Jan. 15, 2014
Army at RIT Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army opens a six-game road swing with an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series at RIT this Friday and Saturday in Rochester, N.Y. Both teams enter the series looking to snap significant losing skids, as the Black Knights have lost their last five games and the Tigers have not won in their last four outings. Neither team has registered a victory since the New Year.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Television • Time Warner Cable SportsChannel • Channel 461 (Hudson Valley)
Gene Battaglia (play-by-play) • John DiTullio (color analyst)
Radio • 1340-AM WALL, 1380-AM WEOK (Hudson Valley), 92.5 WBLH-FM (Watertown, N.Y. - Fort Drum)
Video Webcast • America One Sports • americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply)
Audio Webcast • Knight Vision • goARMYsports.com (subscription fees apply)
Twitter Updates • @Army_Hockey
Live Statistics • ritathletics.com
I LOVE NEW YORK
Both of this weekend's games at RIT will be broadcast live throughout New York State on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Those fans located in the Hudson Valley can find the game on channel 461. This marks the second-straight weekend the Black Knights have appeared on the regional network, as TWC SportsChannel carried last Saturday's rivalry clash with Air Force at Tate Rink.
HIT THE ROAD, JACK
After enjoying a seven-game homestand stretching December and into the first two weeks of the New Year, Army heads out on its longest road stretch of the year beginning this weekend at RIT. The Black Knights will also visit Royal Military College on Jan. 25, Robert Morris Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and close out the swing with a Feb. 7 tilt at AIC.
LAST TIME OUT: AIR FORCE RALLIES PAST ARMY
Jan. 11, 2014 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Air Force erased a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals to score a 4-2 road victory over service-academy rival Army at West Point's sold-out Tate Rink Saturday night. Playing in their first Army-Air Force series, rookies C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle scored for the Black Knights, while sophomore linemate Joe Kozlak assisted on both tallies.
Thanks in large part to 16 saves on behalf of starting goaltender Rob Tadazak, who finished with 26 stops on the night, Army held a 1-0 lead after the opening period. Reuschlein accounted for the session's lone goal, while Carlisle scored short-handed 49 seconds into the second to give the Black Knights a 2-0 lead. Air Force then dug in, netting four unanswered goals, including an empty netter with 1:11 remaining, to steal the victory.
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE, PLEASE
Last weekend's series against service academy rival Air Force officially sold out (2,624 spectators)Tate Rink both nights. Through 10 home games thus far, the Black Knights are averaging just under 2,000 fans per contest. Army has played in front of much larger crowds as well, with season-highs of 6,370 for the inaugural game at Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena and later 5,492 fans at Boston College's Conte Ice Forum.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army closed out a seven-game homestand last weekend with back-to-back setbacks against Air Force. The Black Knights, however, have held their opponents to four goals or less in each of the last six outings. All three of Army's wins have come during conference play, as it heads into this weekend's series in search of much-needed points.
Three players are tied for the team's points lead, including star rookies C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle. Two-thirds of Army's top line, both scored goals last Saturday opposite Air Force and have accounted for 11 goals and seven assists this season. Reuschlein's nine goals lead the team and top all AHA freshmen goal-scorers, while Carlisle owns thre power play goals and the team's lone short-handed goal on the year. Linemate Joe Kozlak is coming off a career-high two assists last Saturday and has tallied seven points this season. Also tied atop Army's scoring leaderse, sophomore Shane Hearn owns four goals and five helpers in 18 games.
Coming off a power play goal in last Friday's 3-1 setback to Air Force, sophomore Willie Faust achors the second line and is the team's fourth-leading scorer with eight points on four goals and as many assists.
In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but two games this season. He owns a 4.17 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage. Rookie Parker Gahagen (5.27 GAA, .865 SV%) has appeared in three games and made one start, while classmate Tanner Creel started in his collegiate debut opposite Mercyhurst on Jan. 4. Creel played 44 minutes and turned away ten shots.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Predicted to finish fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association preseason poll, RIT (6-11-3, 5-7-1 AHA) sits alone in eighth place with 11 points on the year. The Tigers enter this weekend's games looking to snap a four game losing skid and have gone 0-4-1 in their last five outings.
Senior forward Mike Colavecchia leads the team and ranks 12th in the AHA in scoring (7-13-21). Sophomore forward Dan Schuler also has seven goals this season, followed by rookie forward Todd Skirving and senior defenseman Greg Noyes with five and four, respectively.
The Tigers are tied for fifth in the AHA in scoring (2.70 goals per game) and rank ninth in scoring defense (3.50).
RIT has utilized two goaltenders this season. Junior Jordan Ruby has started 11 games and owns a .887 save percentage and a 3.81 goals-against average. Freshman Mark Rotolo has made nine starts and carries a 2.79 GAA and a .907 SV%.
Army has had two plays be named amongst the NCAA Top 5 Plays of the Week this season and both have involved rookie center Clint Carlisle. Most recently, his short-handed goal against Air Force on Jan. 11 earned the No. 2 spot in the weekly rankings. Earlier this season, Carlisle hit sophomore defenseman Christian Pomarico with a no-look pass to the doorstep as Pomarico scored the equalizer in the opening period against visiting Canisius on Dec. 6. The effort earned the Black Knights the NCAA's third-best Play of the Week.
KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Do you keep tabs on everything Army hockey? If not, be sure to follow the team on Twitter @Army_Hockey and like Army Hockey at West Point on Facebook for exclusive content and up-to-date news. Fans are also highly encouraged to check out Knight Vision for free hockey video features and more at www.goARMYsports.com.
Army heads out of the country to renews its series with Royal Military College next weekend. A rivalry that runs deep and dates back to 1923, the Black Knights defeated their Canadian brethren 4-1 last season at Tate Rink. This year's contest will take place at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont., next Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Fans can listen live to the Army call on Knight Vision for a nominal subscription fee. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the game will be aired live on 1340 WALL-AM and 1380 WEOK-AM as well as 92.5 WBLH-FM in Watertown, N.Y.
Scoring updates will be available throughout the night on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.
America ONE will again provide video and audio where available of every Atlantic Hockey Association game.
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