Feb. 25, 2005
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army extended its season-high winning streak to three games with a 5-3 victory over visiting American International College Friday night in front of 2,149 fans at Tate Rink in a matchup with playoff implications in Atlantic Hockey.
The Black Knights were unable to gain ground on seventh-place Bentley as the Falcons upset Canisius, 4-3, in Buffalo, N.Y. Army (10-18-2, 5-14-2 Atlantic Hockey) are currently in eighth place, two points ahead of AIC.
David Andros tied a career high with two goals, one short-handed in the first period and another on the power play in the second stanza. Robb Ross scored a power play goal in the second period as well and added an assist. Chase Podsiad chipped in two assists.
The Black Knights exploded for three goals in the middle period on the strength of a 2-for-4 showing with the man advantage. Aaron Anderson
tipped a shot past AIC goalie Frank Novello for the other tally.
Neil Sullivan scored for AIC (4-21-2, 4-15-2) to pull the visitors within two heading into the third period. Bryan Jurynec drew the Yellow Jackets closer with a short-handed tally at 13:43 of the final period.
However, Chad Fifield fired a shot from just inside the blue line into an empty net with 20 seconds remaining to ice the deal.
"We have been in so many close games, and we found ourselves in that same situation tonight," Army head coach Brian Riley said. "It just seems we are now finding ways to win those close games, whereas we didn't do that earlier in the year."
The win also presented first-year head coach Brian Riley with his 10th win of the season, making him the winningest rookie head coach in Army hockey history. His brother Rob held the old record with nine wins in his first campaign (1986-87).
"The guys in that locker room won those 10 games," Riley added. "I just hope they have a few more wins in them."
Army and AIC will return to Tate Rink for game two of their weekend series Saturday night when the Black Knights will honor their five seniors playing in their final regular-season home game. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.