Nov. 8, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army struck first, but Holy Cross scored four second-period goals en route to a 4-1 win over the home Black Knights in an Atlantic Hockey Association showdown on Friday night at Tate Rink. The Crusaders improve to 2-0-0 in AHA contests, while the Black Knights fall to 0-2-0.
Army (0-5-0) rookie forward C.J. Reuschlein continued his standout start to the season with his third goal in the last four games. The Flint, Mich., native got the Black Knights on the board six minutes into the contest, while classmate Clint Carlisle picked up his first collegiate point on one of two assists. Sophomore right wing Joe Kozlak was credited with the other. Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made his fifth start of the year for the Black Knights. He played half the game before freshman Parker Gahagen stepped in midway through the second period.
“It was so exciting just to be out there in this atmosphere tonight,” said Gahagen, who did not surrender a goal in 28 minutes of his collegiate debut. “It was like a dream come true for me. We started the game on such a high. We just need to learn how to play through those ebbs and flows for 60 minutes.”
Holy Cross (2-5-0) outshot Army by a 34-21 margin and scored on its only power play opportunity. Junior goaltender Matt Ginn made 20 saves in 60 minutes of work.
Tadazak (16 saves) and Gahagen (14) combined for 30 stops for the Black Knights.
For the first time in three games, Army drew first blood and proved to be the more productive squad over the opening 20 minutes. The Black Knights benefited from some rookie magic as Reuschlein and Carlisle combined for a goal 6:13 into the action. Kozlak’s first assist marked the first point of the season for the Duluth, Mich., native., as Army’s top line cashed in on a bang-bang play right in front of the Crusader goal. Thirteen-plus minutes of scoreless hockey ensued, and the Black Knights entered the first intermission on top.
Holy Cross wasted no time leveling the scoreboard with its first goal of the night coming just 32 seconds into the second frame. The Crusaders stayed hot throughout the period, as they score twice more at the 14:50 and 14:26 marks, respectively, to take a 3-1 lead and force the Black Knights to take a timeout. The barrage continued as Holy Cross made it 4-1 with 11:37 remaining in the period.
Army made its goalie change 31:27 into the game, as Gahagen came on and did not yield a goal the rest of the way.
A physical third period played out scoreless on both sides as the Crusaders remain undefeated early in AHA play.
Army is back in action this Sunday, Nov. 10, as the team heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on perennial power house Boston College for a 3 p.m. faceoff. The Eagles enter the game ranked No. 8 in both national polls.
Fans can who cannot make the trip to Kelley Rink can catch the Army Sports Network audio feed at goARMYsports.com and 1340 WALL and 1380 WEOK in the Hudson Valley. Boston College’s Eagle Vision will offer a subscription-based video feed. Army’s official hockey Twitter feed, @Army_Hockey, will also provide in-game updates.
Game Notes: Holy Cross holds a 31-29-8 lead in the all-time series with Army, which dates back to Dec. 15, 1956 … the first 1,000 fans through the Tate Rink turnstiles received a Hockey Knight At West Point t-shirt …starting for Army were senior captain Brian Schultz and sophomores Shane Hearn, Willie Faust, Christian Pomarico, Jonathan Gehrt, along with junior Rob Tadazak in goal … the Black Knights’ top line remained the same for the second game in a row, featuring rookies C.J. Reuschlein, Clint Carlisle and sophomore Joe Kozlak … Army heads to Boston College to face the Eagles for the first time since 1994 on Sunday afternoon.
HOLY CROSS 4, ARMY 1
HOLY CROSS 0-4-0 – 4
ARMY 1-0-0 – 1
ARMY – Reuschlein (Kozlak, Carlisle), 6:13
HC – Lawson (Smith), 00:32
HC – Sommer (Bolton, Schmidt), 5:10 PP
HC – McGrath (McNamara, Kaplan), 5:34
HC – Gustin (McGrath, McNamara), 8:23
Shots: Holy Cross 34 (10-17-7); Army 21 (8-6-7)
Saves: Holy Cross 20 (Ginn, 60:00, 7-6-7); Army 30 (Tadazak 16, 31:27, 10-6-0; Gahagen 14, 28:29, 0-7-7; empty net 00:04)
Power Plays: Holy Cross 1-1; Army, 0-2
Penalties: Holy Cross, 2-4; Army, 1-2