Oct. 20, 2012
MILFORD, Conn. – Four different players scored goals as Army skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with Sacred Heart, Saturday in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
Army fought back from three deficits and netted the tying goal with 33 seconds left to move to 1-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 on the season. Sacred Heart is 0-3-1, 0-2-1.
Josh Richards, Willie Faust, Andy Starczewski and Joe Kozlak scored goals for Army while Luke Jenkins collected a pair of assists. Maurice Alvarez, Jonathan Gehrt, Thane Heller, Kozlak, Faust and Starczewski all registered assists.
Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 25 saves to earn the tie.
Army scored early in Friday’s victory. Saturday, it was Sacred Heart that got the early goal as Eric Delong blasted home his second goal of the season a minute into the contest.
The Black Knights had to kill off a charging penalty 90 seconds later and then another penalty later in the period and trailed 1-0 after the first 20 minutes despite a 19-13 advantage in shots on goal.
Army started the second period on the power play and then had a 5-on-3 advantage after an interference whistle. The Black Knights came out firing on and Richards was rewarded when he tapped in a rebound of an Alvarez shot. Jenkins got the puck to Alvarez who shot from inside the blue line. Richards hustled to corral the loose puck for his second goal of the season. It was also the second assist for Alvarez.
Sacred Heart had a 5-on3 of its own shortly after following penalties for slashing and too many men on the ice. Sacred Heart capitalized as Brian Sheehan gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead
Faust netted his first collegiate goal to tie the game with five minutes left in the second period. With a Sacred Heart player off for roughing, Faust knocked home the rebound of a Gehrt shot. Kozlak set the play up with a nice pass for his third assist of the season. It was the second point this season for Faust and the first for Gehrt.
The Pioneers went back on top with a power play goal by Kyle Verbeek with 12 seconds left in the second period.
Army tied the game again eight minutes into the final period. Jenkins collected a loose puck in the Army end and got the puck to Faust. Faust went across the ice to Starczewski who fired in a wrist shot for his fourth goal of the weekend.
The Pioneers, playing on home ice for the first time this season, went back on top with an even-strength goal from Moran Bonner with 8:25 remaining.
Army continued to apply offensive pressure and pulled Tadazak with 1:20 left to play. The Black Knights extra attacker paid off when Kozlak scored with just 33 seconds left, his first career goal. Heller earned the assist.
In overtime, Army had several chances but was unable to break the tie.
Army will return to Tate Rink and host Penn State on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available at www.goARMYsports.com, or by phone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.
GAMES NOTES: Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, R.J. Burns and Zak Zaremba with Cheyne Rocha and John Clark on defense and Rob Tadazak in net … Tadazak made his 13th career start … Director of Hockey Operations Tom Doran had a busy pregame, replacing the steel in the left skate of Joe Kozlak at the arena … Senior defenseman John Clark played in his 100th career game.
ARMY 4, SACRED HEART 4 (OT)
SHU – Delong (Sheehan), 1:09
ARMY – Richards (Jenkins, Alvarez) PP, 1:53
SHU – Sheehan (George, Brightbill), PP, 4:03
ARMY – Faust (Gehrt, Kozlak), PP, 15:02
SHU – Verbeek (Solomon, Filteau), 19:48
ARMY – Starczewski (Faust, Jenkins), 7:35
SHU – Bonner (Curry), 11:35
ARMY – Kozlak (Heller, Starczewski), EX, 19:27
Shots: Army 41 (19-10-9-3); Sacred Heart 29 (13-8-6-2)
Saves: Army 25 (Tadazak, 64:17, 12-6-5-2; empty net, 00:43); Sacred Heart 37 (Bodnarchuk, 65:00, 19-8-7-3)
Power Plays: Army, 2-6; Sacred Heart, 2-5
Penalties: Army, 7-22; Sacred Heart, 8-24