Nov. 9, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Niagara scored four first-period goals and stayed atop the Atlantic Hockey Association standings with a 5-0 conference win over Army, Friday at Tate Rink.
The Purples Eagles improved to 5-2-3 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play while extending their unbeaten streak to six games, including the last three victories by shutout.
Army, which was idle last weekend, fell to 2-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in league games, suffering its first conference loss of the season.
Niagara goalie Carsen Chubak, the October AHA Goalie of the Month, made 27 saves. Chubak, who leads the country in save percentage and shutouts, made seven saves in the first, 12 in the second and eight in the final period.
Army utilized two goalies. Ryan Leets made 19 saves in the a period and a half of play while Rob Tadazak turned away 11 shots in 37 minutes of work.
Niagara struck first when Isaac Kohls followed by a Giancarlo Iuorio shot at the 18:33 mark.
The Purples Eagles, riding a five-game unbeaten streak, moved their lead to 2-0 midway through the first period on Matt Williams second career goal.
Niagara quickly made it a 3-0 contest on Chris Lochner’s fourth goal of the season, prompting Army to take its timeout at the 10:38 mark of the first period.
Army had seven seconds of a power play and then a full two minutes power play opportunity but could not break through.
Niagara increased its lead to 5-0 when Paul Zanette swiped the puck from Leets and scored his second of the season.
Tadazak entered in goal and Army killed off a Niagara power play opportunity, though the Purple Eagles led 5-0 after two periods despite the Black Knights holding a 12-10 advantage in shots on goal in the period.
Army had eight shots in the final period but suffered its second shutout off the season.
Army and Niagara will conclude their series Saturday at 7:05 p.n. at Tate Rink. Time Warner Cable will carry the game across New York. It will be shown live in the Hudson Valley on channels 461 (HD) and 413 (SH), in the Capital Region on channels 1803 (HD) and 50 (SD), in Western, N.Y. on channel 87, in Central, N.Y. on channel 1026 and in New York City on channel 197.
GAMES NOTES: Army wore its white sweaters for the first time at Tate Rink this season … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Jon Bobb, Thane Heller, Andy Starczewski, Cheyne Rocha and John Clark on defense and Ryan Leets in net … Leets made his 41st career start … Col. Ed Naessens served as the Officer Representative … Army assistant coach Trevor Large was behind the bench. He and his wife, Molly, welcomed a son, Brody, on Thursday.
NIAGARA 5, ARMY 0
NIAGARA – Kohls (Giancarlo), 1:27
NIAGARA – Williams (Hannan, Kohls), 8:19
NIAGARA – Lochner (Divjak, Ryan), 9:22
NIAGARA – Rashid (kohls), 17:34
NIAGARA – Zanette (unassisted), 7:53
Shots: Niagara 35 (17-10-8); Army 27 (7-12-8)
Saves: Niagara 27 (Chubak, 60:00, 7-12-8); Army 30 (Leets, 27:53, 13-6-x; Tadazak, 32:07, x-3-8)
Power Plays: Niagara, 0-3; Army, 0-2
Penalties: Niagara, 4-8; Army, 5-10.