris fell to 9-5-2 overall and 4-4-1 in league games as Army tied its season-high with five goals.
Willie Faust scored twice, Jonathan Gehrt had a goal and assist and Josh Richards R.J. Burns posted two assists to help Army win its second consecutive game. Thane Heller also scored for the Black Knights while Zak Zaremba, Andy Starczewski, Mac Lalor and Brian Schultz registered assists.
Tadazak turned in his second straight shutout, making fives saves in the first, nine in the second and eight in the final period. The last time Army shut-out consecutive opponents was Feb. 15-16, 2008.
Army continued its strong defensive play in the first period, limiting Robert Morris to just five shots on goal.
The Black Knights scored on their 11th shot of the period thanks to Alvarez and Zaremba. Alvarez battled for a loose puck and continued to try to gain possession while on the ice. He got the puck to Zaremba. Zaremba gave it back to Alvarez who beat Levine for a 1-0 Army lead with one minute left in the period. It was the second goal of the season for Alvarez, who was playing just his third game as a forward after being moved from defense. Zaremba gained his fourth assist.
Levine, who was named the AHA Goalie of the Week and Month, allowed his first goal since Dec. 15. Last weekend, he made 99 saves in back-to-back shutouts against Penn State and #5 Miami.
Robert Morris entered the game unbeaten in its last seven games and had two power play attempts early in the second period but Army killed off both opportunities.
The Black Knights went on top 2-0 when Gehrt scored a pretty goal. Starczewski started the play and fed Richards. Richards skated in and fed Gehrt who scored his third goal despite being hit and flying into the net and hitting the post so hard the net came off its moorings. Starczewski was credited with his team-leading 12th assists and Richards his fifth.
Army extended their lead to 3-0 minutes later when Heller tipped in his sixth goal of the season. Richards had the puck behind the next and slid it around to Gehrt at the point. Gehrt fired in a long shot that Heller re-directed. Gehrt had broken his stick but got a new one, in-stride, from Director of Hockey Operations Tom Doran, and got the shot off.
The Black Knights then made it a 4-0 contest late in the second period. Lalor sent a pass up ice to Burns who got a shot off and then battled to keep the puck alive. He passed is to Faust who scored his second goal of the season.
Army killed off the final 40 minutes of a Robert Morris power play and then led 5-0. Burns again started the play, passed it to Schulz who just came out of the penalty box and Faust had his second goal of the season. It marked the first two-goal game of his career, the first assist of the season for Schultz and the fifth assist for Burns just one minute into the final period.
Army will conclude its season series with Robert Morris Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink. The annual House of Blues is scheduled for Saturday as Army helps raise prostate cancer awareness. The first 500 fans will receive commemorative t-shirts and bracelets. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY.
GAMES NOTES: Army wore its black sweaters so Robert Morris only had to bring one jersey since the Black Knights will don blue tomorrow ... Army's starting lineup consisted of Willie Faust, R.J. Burns, Joe Kozlak, Jonathan Gehrt and Mac Lalor with Rob Tadazak in goal ... Tadazak made his 19th career start ... Major Stan Johnson served as Officer Representative ... Army scored five goals in a 5-2 win against Sacred Heart on Oct. 19 ...
ARMY 5, ROBERT MORRIS 0
ARMY - Alvarez (Zaremba), 19:00
ARMY - Gehrt (Richards, Starczewski), 9:47
ARMY - Heller (Gehrt, Richards), 11-05
ARMY - Faust (Burns, Lalor), 17:43
ARMY - Faust (Schultz, Burns), 1:00
Shots: Robert Morris 22 (5-9-8); Army 36 (12-14-10)
Saves: Robert Morris 31 (Levine, 41:38, 11-11-1; Ferber, 18:22, 0-0-8); Army 22 (Tadazak, 59:54, 5-9-8; empty net, 00:06)
Power Plays: Robert Morris, 0-3; Army, 0-3
Penalties: Robert Morris, 3-6; Army, 3-6