Dec. 30, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 25 saves and Joe Kozlak scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Black Knights beat Canisius, 1-0, Sunday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
Army out-shot Canisius 36-25 and was finally rewarded with 2:09 left in overtime with Kozlak's tally in a game broadcast throughout New York on Time Warner Cable.
The Black Knights won their first overtime game since beating Mercyhurst 3-2 on Jan. 7, 2006.
Tadazak was credited with Army's first shutout since Jan. 22, 2010 when Jay Clark and the Black Knights blanked Connecticut.
Army was the more physical team all game and secured the victory three minutes into overtime. Mac Lalor moved the puck to R.J. Burns who drove to the net. Kozlak got the puck and scored his fourth goal of the season. It was the third assist for Burns and the sixth for Lalor.
Army improved to 6-8-2 overall and 6-3-2 in league games with the win while Canisius fell to 6-8-4 overall and 5-4-3 in league games.
Kozlak broke his stick and elected to stay on the ice when he got a new stick from Director of Hockey Operations Tom Doran. He responded with his second game-winning goal this season.
Tadazak made Kozlak's game-winning tally possible. He made 10 saves in the third period and five in overtime for his second win this season.
Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco made 35 saves.
The Black Knights came out strong in the first period, out-shooting the Golden Griffins 12-7 in a scoreless first period.
Army's Zak Zaremba, who scored the Black Knights' goal on Saturday, had one of the better chances when he forced a turnover at center ice and then got a shot off with a defender on him.
The Black Knights continued to control the action in the second period and Burns got off a pair of shots.
Each team then had a power play opportunity but both goalies kept the game scoreless.
Army had two more power play chances later in the second period on tripping and cross-checking whistles. Josh Richards had a shot in traffic and Maurice Alvarez fired wide but there was still no score after 40 minutes.
The Black Knights limited Canisius to just three shots on goal and held a 23-10 advantage in that statistic after two periods.
The scoreless tie continued even as both teams had a power play chance. Army was called for high sticking and Cansius for hooking.
The Black Knights, who were whistled for 10 penalties on Saturday, were the more disciplined team on Sunday and benefitted from two more power play chances but could not solve Capobianco.
Army out-shot Canisius 11-10 in the final period but an extra session was needed.
In overtime, Army's third of the season, Canisius had the best scoring opportunity but Tadazak made a huge glove save at the 3:54 mark of as point-blank shot.
That's save led to Kozlak's heroics.
Army will return home to Tate Rink Jan. 4-5 against Robert Morris. Friday's game will be televised live by CBS College Sports Network and will face-off at 7:35 p.m. Saturday's contest is the annual House of Blues, a prostate cancer awareness evening at 7:05 p.m. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
GAME NOTES: Army's starting lineup consisted of Willie Faust, R.J. Burns, Joe Kozlak, Jonathan Gehrt and Mac Lalor with Rob Tadazak in goal ... It marked the 18th start of his career ... Major Derek Burt of the Math Department served as the Officer Representative ... Army and the New York Jets shared the same hotel. Army had to wait for the Jets to depart for their game against the Bills to find suitable room in the hotel to stretch ... Senior Cody Ikkala made his first appearance of the season and was paired with Luke Jenkins on defense.
ARMY 1, CANISIUS 0 (OT)
ARMY - Kozlak (Burns, Lalor), 2:51
Shots: Army 36 (12-11-11-2); Canisius 25 (7-3-10-5)
Saves: Army 25 (Tadazak, 62:51, 7-3-10-5); Canisius 35 (Capobianco, 62:51, 12-11-11-1)
Power Plays: Army, 0-7; Canisius, 0-2.
Penalties: Army, 2-4; Canisius, 7-14