Air Force Downs Army, 3-1

Army celebrates Willie Faust's PP goal Friday night.

Army celebrates Willie Faust's PP goal Friday night.

Jan. 10, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore right winger Willie Faust netted his second power play goal of the year in the middle frame, but Air Force scored single goals in each period to come away with a 3-1 road win over Army in a service-academy showdown front of 2,642 spectators at Tate Rink Friday night.

In a game televised live on CBS Sports Network, the Falcons held a 29-21 edge in shots on goal as Army (3-15-0, 3-11-0 AHA) starting goaltender Rob Tadazak made 26 saves on the night, including 11 in the final period.

"Tonight was an uncharacteristically sleepy game, especially early," said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley. "Once we got that first goal you could see a little spark, but we need to find a way to play for 60 minutes no matter who our opponent is.

"I thought (Rob) Tadazak gave us a chance to win, but the offense just wasn't there when we needed it," Riley added. "We'll regroup and look forward to getting back after it in a whole new game tomorrow night."

Making his fourth appearance of the year, Air Force goalie Chris Truehl went the distance and made 20 stops, while three different Falcons scored goals as the team improved to 11-6-4 overall and 6-3-3 in Atlantic Hockey Association play.

Army scored the only power play goal of the game on Faust's tally late in the second period, while the penalty kill came up with three stops.

The Black Knights had their chances early with Tadazak standing tall between the pipes. Air Force, however, struck first with a Chad Demers goal at the 12:00 mark to take a 1-0 lead over the home team. The score would stand at the first intermission.

As the physical play picked up in the second, so did the Falcons' lead as a Jason Fabain goal at 8:11 stretched the deficit to 2-0. With time running out on the period and a late Air Force penalty, a timely Black Knights goal cut the Falcons' lead in half at the 18:23 mark. Faust netted his fourth goal on the year on a tic-tac-toe play. Classmate Andrew O'Leary and junior Maurice Alvarez assisted on Faust's rip to the far post, bringing the Tate Rink crowd to its feet just before the second intermission.  

The Falcons came out strong to start the third and grew its lead to 3-1 on an A.J. Reid goal at the 7:36 mark of the final stanza. Reid's goal provided enough insurance for Air Force to hang on for the road win.

Army closes out its seven-game homestand tomorrow night as the academies finish the AHA weekend series with a 7:05 p.m. face-off at Tate Rink. The sold-out contest will air live regionally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Fans can also watch Saturday night's game online via America ONE Sports or listen to the Army call on Knight Vision. Subscription fees apply for both online offerings. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the games will be aired live on 1340 WALL-AM and 1380 WEOK-AM. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.

Game Notes: Air Force now leads the all-time series 33-22-5 ... the Black Knights donned gray sweaters for the first time in two years in honor of the West Point Long Gray Line ... AHA Commissioner Bob DeGregorio was on hand to present 2nd Lt. Cheyne Rocha with the 2013 AHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award ... Friday night's starting lineup featured Brian Schultz, Shane Hearn, Willie Faust, Christian Pomarico, Garret Peterson and Rob Tadazak in goal ... former Army players Chase Podsiad '08, Lyle Gal '08 and Chris Blaire '08 were all in attendance.

AIR FORCE                 1-1-1 - 3
ARMY                         0-1-0 - 1

First Period:
AF - Demers (Gunner, Musselman), 12:00

Second Period:
AF - Fabian (Hrabovsky, Musselman), 8:11
ARMY - Faust (O'Leary, Alvarez), 18:23 PP

Third Period:
AF - Reid (Thomas, Muchalke), 7:36  

Shots: Air Force 29 (9-8-12); Army 21 (5-7-9)
Air Force 20 (Truehl, 59:52, 5-6-9; empty net, 0:08); Army 26 (Tadazak, 58:55, 8-7-11; empty net, 1:05)
Power Plays:
Air Force, 0-3; Army, 1-4
Air Force, 4-8; Army, 3-6

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