Niagara Stays Unbeaten In League Play, Beats Army

Thane Heller

Thane Heller

Nov. 10, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Niagara scored twice in the first period and stayed unbeaten in Atlantic Hockey Association play with a 4-1 victory over Army, Saturday at Tate Rink.

The Purples Eagles improved to 5-0-0 in AHA games and 6-2-3 overall while extending their unbeaten streak to seven straight games.

Niagara goalie Carsen Chubak continues to lead the country in save percentage and shutouts and made 30 saves to win his sixth game of the season.

Army fell to 2-5-1 overall and 2-2-1 in league games.

In a game carried live across New York by Time Warner Cable, Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 25 saves as the Black Knights held a 31-29 advantage in shots on goal.

Thane Heller scored for Army off of assists from Zak Zaremba and Andy Starczewski.

Tadazak was sharp early, stopping a point blank shot just a minute into the contest.

Niagara took its first lead eight minutes into the contest, scoring as the end of its first power play opportunity. With an Army player off for cross checking, Ryan Murphy tipped in a Kevin Ryan slap shot from just inside the blue line.

The Purples Eagles, despite being out-shot by Army 14-11 in the first period, led 2-0 after the first 20 minutes when Michael Benedict netted his third goal of the season.

Niagara, which last lost Oct. 19 at Michigan State, extended its lead to 3-0 three minutes into the second period when Benedict netted his second of the game.

Army had a power play opportunity seven minutes into the final period but Niagara blocked three shots to keep the 3-0 lead.

Following a series of penalties, Army again went on the power play with a roughing whistle against Niagara. Brian Schultz had a scoring chance but Chubak made a sweeping save.

Niagara added a fourth goal with 6:20 left to play when Jeff Hannan chipped a shot past Tadazak.

Army got on the board with 5:30 left to play with a power play tally. Starczewski cycled the puck to Zaremba who registered a shot on goal. Chubak made the save but Heller stuffed in the rebound for his third goal this season. It was the seventh assist for Starczewski and the third for Zaremba.

Army will host Sacred Heart, Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink. Tickets are available on line at or by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Saturday, Army will travel to Brown for a non-conference game.

GAMES NOTES: Army wore its gold sweaters ... Army's starting lineup consisted of Andrew O'Leary, James McNulty, Josh Roberts, Cheyne Rocha and John Clark with Rob Tadazak in net ... Tadazak made his 15th career start .... Matt Ryan and Dan Fridgen called the game for Time Warner Cable ... Andy Starczewski leads Army in points (11), goals (four) and assists (seven).

NIAGARA      2-1-1--4
ARMY             0-0-1--1

First Period:
NIAGARA - Murphy (Ryan, Iuorio), PP, 7:09
NIAGARA -- Benedict (Rashid, Ryan) 13:5

Second Period:

NIAGARA - Benedict (Turcotte, Williams), 2:53

Third Period:
ARMY - Heller (Zaremba, Starczewski), PP, 14:30

Niagara 29 (11-11-6); Army 31 (14-6-11)
Saves: Niagara 30 (Chubak, 60:00, 14-6-10); Army 25 (Tadazak, 60:00, 9-10-6)
Power Plays: Niagara, 1-2; Army, 1-4
Penalties: Niagara, 8-27; Army, 6-23
Attendance: 1,548

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