Oct. 27, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. – Army hockey Brian Riley recorded his 100th career victory and six players scored goals as the Black Knights posted a 7-2 win over Holy Cross, Saturday evening in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at the Hart Center.
Riley, now in his ninth season, watched his team score four power play goals to give him 100 wins for his career.
Army posted its first road win of the season and improved to 2-3-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league games.
Holy Cross, dealt its first loss of the season, is now 3-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference games.
Shane Hearn scored twice and Mac Lalor, Jonathan Gehrt, Joe Kozlak and Thane Heller had a goal and assist as Army racked up a season-best seven goals. Andy Starczewski had three assists, Josh Richards handed out a pair of assists and Zak Zaremba also scored.
Army goalie Ryan Leets made his second start of the season and turned away 33 shots. He made 22 saves in relief on Friday and followed that up with 13 in the first period, seven in the second and 13 in the final period on Saturday to win his first game of the season.
The Black Knights had three power play goals entering the contest but converted four of eight opportunities on Saturday against the Crusaders.
Army, coming off a 5-0 loss to Penn State on Friday, stormed out to a 3-0 lead after the first period with a pair of power play goals.
Zaremba opened the scoring four minutes into the contest with a power play goal off of assists from Starczewski and Heller.
Seven minutes later, Hearn netted his first collegiate goal, an unassisted tally.
Kozlak increased the Army lead to 3-0 with his second goal of the season, converting a power play opportunity with assists from Richards and Gehrt.
Holy Cross, coming off a 2-1 win against Connecticut on Friday, answered with two power play goals less than a minute apart midway through the second period.
Army, though, scored three more times and led 6-2 after two periods. Gehrt notched his first collegiate tally, an unassisted score.
Three minutes later, Lalor scored off of a Starczewski pass. It was Lalor’s second goal this season and the second assist for Starczewski.
Starczewski collected his third assist of the game on the power play late in the period when Heller scored his second collegiate goal. Lalor also had an assist.
Hearn closed the scoring in the final period with his second goal of the game. Richards and Kozlak picked up assists.
Army will return to action Nov. 9 and 10 against league foe Niagara. Both games at Tate Rink are set for 7:05 p.m. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY.
GAME NOTES: Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, R.J. Burns, Zak Zaremba, Cheyne Rocha and Ryan Clark with Ryan Leets in goal. Leets made his second start of the season in goal and the 40th of his career.
ARMY 7, HOLY CROSS 2
HOLY CROSS 0-2-0—2
ARMY – Zaremba (Starczewski, Heller), PP, 3:57
ARMY – Hearn (unassisted), 11:21
ARMY --- Kozlak (Richards, Gehrt), PP, 12:58
HC – Fletcher (Vos), SH, 9:40
HC – Nunn (Zych), 10:12
ARMY – Gehrt (unassisted), 10:25
ARMY – Lalor (Starczewski), PP, 13:49
ARMY – Heller (Starczewski, Lalor), PP, 18:22
ARMY – Hearn (Richards, Kozlak), 14:00
Shots: Army 35 (14-11-10); Holy Cross 35 (13-9-13)
Saves: Army 33 (Leets, time, 13-7-13); Holy Cross 28 (Ginn, time, 11-8-9)
Power Plays: Army 4-8; Holy Cross 2-7
Penalties: Army 7-14; Holy Cross 8-16