Oct. 9, 2013
Army at Penn State Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team will open the 2013-14 season on a big stage as the Black Knights travel to Penn State for the first game in Pegula Ice Arena. Penn State alumnus and Buffalo Sabres owner, Terry Pegula and his wife, Kim, donated $88 million for the facility, which will be christened Friday at 8 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
The Black Knights dropped a 5-0 decision to the Nittany Lions at home last October. The meeting marked the first between the two programs since 1982.
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The Last Meeting
October 26, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Penn State Tops Army
Five different players scored goals as Penn State posted a 5-0 victory over Army, Friday night in a non-conference game at Tate Rink.
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ABOUT THE ARENA
A state-of-the-art building, Pegula Ice Arena includes two sheets that allow the use of a wide range of campus and community activities that vary from commencement ceremonies to classes and lessons. The facility contains a weight room, hydrotherapy training room, steam room, team lounge and locker area and an XOS video system. In addition, the arena will be able to host various events such as National Hockey League and American Hockey League exhibition games.
Friday night's game is slated to air live on Big Ten Network, marking the first time the Army hockey team will play on BTN. The Black Knights will appear live to a national audience again on Jan. 10, as Army hosts rival Air Force on CBS Sports Network.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army, which was picked to finish 10th in last year's preseason coaches poll, wound up finishing 11th. An upstart Black Knights club opened 2012-13 as one of the hottest teams in the league, posting a 5-2-1 record in the first eight games. The Black Knights wound up finishing last season with a 7-22-5 overall mark.
Once again, a relatively young Black Knights' squad will take the ice this Friday. Army's 2013-14 roster features depth at all positions and includes nine rookies and 12 sophomores.
While Army lost leading scorer Andy Starczewski (11G, 15A) to graduation in May, the team's next 10-leading scorers are all back for the impending season to include alternate captain Mac Lalor (6G, 12A) and AHA All-Rookie Team selection Joe Kozlak (7G, 10A). Junior Rob Tadazak, who started 21 games last season and posted a .907 save percentage, returns to headline the Black Knights' goaltending corps. Senior Brian Schultz will serve as team captain and Lalor and fellow junior Josh Richards were selected as alternate captains.
The Black Knights will play 13 AHA games in the friendly confines of Tate Rink and travel for the remaining 14 regular-season conference dates.
LAST TIME OUT VS. PENN STATE
Oct. 26, 2012 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Five different players scored goals as Penn State posted a 5-0 victory over Army, Friday night in a non-conference game at Tate Rink.
Army totaled 34 shots on goal but Penn State goalie P.J. Musico improved to 3-0-0 on the season with his first shutout.
The Nittany Lions scored one goal in the first, three times in the second and once in the final period.
Army used two goalies as Rob Tadazak started and made 18 saves in two-plus periods of action. Senior Ryan Leets made 22 third-period saves.
Army held its annual Black/Gold Scrimmage last Saturday, Oct. 5. The team skated in a spirited intrasquad showdown at Tate Rink before opening the ice to the public for an open skate. The Black Knights held the first ever Movie Knight, simultaneously showing hockey classic The Mighty Ducks on the Tate Rink video board.
The only active senior on this year's roster, forward Brian Schultz will serve as the Black Knights' captain during the 2013-14 season. Juniors Mac Lalor and Josh Richards will share alternate captain duties.
America ONE will again provide video and audio where available of every Atlantic Hockey Association game.
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With an average age of 21 years old, Army is the youngest hockey team in the AHA. By class, the Black Knights are the second-youngest team in the country with a combined 21 freshmen and sophomores. Only Penn State has more with 22.
Army is idle before closing October with a non-conference trip to Merrimack on Saturday, Oct. 26. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. in North Andover, Mass. The Black Knights dropped a 4-2 road decision to the Warriors last November.