Third Period Powers Canisius Past Army

Dec. 6, 2013

Final Stats

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Canisius scored five third-period goals to turn a 3-2 game after two into a lopsided 8-2 victory over Army in the first meeting of an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series on Friday night at Tate Rink.

Each team netted two goals in the opening 20 minutes, but the Golden Griffins tallied six unanswered goals from there to improve to 5-7-1 overall and 4-3-1 in AHA play.

Army rookie forward C.J. Reuschlein, who currently leads all league freshmen in goals scored, registered his team-best sixth goal of the year to open the scoring. Sophomore defenseman Christian Pomarico accounted for the second Army (2-11-0, 2-8-0 AHA) 13 minutes into the first period.  

Kyle Gibbons scored twice for Canisius, while six other players tallied single goals in the victory. Tony Capobianco went the distance for the Golden Griffins and made 19 saves. Army starting goalie Rob Tadazak made 22 saves before being relieved in the third period. Rookie Parker Gahagen made five stops in the third period.

Canisius outshot Army 35-21. The teams combined for nine power play chances, but neither scored a goal.

Army drew first blood when Reuschlein broke away and scored at the 3:36 mark. The Flint, Mich., native ripped the puck into the top corner to give the Black Knights an early 1-0 lead.  Just over a minute later, Gibbons got Canisius on the board at 4:43 with his seventh goal of the year.

Later in the first, the Golden Griffins took a brief 2-1 lead on Chris Rumble's goal at 12:36, but it lasted just 21 seconds as the Black Knights netted the equalizer at 12:57. The recipient of textbook assists from Clint Carlisle and rookie Ryan Nick, Pomarico stood on the doorstep and popped the puck past Capobianco for his first goal of the season. The 2-2 score stood at the break.

Canisius retook the lead 8:19 into the second period when Braeden Rigney scored to make it 3-2 in the visitors' favor. While the 3-2 score remained at the end of the period, a late Canisius penalty put the Black Knights on the power play for the opening 1:37 of the third period.

Army could not take advantage, however, as the Golden Griffins heated up and scored five third-period goals to put the game out of the Black Knights' reach.

Army and Canisius close out the weekend series tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.  Fans can also watch the game via America One Sports (subscription fees apply) or listen to the Army call through Knight Vision (subscription fees apply) on Those fans in the Hudson Valley can listen to the game on 1340-AM WALL and 1380-AM WEOK. GameTracker (live statistics) can be found on the hockey schedule page of and updates will be available on Twitter at @Army_Hockey.

Game Notes: The Army-Canisius series is now tied, 20-20-4 ... Army starters included Willie Faust, Shane Hearn, Zak Zaremba, Connor Costello, Mac Lalor and Rob Tadazak ... Ryan Nick scored his first collegiate point on a first-period assist ... rookie goaltender Parker Gahagen made his fourth appearance of the season in the third period ... Army wore its gold sweaters ... 1,704 spectators took in the game, a crowd that consisted of a large cadet presence.

CANISIUS       2-1-5 - 8
ARMY             2-0-0 - 2

First Period:
ARMY - Reuschlein, 3:36
CANISIUS - Gibbons (Freeman, Cuddemi), 4:43
CANISIUS - Rumble (Sullivan, Grazen), 12:36
ARMY - Pomarico (Carlisle, Nick), 12:57

Second Period:
CANISIUS - Rigney (Sullivan, Danford), 8:19

Third Period:
CANISIUS - Gibbons (Freeman, Rumble), 0:47
CANISIUS - Wiseman, 3:11 SH
CANISIUS - Conacher (Miller, Grazen), 6:49
CANISIUS - Cuddemi (Freeman, Gibbons), 8:25
CANISIUS - Sullivan (Bohrer), 15:09 SH

Shots: Canisius 25 (13-8-14); Army 21 (7-10-4)
Canisius 19 (Capobianco, 60:00, 5-10-4); Army 27 (Tadazak, 46:49, 11-7-4; Gahagen, 13:11, 0-0-5)
Power Plays:
Canisius, 0-3; Army, 0-6
Canisius, 6-12; Army, 4-8

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