Dec. 7, 2013
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak turned in his first shutout of the season and sophomore Shane Hearn matched a career-high two goals as the Army hockey team blanked Canisius, 2-0, in the second meeting of an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series on Friday night. The teams played in front of more than 2,000 spectators, along with a television audience across New York State on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Army (3-11-0, 3-8-0 AHA) counterpunched after Canisius (5-8-1, 4-4-1) picked up an 8-2 victory on Friday night at Tate Rink.
“Tonight was a tremendous all-around effort for this team,” said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley following the victory. “They’ve worked so hard, and to bounce back from last night’s loss with a performance like this is outstanding. It started with Taz (Tadazak) in goal and moved all the way to Shane Hearn, who has been playing some great hockey for us this season. Both came up big tonight, but it was ultimately a team win against a very good Canisius team.”
Hearn scored once in the second period and later put the exclamation point on the victory with an empty-netter with 57.5 seconds remaining in the game. Tadazak went the distance, while recording 15 saves and his third career clean sheet.
The Black Knights outshot the Golden Griffins, 31-15, on the night. While the teams combined for eight power plays, neither team scored on an extra-man opportunity.
Canisius goaltender Keegan Asmundson, who entered the weekend leading the league in save percentage and goals-against average, made 29 saves.
Despite combining for 12 shots on goal and two power plays in the opening period, neither team found the back of the net and entered the locker room deadlocked at 0-0.
Scoreless play continued into the second period before Hearn broke the silence at the 11:53 mark with his third goal of the season. Hearn’s fancy puck work paid off as he went top shelf to beat Asmundson and give the Black Knights a 1-0 lead. Senior captain Brian Schultz and sophomore defenseman Ryan Nick each earned an assist on the play. A late Army penalty put Canisius on the power play for the opening 1:58 of the third frame, but the 1-0 score stood at intermission.
Canisius could not cash in on the opportunity to start the third, while Army continued to pressure the Golden Griffins on both ends of the ice. Tadazak made three saves in the third period and Hearn’s empty-net goal put the game away to give Army its first home win of the season. Sophomore Willie Faust picked up the assist on Hearn’s second tally.
The Black Knights for Term-End Exams (TEES) and return to the ice on Friday, Dec. 20, to face the Hockey East’s Providence. The Friars are currently ranked No. 4 in both national polls. Fans can watch the game online via America ONE Sports or listen to the Army call on Knight Vision. Subscription fees apply for both online offerings. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the game will be aired live on 1340-AM WALL and 1380-AM WEOK. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.
Game Notes: Army reclaimed a lead in the all-time series, 21-20-4 … Army starters included Brian Schultz, Shane Hearn, Willie Faust, Christian Pomarico, Luke Jenkins and Rob Tadazak … the Black Knights donned their white sweaters … 2,109 spectators took in the contest … fans in attendance gave a standing ovation during a second-period break as the Army hockey family welcomed the Kennedy family to Tate Rink … Tom Kennedy was a former Army hockey player and officer representative who was killed in action in August 2012.
ARMY 2, CANISIUS 0
CANISIUS 0-0-0 – 0
ARMY 0-1-1 – 2
ARMY – Hearn (Schultz, Nick), 11:53
ARMY – Hearn (Faust), 19:02
Shots: Army 31 (7-13-11); Canisius 15 (5-7-3)
Saves: Canisius 29 (Asmundson, 58:49, 7-12-10; empty net, 1:11); Army 15 (Tadazak, 60:00, 5-7-3)
Power Plays: Army, 0-5; Canisius, 0-3
Penalties: Army, 3-6; Canisius, 5-10