Feb. 21, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Freshman goaltender Parker Gahagen made a career-high 42 saves and sophomore forward Willie Faust scored twice as the Army hockey team defeated Connecticut, 4-3, in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest Friday night at the Freitas Ice Forum. In doing so, the Black Knights snapped a 13-game losing streak and picked up two points against the fourth-place Huskies.
The teams return to the ice tomorrow night, closing out a home-and-home conference series at a sold-out Tate Rink at 7:05 p.m.
Army (4-24-0, 4-21-0 AHA) scored twice on the power play and erased a 2-0 deficit en route to its fourth conference victory and third on the road. UConn (16-11-4, 13-8-3) outshot the Black Knights 45-27, but Gahagen stood tall between the pipes and collected his first collegiate victory. Thirty-two of Gahagen’s 42 saves came over the final two periods.
“Parker (Gahagen) played tremendous for us tonight,” said head coach Brian Riley following the game. “He was composed, made big saves and settled us down when we needed it. It was an outstanding effort on his part.
“Our guys showed the ability to fight back, which is something we’ve taken pride in as of late,” Riley continued. “In past games, we’ve struggled finishing but that was not the case tonight. This difference in this game was special teams. We got two goals on the power play and the penalty kill came up with some huge stops when we needed them. It was a total team effort. Our guys have been working so hard, and I couldn’t be happier to see them be rewarded.”
In addition to Faust’s season-high two goals, sophomore Kyle Vogel and freshman C.J. Reuschlein scored single goals. Seven different players tallied assists, including junior Maurice Alvarez’s second-straight two-assist effort.
UConn jumped out to a 2-0 lead just under 12 minutes into the contest. After a Shawn Pauly goal at 11:36 gave the Huskies a two-goal cushion, Vogel picked the perfect time to net his first collegiate goal as the Richland, Wash., native got the Black Knights on the board less than a minute after Pauly’s score to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. The Huskies gifted Army a power play later in the opening period, on which Faust scored his third PP goal of the season at the 16:07 mark. The teams entered the first intermission deadlocked at 2-2.
Faust picked right up where he left off, putting the Black Knights on top 3-2 with his seventh goal of the season 7:07 into the second. The advantage didn’t last long, however, as UConn’s Trevor Gerling leveled the score for a second time, 3-3, midway through the middle frame. Neither team would score for the remainder of the period, but Army’s special teams killed off a five-minute major penalty late in the second to keep the tie intact at the second intermission.
The Black Knights proceeded to take full advantage of an early power play opportunity in the opening minutes of the third as Reuschlein cashed in on his 11th goal of the year 2:12 into the action. It marked the Flint, Mich., native’s third power play goal, and Army hung on over the final 17:48 to make it Reuschlein’s first collegiate game-winner.
UConn peppered Gahagen with 15 shots, on which he made 15 saves, in the final period to help seal the victory.
The Black Knights and Huskies clash once again tomorrow night, Feb. 22, at Tate Rink in a game that is already sold out. Fans can watch the Atlantic Hockey contest live online via www.americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply). Live statistics 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: Friday marked UConn’s Senior Night … joining Parker Gahagen in the starting lineup was Brian Schultz, Josh Roberts and Willie Faust up front, along with Christian Pomarico and Mac Lalor on defense … Faust matched a career-high two goals and registered his fifth career multiple-point game … Maurice Alvarez now has third multiple-point game of the year and fourth of his career … Army donned its road black sweaters … Joe Kozlak has a point in each of his last six contests … C.J. Reuschlein increased his team-high goals to 11 on the year …Army has put up four goals in four of its last six games … four of the team’s last five games have been decided by one goal.
ARMY 4, CONNECTICUT 3
ARMY 2-1-1 – 4
UCONN 2-1-0 – 3
UCONN – Norris (Kirtland), 6:36
UCONN – Pauly (Latta, Sharib), 11:36
ARMY – Vogel (Richards, Jenkins), 12:28
ARMY – Faust (O’Leary, Lalor), 16:07 PP
ARMY – Faust (Schultz, Alvarez), 7:17
UCONN – Gerling, Skibba, Poe, 11:40
ARMY – Reuschlein (Kozlak, Alvarez), 2:18 PP
Shots: UConn 45 (12-18-15); Army 27 (10-6-11)
Saves: Army 42 (Gahagen, 59:54, 10-17-15; empty net, 0:06); UConn 23 (Grogan, 58:36, 8-5-10; empty net, 1:24)
Power Plays: Army, 2-4; UConn, 0-3
Penalties: Army, 3-9; UConn, 4-8