Feb. 20, 2014
Army vs. UConn Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, Atlantic Hockey Association teams are down to crunch time jockeying for playoff positioning. Army heads into this weekend's series against Bentley looking to snap a 13-game losing skid and is fresh off a tough 5-4 overtime loss at second-place Bentley last Saturday. Connecticut has won three of its last five games and is tied with Air Force for third place in the AHA standings. The teams will clash in Storrs, Conn., Friday night before closing out the regular-season series on Saturday night at Tate Rink. Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start times and can be watched online at www.americaone.com.
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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.
LAST TIME OUT: Bentley Holds Off Army In 5-4 OT Win
Feb. 15, 2014 | Ryan Arena
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Second-place Bentley withstood a furious Army comeback to collect a 5-4 overtime win in the second game of an Atlantic Hockey Association home-and-home series Saturday night at Ryan Arena. The Black Knights erased a 4-1 deficit in the final 7:45 of regulation, but gave up the game-winning goal 2:18 into overtime to fall on the road.
Making his fifth collegiate start, rookie Parker Gahagen made 35 saves for the Black Knights. Sophomore forward Joe Kozlak netted a career-high two goals, while rookies C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle accounted for Army's other two sores. Carlisle's game-tying tally came with 56 seconds remaining in regulation and forced the overtime period.
Reuschlein and Carlisle each added a pair of assists as both tallied a career-high three points. With two assists on the night, junior defenseman Maurice Alvarez rounded out a group of four multiple-point scorers for Army (3-24-0, 3-20-0 AHA).
The Black Knights scored on three of four power play chances and won 32 of 63 face-offs. Bentley (16-10-4, 14-5-4 AHA) held a 40-32 advantage in shots and got 28 saves from starting goaltender Brendan Komm.
REUSCHLEIN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein led Army with four points on two goals and as many assists over two games last week, and in doing so secured Atlantic Hockey Associaiton Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week honors on Tuesday. Reuschlein authored a career-best three-point performance in last Saturday night's 5-4 overtime setback at second-place Bentley. He got the Black Knights on the board in both games opposite the Falcons last week and assisted on Army's final two goals Saturday night to help send the game into overtime.
A native of Flint, Mich., Reuschlein has played in all but one game and is the first Army player to pick up AHA weekly honors this season. He leads the Black Knights with 17 points on 10 goals and seven assists this season. His 10 goals tie three others in the league for the most goals by an AHA rookie in 2013-14.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army heads into this weekend's contests fresh off one of its best scoring outputs of the season. Two of the team's last three games have required overtime, including a pair of 5-4 setbacks against AIC (Feb. 8) and Bentley (Feb. 15). The Black Knights have dropped 13-straight contests, a span that has included eight one or two-goal decisions. During that time, the Black Knights picked up a 5-2 exhibition win at Canadian rival Royal Military College on Jan. 25. Army's victories have come against Sacred Heart, AIC and most recently Canisius.
Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein leads the team with 17 points on 10 goals and seven assists. Classmate Clint Carlisle, along with sophomore Joe Kozlak, each bring 16 points to the table. All three players are coming off multiple-point games in last Saturday's overtime loss at Bentley. Sophomore forward Shane Hearn and junior forward Zak Zaremba follow with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Junior Rob Tadazak has not played since late January due to injury, leaving goaltending duties up to rookies Parker Gahagen and Tanner Creel. Both started a game during last weekend's Bentley series. Gahagen has made five starts, owns an .885 save percentage and a 4.37 goals-against average. Creel has made four starts this year and has a .833 save percentage and a 5.06 GAA.
ARMY VS. UCONN: THE LAST MEETING
Nov. 1, 2013 | Freitas Ice Forum
STORRS, Conn. - Rookie forward C.J. Reuschlein scored a goal for the second game in a row, while sophomore forward Andrew O'Leary netted his first of the season as Army suffered a 4-2 loss at Connecticut on Friday night at the Huskies' Freitas Ice Forum. The game marked the Atlantic Hockey Association opener for both teams.
Playing its third road game of the season, Army (0-3-0, 0-1-0 AHA) fell into an early hole and watched UConn (1-2-1, 1-0-1) hold on for its first win of the year.
The Black Knights surrendered two goals in a 16-second span during a tough first period for the road team. Army retaliated, however, registering two scores of its own in the second and out-shooting the Huskies 21-15 over the final two periods. Clinging to a 3-2 lead midway through the third, UConn scored the all-important insurance goal at the 8:40 mark and held off the Black Knights the rest of the way.
Army went 0-for-5 on the power play, while killing two of the Huskies' three chances. Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak played all but the final minute and made 27 saves. UConn starting net-minder Matt Grogan made 24 saves in the victory.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
UConn (16-10-4, 13-7-3 AHA) enters this weekend's series sitting in a tie with Air Force for third place in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. The Huskies are coming off a split with Holy Cross last weekend, rebounding from a 3-1 home loss on Friday night with a 5-0 road win on Saturday.
UConn brings the top scoring defense in the league to this weekend's games, holding opponents to 2.33 goals per game. The Huskies are scoring 2.60 goals per game to rank tied for eighth in the AHA. Anchoring the defense, senior goaltender Matt Grogan owns a .926 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average. Both marks rank fourth among the league's top goalies. Grogan made 89 saves combined in last weekend's series against Holy Cross and picked up AHA Goaltender of the Week honors on Tuesday.
Offensively, senior forward Billy Latta leads the team with 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists. Classmates Jordan Sims and Brant Harris are second and third on the team in scoring with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Head coach Mike Cavanaugh is in his first season at UConn. A veteran in the profession, Cavanaugh spent 18 seasons on Boston College's coaching staff and helped lead the Eagles to four national championships.
GOING FOR GOLD
As the 2014 Sochi Olympics are in full swing over 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.
Two of Army's last three games have required overtime and both have resulted in one-goal losses. The Black Knights have played in three OT games this season and are 1-2 in those contests. In addition, Army has played in 14 games decided by two goals or less. The Black Knights are 1-5-0 in one-goal games and 1-6-0 in games decided by two goals.
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, but has owned the No. 1 spot in the nation in both polls for the last two weeks. 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. 12 in the national polls.
KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS
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Army closes out the regular season with a an AHA home-and-home series against Holy Cross, currently tied with AIC for eighth place in the league standings, Feb. 28 and March 1. The Black Knights visit the Crusaders next Friday night before welcoming them to Tate Rink for a Saturday night showdown.
Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. and are available to watch online at americaone.com (subscription fees apply). The Army Sports Network, which is carried on WALL 1340-AM and WEOK 1490-AM in the Hudson Valley, along with 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y., will also carry both games live to radio listeners.
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.