Jan. 23, 2014
Army at RMC Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army heads north of the border to take on Canadian brethren Royal Military College for an exhibition contest this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:35 p.m. The game will air live online through Knight Vision (www.goARMYsports.com) and on the radio via 1340-AM WALL, 1380-AM WEOK (Hudson Valley), 92.5 WBLH-FM (Watertown, N.Y. - Fort Drum). The Black Knights hold a 41-29-7 lead in their all-time series with RMC and have won each of the last two meetings at West Point. The last time the teams squared off in Kingston, Ont., it resulted in a 3-3 overtime tie on Feb. 11, 2006.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Radio 1340-AM WALL, 1380-AM WEOK (Hudson Valley), 92.5 WBLH-FM (Watertown, N.Y. - Fort Drum)
Video Webcast USTREAM.tv (free)
Audio Webcast Knight Vision goARMYsports.com (subscription fees apply)
Twitter Updates @Army_Hockey
Live Statistics None
HERE'S TO HISTORY
The annual matchup between Army and its Canadian adversary was contested for 75 consecutive years until taking a brief hiatus following the 2005-06 meeting. It resumed in 2010-11 when Army posted a 9-1 victory. The last two games have been played at West Point's Tate Rink, while this year's installment will take place at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario, marking Army's first visit to RMC since a 3-3 tie on Feb. 11, 2006.
Army and RMC first met in 1923 when then Brig. General Douglas MacArthur wrote a letter as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy to Maj. Gen. Sir Archibald MacDonnell, commandant of the RMC, to suggest they compete. Letters and ideas were exchanged before the first game was played at West Point on Jan. 23, 1923. The rivalry continued for 75 years and has returned. Army leads the all-time series 41-29-7 and has won each of the last two contests.
BE THOU AT PEACE
Two hockey pioneers helped to cultivate the Army-RMC series and those gentlemen were former head coaches Jack Riley of Army and Major (Ret.) Danny McLeod of RMC. The Paladins and hockey community mourned the death of Maj. McLeod on Jan. 14, 2014. He died in Kingston, Ont., at the age of 92. A founding member of Canadian Interuniversity Sports, the governing body for university sports in Canada, McLeod became RMC's first director of athletics in 1960.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After enjoying a seven-game homestand stretching December and into the first two weeks of the New Year, Army is two games into its longest road stretch, a six-game swing from Jan. 17 through a Feb. 7 conference clash at American International. The Black Knights' next home contest will close out the AIC home-and-home series on Saturday, Feb. 8.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Despite suffering a pair of league losses last weekend at RIT, the Black Knights outshot the Tigers in both games - 35-34 on Friday night and 40-34 in Saturday's tilt. Army has outshot four of its last six opponents (Mercyhurst twice and RIT twice) and held a combined 137-114 advantage in those four contests.
LAST TIME OUT: RIT HOLDS OFF ARMY RALLY IN 4-3 DECISION
Jan. 18, 2014 | Frank Ritter Arena
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - RIT scored the first three goals of the game, but the Black Knights came storming back on the wings of sophomore forward Joe Kozlak and rookie line mate C.J. Reuschlein, who each tallied one goal and an assist in the second period, but the comeback fell just short in a 4-3 setback in the second game of an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series at Frank Ritter Arena.
Along with Kozlak and Reuschlein, freshman center Clint Carlisle scored his fifth goal of the season in the third. Also picking up points with single assists were Josh Roberts, Maurice Alvarez, Josh Richards and Luke Jenkins. Army (3-18-0, 3-14-0 AHA) out-shot the Tigers, 40-34, but dropped its seventh-straight contest.
Making his second career start, freshman goaltender Tanner Creel made 30 stops in just his second collegiate appearance.
RIT (8-11-3, 7-7-1 AHA) senior Ben Lynch scored the Tigers' first two goals, while Dan Schuler and Mike Colavecchia also netted goals. Junior goaltender Jordan Ruby made 37 saves on RIT's behalf. The home team scored the lone power play goal of the season, as the Black Knights went 0-for-2 when given an extra-man chance.
