March 4, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After turning in a pair of stellar performances in the final weekend of the regular season, freshman goaltender Parker Gahagen grabbed Atlantic Hockey Association Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week honors on Tuesday morning. The Buffalo, N.Y., recorded a career-high 45 saves in his second career victory at Holy Cross last Friday night.
Gahagen's 45 saves were the most by an Army player since Ryan Leets '13 made 47 stops at Canisius on Dec. 29, 2012. Thirty-seven of Gahagen's 45 stops came over the final two periods to help secure the win. He went on to make 31 saves in a 2-0 setback to the Crusaders on Saturday night at a sold-out Tate Rink.
Gahagen owns a .906 save percentage and a 3.61 goals-against average on the year. He has appeared in 13 games with nine starts.
Gahagen is the second Army player to earn AHA Rookie of the Week laurels this season, joining freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein who garnered the award on Feb. 18.
Army travels to fifth-seeded Robert Morris for a best-of-three series to open the 2014 Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs this weekend. Game one is set for Friday, March 7, with games two and three (if necessary) slated for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Puck-drop for all games is 7:05 p.m. at 84 Lumber Arena.
Adult tickets are $12 while tickets for seniors, military personnel, and youths (5-18 years old) are $5. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Robert Morris ticket office, mentioning Army, at (412) 397-4949 or visiting the ticket department's webpage here.
Fans unable to make the trip to Pittsburgh can catch the games live online via www.americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply). Live statistics can be found on the hockey schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com, and scoring updates will be available through the team's official Twitter handle @Army_Hockey.
Fans living in the Hudson Valley can listen live on 1390 WEOK-AM and 1340 WALL-AM, along with 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y. (Fort Drum).