Jan. 8, 2005
WEST POINT -Army goalie Brad Roberts shut out visiting UConn Saturday night in his first start since injuring his knee at Bentley on Oct. 22 to lead the Black Knights to a 1-0 victory over the Huskies before 2,257 fans at Tate Rink.
Roberts made 29 saves to earn his fourth career shutout and second for the Black Knights (6-10-2; 2-8-2 Atlantic Hockey) this season. The junior netminder turned aside 11 UConn shots in both the second and third periods to preserve the home team's slim one-goal margin.
Freshman Robb Ross potted the game's only goal on the power play midway through the opening stanza when he deflected a shot by Nick Cahill from the point past Huskies' goalie Scott Tomes right on the doorstep. Brad Howard was also credited with an assist on the play.
The tilt mirrored that of Friday night's 1-0 win by Connecticut (4-14-2; 3-6-1) only this time the homestanding Black Knights scored the shutout with a power play goal in the first period. Army finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage, while UConn failed on all five of its attempts.
Connecticut outshot the Black Knights, 29-26, in the losing effort, similarly to Army outshooting the Huskies the night before but coming up short.
Ryan Cruthers owned the game's only other outstanding scoring opportunity when he broke in on Tomes all alone five minutes into the second period. Cruthers gathered in a pass from Chris Migliaro in the neutral zone and skated in cleanly on the Huskies' net. His short-handed bid to double the Black Knights' lead was kicked wide by Tomes.
Army goaltenders stopped 55 of 56 shots they faced in the two-game series over the weekend, sporting a .982 save percentage.
With the win, Roberts upped his record on the season to 3-1-0. He missed 13 games after colliding with a Bentley player late in the third period of Army's game with the Falcons in October.
The Black Knights are off until next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a two-game series with service-academy rival Air Force. Friday night's contest will be televised live by College Sports Television as part of its "TGI Hockey" game of the week. Both games will be carried live on the radio on WGNY 1200 and 1220 AM.