Feb. 23, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – John Clark scored his first career goal and Andy Starczewski and Joe Kozlak extended scoring streaks but Connecticut posted a 6-3 victory, Saturday night at a sold-out Tate Rink.
Army twice tied the game but fell in front of a crowd of 2,626, the sixth sell-out of the season at Tate Rink.
Clark, Maurice Alvarez and Christian Pomarico scored goals for the Black Knights who are now 7-17-5 overall and 7-12-5 in Atlantic Hockey Association games. Starczewski, Kozlak, Thane Heller, Luke Jenkins, Andrew O’Leary and Shane Hearn were credited with assists.
Connecticut goalie Matt Grogan, who entered the game with a 1.69 goals against average and .947 save percentage, turned away30 shots to help the Huskies improve to 16-1-3 overall and 13-10-2 in league contests.
For the fourth consecutive game, Army out-shot its opponent yet came up empty. Saturday, Army held a 33-30 advantage in shots on goal.
Kozlak and Starczewski have now earned points in four straight games while O’Leary collected his first collegiate assist.
Army was awarded a power play early in the contest but Connecticut killed the opportunity.
The Huskies then had their first power play and took a 1-0 lead on Sean Ambrosie’s goal.
Connecticut quickly made it a 2-0 contest on Brad Smith’s third goal of the season at the 15:44 mark of the opening period.
Army held a 15-8 advantage shots on goal but trailed by a pair of goals after the first 20 minutes.
The Black Knights got on the scoreboard less than four minutes into the second period. Kozlak cycled the puck to Starczewski who found Alvarez in front of the net for his third goal of the season. It was the 15th assist for Starczewski and the ninth for Kozlak.
Army knotted the game at 2 when Pomarico picked up his second career goal, converting passes from Heller and Jenkins. It was Heller’s sixth assist and the third for Jenkins.
Connecticut quickly re-took the lead on Billy Latta’s score.
Army tied the game a second time at the 13:11 mark of the second period when Clark netted his first collegiate goal, in his 125th game. O’Leary collected first collegiate assist and Hearn his sixth.
The tie didn’t last long as Ambrosie scored a power play goal with 11:52 remaining in the second period to cap a stretch of five goals in eight minutes and give Connecticut a 4-3 advantage after two periods.
Army out-shot Connecticut 11-9 in the final period but a power play goal by Brant Harris and an empty-net tally by Jordan Sims ended the scoring.
Army will conclude a challenging stretch of three games in five days Tuesday at AIC. Game time at the Olympia Ice Center is set for 3:30 p.m.
Army’s final regular season home game is March 1 against Holy Cross and the senior members of the team will be honored. For tickets please visit www.goARMYsports.com, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the Ticket Office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
GAMES NOTES: Army wore its white sweaters … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Andy Starczewski, Joe Kozlak, Maurice Alvarez, Jonathan Gehrt and Mac Lalor with Ryan Leets in goal … Leets made his 51st career start … Army again utilized 11 forwards and seven defensemen … Major Derek Burt of the Math Department served as the Officer Representative … Army held its final Skate With The Black Knights following the contest.
CONECTICUT 6, ARMY 3
UConn – Ambrosie (Harris), PP, 3:07
UConn – Smith (Smutek, Kirtland), 4:16
ARMY – Alvarez (Starczewski, Kozlak), 3:34
ARMY – Pomarico (Heller, Jenkins), 5:42
UConn – Latta (Cooke), 6:10
ARMY – Clark (O’Leary, Hearn), 6:49
UConn – Ambrosie (Sims, Harris), PP, 8:08
UConn – Harris (Ambrosie, Grogan), PP, 13:15
UConn – Sims (Huson, Harris), EN, 19:43
Shots: Connecticut 30 (8-13-9); Army xx (15-7-11)
Saves: Connecticut 30 (Grogan, 59:55, 15-4-11; empty net, :05); Army 24 (Leets, 59:02, 6-11-7; empty net, :58)
Power Plays: Connecticut, 3-7; Army, 0-6
Penalties: Connecticut, 7-14; Army, 8-16