Feb. 8, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After Army's Zak Zaremba sent the game into overtime with his second goal in two nights, AIC netted the game-winner just 14 seconds into the extra session to steal a 5-4 road win in the second game of a home-and-home weekend series Saturday night at Tate Rink.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and overcame a 4-2 deficit with a pair of third-period goals to force overtime. Zaremba, Josh Roberts, Willie Faust and Joe Kozlak all scored for the Black Knights. Andrew O'Leary tallied a pair of assists en route to his first career multiple-point game.
Army (3-22-0, 3-18-0 AHA) outshot the Yellow Jackets 40-35 and held a 12-10 advantage in blocks. AIC (9-18-1, 8-12-1 AHA) went 2-for-2 on the power play and got five goals from five different players en route to the victory.
AIC's Hunter Leisner picked up the win in goal, making 36 saves, including 16 in the third period. Army freshman Parker Gahagen made 30 stops and played all but one second of the contest.
"Our guys got off to a good start, but it's about playing for 60 minutes," said Army head coach Brian Riley following the game. "We had our chances. AIC got it going there in the second, but I give our guys credit for battling back from down 4-2. I know we felt good about our chances after that."
Roberts got Army on the board 7:16 into the contest, firing home a shot from the slot for his first collegiate goal. Zaremba and O'Leary earned assists on the play as the Black Knights took an early 1-0 advantage. Just over five minutes later, Faust's fifth goal of the season, on assists from O'Leary and Shane Hearn, gave Army a 2-0 cushion at the first intermission.
AIC cut the deficit in half as David Gandara's shot ricocheted past Gahagen 4:12 into the second period. The Yellow Jackets went on to make the Black Knights pay for a hooking penalty with a power play goal at 6:57 that knotted the score at 2-2.
Gahagen stopped the Yellow Jackets on one breakaway midway through the action, but could not stop them on a second as Austin Orszulak netted the go-ahead goal at the 12:04 mark. AIC tacked on a fourth goal of the period to take a 4-2 lead with just over five minutes to play. Kozlak's timely goal happened a minute later as he corralled the puck from freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein and one-timed it into the goal at 15:34. AIC led 4-3 at the second intermission.
Midway through the final period of regulation, Zaremba skated into the zone and ripped one past Leisner high at the 11:45 mark of the third period. Sophomores Luke Jenkins and Christian Pomarico led the puck to Zaremba for the transition score, as the Black Knights once again leveled the score, 4-4, and bring the Tate Rink faithful to their feet.
Zaremba's fifth goal of the season sent the game to overtime, during which the Black Knights' hopes were dashed in a hurry as Jon Puskar's goal 14 seconds into the extra session gave AIC a 5-4 victory.
Next up for Army is a weekend tangle with Bentley, Feb. 14 and 15. The Black Knights host the Falcons on Friday night for Bring Your Date To Tate night. The Valentine's Day affair will begin at 7:05 p.m. Army travels to Bentley on Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. start as well.
Fans can watch both games online via www.americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply). The Army Sports Network call of the game can be heard online at www.goARMYsports.com and on the radio at 1340 WALL-AM (Hudson Valley), 1390 WEOK-AM (Hudson Valley) and 92.5 WBLR-FM (Watertown, N.Y.). Live statistics for both games can be found on the hockey schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com, and scoring updates will be available through the team's official Twitter handle @Army_Hockey.
Game Notes: Army maintains a 56-21-6 lead in its all-time series with AIC ... rookie Parker Gahagen started in goal for the second night in a row ... it marked his eighth appearance on the year ... joining him in the lineup was top line Andrew O'Leary, Shane Hearn and Willie Faust, along with Christian Pomarico and Garret Peterson on defense ... Army wore its gray sweaters ... Joe Kozlak has scored at least one point in five of the team's last seven games ... Army is 1-1 in overtime games this season ... Zak Zaremba registered his fourth career multiple-point contest.
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL 5, ARMY 4
ARMY 2-1-1-0 - 4
AIC 0-4-0-1 - 5
ARMY - Roberts (O'Leary, Zaremba), 7:16
ARMY - Faust (O'Leary, Hearn), 12:26
AIC - Gandara (Sliwinski, Dietrich), 4:12
AIC - Porter (Grolla), 6:57 PP
AIC - Orszulak (Clairmont), 12:04
AIC - Williams (Norris, Puskar), 14:33 PP
ARMY - Kozlak (Reuschlein, Carlisle), 15:34
ARMY - Zaremba (Jenkins, Pomarico), 11:45
AIC - Puskar (Norris, MacMillan), 00:14
Shots: Army 40 (12-11-17-0); AIC 35 (10-16-7-2)
Saves: AIC 36 (Leisner, 60:00, 10-10-16-0); Army 30 (Gahagen, 60:13, 10-12-7-1; empty net, 00:01)
Power Plays: AIC, 2-2; Army, 0-1
Penalties: AIC, 1-2; Army, 2-4