March 5, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Army took a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but Canisius rattled off four unanswered goals to pick up its second win in as many nights over the Black Knights, 5-2, Saturday evening at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
Army (10-20-3, 5-16-3 Atlantic Hockey) finishes the regular season in eighth place by virtue of American International College's loss at league champion Quinnipiac Saturday night. The Black Knights will host AIC Tuesday evening in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey postseason tournament at Tate Rink.
Ryan Cruthers and David Andros each registered a goal and an assist for Army. Andros' team-leading 12th marker of the season 1:30 into the final frame gave the Black Knights a short-lived 2-1 advantage.
Army goalie Brad Roberts
made 23 saves on the night, keeping the visitors in the game for the first 40 minutes of play. Roberts now has 2,041 saves in his career and currently sits fifth all-time at the Academy 13 stops behind Scott Hamilton
('02). The junior netminder became just the fifth Army goalie to surpass 2,000 career saves Friday night.
Cruthers extended his career-high scoring streak to six games with two points. Freshman Robb Ross picked up an assist as well to match his linemate's scoring string at six and maintain a one-point lead in the team scoring race. Cruthers' three-point weekend moves him into second place on the club in scoring with 18 points.
The Black Knights face AIC (4-22-4, 4-16-4) in the AHA play-in game Tue., March 8 at 7 p.m., at West Point's Tate Rink.