Feb. 19, 2005
WEST POINT, N.Y. -Army completed a weekend sweep of visiting Bentley with another convincing 3-1 win over the Falcons in front of a sold out Tate Rink crowd of 2,868 fans Saturday night.
The win, coupled with American International College's 4-1 upset of first-place Sacred Heart, leaves Army (9-18-2, 4-14-2 Atlantic Hockey) in a tie for eighth place with the Yellow Jackets. Both schools are four points behind seventh place Bentley (6-17-4, 5-11-4) in the Atlantic Hockey standings. The Black Knights took the season series from the Falcons, 2-0-1.
AIC will host Quinnipiac Wednesday evening, in a rescheduled game from Feb. 12, before heading to West Point next weekend for a two-game series with the Black Knights.
Freshman Aaron Anderson potted his second game-winning goal of the year when he slid a shot under the pads of Falcons' goalie Simon St. Pierre at 8:50 of the second period. The goal broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Black Knights the lead for good.
scored his second in as many nights, rocketing a shot into an open net off a rebound of a blast from the point by Nick Cahill
. Cahill also assisted on Anderson's game winner, finishing the night with two points.
Ryan Mayhew had given the visitors a 1-0 lead at 17:43 of the opening frame. However, Army's Robb Ross banked a shot off St. Pierre's back from the far corner with 35 seconds remaining in the first period to knot things up at one entering the first intermission.
Ross collected the puck in the corner off a feed from Ryan Cruthers and flicked the rubber disc toward the net from behind the red goal line. The puck hit St. Pierre in the back and fell across the goal line.
Brad Roberts made 15 saves in goal for Army, picking up his sixth win of the season and 33rd of his career. He ties Dick Newell ('67) for 10th place on the Black Knights' all-time wins list. St. Pierre was credited with 44 saves as Army outshot Bentley by a whopping 47-16 margin. The Black Knights' 47 shots on goal was their highest output of the season versus an NCAA opponent and the most since firing 58 attempts at Ryerson on opening night.
With the win, head coach Brian Riley ties his brother, Rob, for most wins in a rookie season by an Army head coach. Rob Riley won nine games his first year behind the bench in 1986-87.
The victory was also Army's 997th career win for one of the oldest intercollegiate hockey programs in the country.
Army and AIC faceoff in game one of their two-game set Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at West Point's Tate Rink. Friday night's contest can be heard in the Hudson Valley on WGNY 1220 and 1200 AM.