Sophomore center Shane Hearn took a penalty shot 30 seconds into the contest, but could not convert on the chance.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army opened a six-game road swing with a pair of AHA losses at RIT last weekend at Frank Ritter Arena. After dropping the first game 6-0, the Black Knights rebounded for a much closer 4-3 setback Saturday night. Army outshot the Tigers in both games and both teams were unsuccessful on penalty shots. The Black Knights have outshot their opponents in four of the last six games, but have lost seven-straight contests.
Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein leads the team with 11 points on eight goals and three assists. Coming off his first multiple-point game (1G, 1A) at RIT, his eight goals lead all AHA freshmen. Classmate Clint Carlisle is second on the team with five goals and five assists for 10 points. Carlisle leads the team with three power play goals and has scored a goal in three of the last five games. The pair has made up two-thirds of Army's top line for much of the season. Linemate Joe Kozlak is coming off his fifth multiple-point game with a goal and an assist in last Saturday's loss at RIT. He is tied with sophomore classmate Shane Hearn with nine points on the year.
In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but three games this season. He owns a 4.28 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage. Freshman Tanner Creel has started two of the last five games and is allowing 3.50 goals per game and has an .870 save percentage. Creel turned away a career-high 30 shots at RIT last Saturday night. Rookie Parker Gahagen (5.27 GAA, .865 SV%) has appeared in three games and made one start.
THE LAST MEETING: ARMY VS. RMC
Jan. 26, 2013 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Thane Heller scored twice and Ryan Leets turned away 12 shots as Army posted a 4-1 victory over the Royal Military College, Saturday in an exhibition game at a sold-out Tate Rink.
A crowd of 2,629 was on hand for one of the top international rivalries in all of sports, the 77th meeting between Army and its Canadian brethren.
Heller helped Army to a 2-0 lead and then Leets did the rest much to the delight of the fifth sell-out crowd of the season at Tate Rink.
Maurice Alvarez and Jonathan Gehrt also scored for Army and had assists. Shane Hearn, Josh Richards, Luke Jenkins, Andy Starczewski and Mac Lalor all picked up assists for the Black Knights.
Leets made nine stops in the first two periods and then stopped four shots in the final period to secure the victory.
ABOUT THE PALADINS
RMC enters this weekend's contest with a 1-20-0 record and plays out of the Ontario University Athletics league. Forward Chris Smerek leads the team with 14 points on three goals and 11 assists. Forwards Eric Louis-Seize and Scott Domenico have tallied 12 and 10 points on the year, respectively. Domenico's eight goals lead the team.
RMC has utilized two goaltenders this season. Paul Dorsey has played in 13 games and owns a 4.99 goals-against average. Sporting an .892 save percentage, Dorsey is 0-13 on the year. Evan Deviller recorded the team's only win in goal. He has played in 10 games and owns a 6.05 GAA and an .874 save percentage.
The Paladins are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Adam Shell. Prior to RMC, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater, McGill University, where he played from 1999-2003.
The 2014 nominees for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award were announced on Jan. 16, and included among them is Army senior Mike Santee. One of college hockey's most prestigious awards, the HHA is presented during the Frozen Four.
After suffering multiple concussions in his first two years at the Academy, Santee can no longer play the sport that he loves. Rather than departing the Academy, he chose to stay, complete his 47-month journey and assist the hockey team in any way that he can. Chief among those items is serving as serving as the team's community service liaison for nearly all team involvement. This includes, but is not limited to, Neighborhood Knights, Team IMPACT and Toys for Tots. For a complete list of nominees, please visit www.hockeyhumanitarian.org.
Army has had two plays named among 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.
Two of Army's four non-league opponents this season are ranked in the top 10 of both national polls. The Black Knights lost at perennial powerhouse Boston College, which was ranked eighth in both polls at the time of the Nov. 10 game and currently stands second in both polls. The Black Knights later welcomed then-No. 5/5 Providence to Tate Rink on Dec. 20 in their final game of 2013. The Friars currently come in at No. 7 in both polls.
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's six-game road swing continues next weekend with an Atlantic Hockey Association series at Robert Morris, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, in Moon Township, Pa.
Fans can listen live to the Army call on Knight Vision (goARMYsports.com) 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, as well as access to live statistics by visiting the hockey schedule page of goARMYsports.com.