Nov. 16, 2013
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Niagara scored five unanswered second-period goals, a stretch that proved to be too much for Army, in an 8-3 Purple Eagles victory in Atlantic Hockey Association action Saturday night at Dwyer Arena. Rookies C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle, along with sophomore Andrew O'Leary scored goals for the visiting Black Knights.
Preseason conference favorite Niagara completed the weekend sweep and improved to 3-6-1 overall and 3-1-1 in AHA play. Army dropped to 1-8-0 overall and 1-5-0 in conference action.
Reuschlein drew first blood with the game's only first-period goal, but Niagara scored five unanswered goals in the second period to erase the Black Knights' early lead. Army showed no quit and made it 5-3 at the second intermission with a pair of quick goals in the final two minutes of the middle period, but the Purple Eagles stole momentum back and scored three times in the third to put the game out of reach.
Niagara out-shot Army 36-19 for the game and went 0-for-2 on the power play. Army scored the game's lone power play goal late in the second and went 1-for-5 on the night.
A penalty-plagued first period saw the teams combined for six infractions, including two stretches of 4-on-4 play. While both teams enjoyed ample opportunities, the game remained scoreless until the final three minutes thanks to standout goalie play on both ends of the ice. After having its chances throughout, an opportunistic Army club took a 1-0 lead with 2:45 remaining as a shot deflected in off Reuschlein and into the goal. The rookie tallied his fourth goal of the year, while sophomores Luke Jenkins and Shane Hearn were credited with assists. Army's lead remained intact at the first intermission.
Niagara wasted little time leveling the score as Vince Muto ripped his first goal of the season past Army starter Rob Tadazak 1:50 into the second frame. The Purple Eagles continued to click on all cylinders as they scored four additional goals unanswered before Army stopped the bleeding with O'Leary's goal at 18:11. Gifted a power play after the goal, the Black Knights took full advantage and pulled within 5-3 as Joe Kozlak and Mac Lalor provided a bang-bang feed to Carlisle for his second goal of the season at 18:44. Having recaptured some momentum, Army entered the break trailing 5-3.
Physical play continued into the third, during which Niagara scored a pair of insurance goals to widen the gap to 7-3.
Army returns home on Friday, Nov. 22, to host Sacred Heart for a 7:05 p.m. conference showdown. The Black Knights defeated the Pioneers, 6-2, on Nov. 12 in Bridgeport, Conn. Fans can watch next Friday night's game live via America ONE Sports, listen to the Army call online via Knight Vision at goARMYsports.com or follow @Army_Hockey on Twitter for scoring updates.
Game Notes: Both teams started a different goalie for Saturday's second round with Rob Tadazak returning as Army's starter and Adrian Ignagni replacing Jackson Teichroeb for Niagara ...also starting for the Black Knights was top line Willie Faust, Clint Carlisle and Joe Kozlak, along with Connor Costello and Jonathan Gehrt on defense ... Col. Wiley Thompson served as the team's officer representative on the bench ... both the United States and Canadian national anthems played pregame ... former Army player Brian Cox '89 was in attendance for the game ... United States Representative for the 27th Congressional District of New York State Chris Collins was in attendance and participated in a ceremonial puck drop with both team captains.
NIAGARA 8, ARMY 3
ARMY 1-2-0 - 3
NIAGARA 0-5-3 - 8
ARMY - Reuschlein (Jenkins, Hearn), 17:15
NIAGARA - Muto, (Sarcona, Pietrobon), 1:50
NIAGARA - Albers (Dineen, Divjak), 4:01
NIAGARA - Muto (Kohls, Conderman), 4:57
NIAGARA - Ryan (Kohls), 11:11 (4-on-4)
NIAGARA - Turcotte (Rashid, Muto), 14:56
ARMY- O'Leary (Roberts, Zaremba), 18:11
ARMY - Carlisle (Kozlak, Lalor), 18:44 PP
NIAGARA - Turcotte (Divjak, Rashid), 8:14
NIAGARA - Rashid (Divjak, Turcotte), 14:13
NIAGARA - Turcotte (Kohls, Patterson), 17:38
Shots: Niagara 36 (10-17-9); Army 19 (7-6-6)
Saves: Niagara 16 (Ignagni, 60:00, 6-4-6); Army 28 (Tadazak, 60:00, 10-12-6)
Power Plays: Niagara 0-2; Army, 1-5
Penalties: Niagara, 7-14; Army, 5-10