Feb. 6, 2014
Army vs. AIC Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army and American International are set to play an Atlantic Hockey Association home-and-home series, Feb. 7 and 8. The teams already met once this year in a 4-3 overtime Army win on Nov. 26, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. The Yellow Jackets have rebounded to win four games since that date and are coming off a 5-3 home victory over Canisius last Saturday night. The Black Knights went 0-2 at Robert Morris last weekend, including a 6-4 loss on Saturday night in which they rallied back from a 3-0 deficit and scored twice in each of the final two periods. AIC enters the weekend in 10th position in the current AHA standings, while Army sits in 12th.
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After enjoying a seven-game homestand stretching December and into the first two weeks of the New Year, Army finally ends its longest road stretch of the year - six games - on Friday at AIC. The Black Knights host the Yellow Jackets Saturday night in their first game at Tate Rink since Jan. 11.
ARMY VS. AIC REWIND: BLACK KNIGHTS ESCAPE WITH 4-3 OVERTIME VICTORY
Nov. 26, 2013 | Olympia Ice Center
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore forward Willie Faust scored his first career game-winning goal just 1:08 into Army's first overtime test of the season, providing the Black Knights with a 4-3 Atlantic Hockey Association road victory at American International on Tuesday night at Olympia Ice Center.
Army took an early lead, scored once in each period and held the advantage much of the way. Showing no quit, however, the Yellow Jackets used a short-handed goal scored with less than two minutes to play to force extra time in Springfield, Mass.
While Faust provided heroics with his third goal of the year, junior right winger Zak Zaremba, senior captain Brian Schultz and rookie right wing C.J. Reuschlein each scored goals for the Black Knights. Army had the upper hand much of the night and held a 40-24 advantage in shots.
Alexander MacMillan scored twice for AIC, which dropped to 3-5-0 overall and 3-2-0 in AHA play.
Army junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made 21 saves on the night, while AIC starter Ty Reichenbach made 36 stops.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army heads into this weekend's contest looking to snap a nine-game losing skid. During that time, the Black Knights picked up a 5-2 exhibition win at Canadian rival Royal Military College on Jan. 25. One of Army's victories this season came at AIC on Nov. 26, while it has also collected wins over Canisius and Sacred Heart. The Black Knights have outshot their opponents in four of the last eight games, but have been unable to translate that effort into goals.
Freshmen forwards C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle lead the team with 12 points each. Reuschlein's eight goals leads the team and is tied for the most goals among AHA freshmen, while Carlisle is coming off his second career muliple-point game (G, A) at Robert Morris last Saturday. Sophomore forward Joe Kozlak's 11 points are third on the team. The Duluth, Minn., native has registered multiple points in three of the last five games and is tied with Carlisle with a team-best three power play goals. Sophomore forward Shane Hearn rounds out Army's double-digit point scorers with 10 (4G, 6A).
Junior Rob Tadazak has started all but five games this season in goal. He owns a 4.28 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage. Freshman Tanner Creel has started three of the last six games and is allowing 4.57 goals per game and has an .833 save percentage. Rookie Parker Gahagen (4.67 GAA, .883 SV%) has appeared in six games and made two starts. The Buffalo, N.Y., native played the lion's share of minutes at Robert Morris last weekend and finished with a combined 67 saves over two games.
LAST TIME OUT: LATE ROBERT MORRIS GOALS CRUSH ARMY COMEBACK BID
Feb. 1, 2014 | 84 Lumber Arena
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Robert Morris scored a pair of goals over the final 2:01 to break a 4-4 tie and escape with a 6-4 victory over Army in the second game of an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series at 84 Lumber Arena. The Black Knights came storming back from a 3-0 first-period deficit with two goals in each of the final two frames but could not hold off the Colonials, whose final goal came on an empty net, in the final minutes.
Army sophomore forward Joe Kozlak and freshman Clint Carlisle each tallied a goal and an assist on the night, while senior Brian Schultz and junior Josh Richards also scored goals for the Black Knights. Freshman goaltender Parker Gahagen played the final 44 minutes and finished with 36 saves. Twenty-one of Gahagen's saves came during an impressive third-period effort.
Robert Morris held a 42-37 advantage in shots on goal and won 40-of-75 face-offs. Five different Colonials found the back of the net.
Army went 1-of-3 on the power play, while Robert Morris was 1-of-5.
ABOUT THE YELLOW JACKETS
American International heads into this weekend's series looking to carry momentum over from a 5-3 home win over Canisius last Saturday night at Olympia Ice Center. Freshman forward Dan Clairmont scored twice in the win, while classmate Hunter Leisner made 31 saves in goal and got the win.
Clairmont now has three goals on the season. Rookie forward David Norris tops the team and leads all AHA freshmen with 23 points on three goals and 20 assists. Jon Puskar and Alexander MacMillan lead the Yellow Jackets with 11 goals apiece.
Leisner has made 16 starts and owns a 3.57 goals-against average to go with a .904 save percentage. Ty Reichenbach and Ryan Kerpan have each appeared in six games.
AIC ranks ninth in the AHA for scoring offense (1.96 goals per game) and 11th in scoring defense (4.31 goals per game). The Yellow Jackets' power play and penalty kill units land seventh (20 percent) and eighth (77.3 percent) in the conference, respectively.
GOING FOR GOLD
As the 2014 Sochie Olympics get underway this weekend in Russia, Army fans will be reminicent of the 1960 Squaw Valley games when former head coach Jack Riley mentored Team USA to the gold medal. Riley coached at West Point from 1951-86 and is the father of current Army head coach Brian Riley. Additionally, Larry Palmer, West Point Class of 1959, was a back-up goaltender for Team USA in 1960. Palmer is Army's only hockey Olympian.
The rest of the West Point Class of 2014 participated in "Post Night" on Thursday, Jan. 30. The event reveals where Firsties will land as their first post. Since the hockey team was en route to Robert Morris that evening, senior captain Brian Schultz learned of his post on the road. A nuclear engineering major who branched Infantry, Schultz posted Germany.
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.
The 2014 Atlantic Hockey Tournament will feature the same format as last year. The top four teams receive a bye into the quarterfinals with seeds 5-8 hosting seeds 9-12 in a best two-out-of-three first round series starting Friday, March 7. The first round winners will then be re-seeded and travel to the top four seeds for a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series, which will begin Friday, March 14.
The four winners will then travel to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. with the highest remaining seed facing the lowest remaining seed in the first semifinal, with the other two remaining seeds facing off in the second semifinal on Friday, March 21.
The two semifinal winners will then face-off in the championship game on Saturday, March 22, with the NCAA Tournament automatic berth on the line.
Army will play an AHA home-and-home series against Bentley, currently ranked second in the league standings, Feb. 14 and 15. The Black Knights host the Falcons next Friday and travel to Waltham, Mass., for a Saturday night showdown. Friday night's game will be Bring Your Date To Tate in honor of Valentine's Day.
Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. and are available to watch online at americaone.com (subscription fees apply). Friday night's game will air live on Time Warner Cable in the Hudson Valley. In addition, the Army Sports Network call of Friday's game can be heard online via Knight Vision through goARMYsports.com (subcription fees apply).
Scoring updates will be available both nights on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey, as well as access to live statistics by visiting the hockey schedule page of goARMYsports.com.