Nov. 7, 2013
Army vs. Holy Cross/Boston College Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team hosts Holy Cross in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest Friday night Tate Rink. The second of three November home games, the Black Knights seek their first win of the year against the visiting Crusaders. Army is coming off back-to-back losses against UConn (4-2) and Bentley (5-2) last weekend, while Holy Cross edged Sacred Heart, 4-3, last Friday for its only win of the year. The Black Knights then break from conference play on Sunday at Boston College, a team Army has not faced since 1994.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Television • None
Webcast • AmericaOneSports.com vs. Holy Cross • BCEagles.com vs. Boston College
Radio • Army Sports Network • 1340 WALL, 1380 WEOK (Hudson Valley)
Twitter • @Army_Hockey
Live Statistics • GameTracker • goARMYsports.com
With Veteran's Day on the horizon, Army hosts Salute to Heroes night. In addition, the first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive Hockey Knight at West Point t-shirts and the first Chuck-A-Puck this season is planned during intermission.
INSIDE THE SERIES
• Army vs. Holy Cross | Holy Cross has a slight 30-29-8 edge in the all-time series with Army, which dates back to the first meeting on Dec. 15, 1956. The Black Knights owned the series for much of the 1980s and 1990s, but the more recent battles have tended to go Holy Cross' way. While five of the eight ties in the series have happened since 2006, the Crusaders have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. Army's last win over Holy Cross came by a 7-2 score on Oct. 27 of last season.
• Army vs. Boston College | Army and Boston College battled on a semi-regular basis from the 1950s through 1990s, but have not met since 1994. The Eagles hold a 37-3-1 lead in an all-time series that dates back to 1919. The Black Knights' lone wins in the series came in 1958, 1963 and 1964 and all happened on home ice. Since Army's last win in 1964, Boston College has won 24-straight games against the Black Knights.
Army's only two remaining non-league opponents are both ranked in the national polls. The Black Knights visit No. 8/8 Boston College this Sunday, Nov. 10, and host No. 5/6 Providence on Dec. 20 at Tate Rink. Both national polls can be found on page 3.
LAST TIME OUT: ARMY VS. BENTLEY REWIND
Nov. 2, 2013 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Falling victim to a slow start for the second night in a row, the Army hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to visiting Bentley on Saturday night in the Black Knights' home opener at Tate Rink. Both teams' second Atlantic Hockey Association contest, the Black Knights fell to 0-2-0 and Bentley (1-1-0) picked up its first conference win.
Army (0-4-0) gave up two first-period goals, forcing the Black Knights to play catch-up for much of the contest. Sophomore forward Shane Hearn and classmate Willie Faust each netted a second-period goal to help the cause, but it was not enough to overcome the Falcons, who improved to 2-6-0 overall.
Bentley held a 45-36 advantage on shots, while Army junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made a season-high 40 saves in his fourth start of the year. Brendan Komm made 34 saves for the Falcons, 29 of which came in the final two periods. Bentley went 2-of-4 on the power play, including one late in the third period to put the game out of Army's reach.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Sophmore forward Willie Faust leads the Black Knights in scoring with two goals and an assist through four games. Rookie C.J. Reuschlein ties Faust for the team lead in goals and is one of six players to own two points so far this season. The Black Knights enter this weekend in search of their first win, having gone 0-4-0 to start 2013-14.
While Army lost leading scorer Andy Starczewski (11G, 15A) to graduation in May, the team's next 10-leading scorers are all back to include junior alternate captain Mac Lalor (18 points in 2012-13) and AHA All-Rookie Team selection Joe Kozlak (17 points in 2012-13). Junior Rob Tadazak has started all four games this season and owns a .907 career save percentage. Senior Brian Schultz, who has an assist in each of the last two games, is serving as team captain and Lalor and fellow junior Josh Richards were selected as alternate captains.
Head coach Brian Riley began his 10th season behind the bench in Army's season-opening setback at Penn State on Oct. 11. Riley is the third in his family to coach the Black Knights' hockey team, following in the steps of his father, Jack, and brother, Rob.
LAST TIME OUT VS. HOLY CROSS
March 2, 2013 | Hart Center
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross, already assured of a bye in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs, scored once in the second and once in the final period to beat Army, 2-0, Saturday night in the final regular season game for both teams.
Army concludes the regular season 7-20-5 overall and 7-15-5 in league contests.
Army goalie Rob Tadazak faced double-digit shots in each period and finished with 34 saves. He made 10 stops in the opening period, nine in the second and 15 in the final session before being pulled for an extra skater.
Holy Cross goalie Matt Ginn made 20 saves to earn the shutout.
LAST TIME OUT VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 22, 1994 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Boston College netted three goals in all three periods to score a 9-3 win over Army at Tate Rink. The Black Knights tallied single goals in all three periods, but could not hold off a firey Eagles offense. Boston College improved to 1-0-1 and Army dropped to 2-2. David Hymovitz (3G, 3A) led all players with six points for the Eagles. Joe Sharrock, William Morrison and Mark Stachelski accounted for the Black Knights' three scores on the day.
ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross (1-5-0, 1-0-0 AHA) picked up its first win of the season and did so when it counted as the Crusaders topped Sacred Heart, 4-3, in Atlantic Hockey play last Friday in Worcester, Mass. Picked to finish eighth in this year's AHA preseason poll, Holy Cross ended last season in third place with a 15-9-3 AHA record.
A balanced offense thus far, Jake Bolton, Tim Driscoll, Adam Schmidt and Logan Smith all lead the team with three points - all on a single goal and two assists. Rookie Mike Barrett's two goals top the roster. Junior goaltender Matt Ginnn has started all six games and owns a 3.53 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.
Head coach Paul Pearl, a 1989 Holy Cross graduate, is in his 19th season behind the Crusaders' bench.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
Currently ranked No. 8 in both national polls, Boston College has authored a 4-2-1 overall mark and is 2-0-0 in Hockey East play heading into this weekend's games. The Eagles are set to visit rival Boston University on Friday night before hosting Army on Sunday. BC has dispatched Rensselaer (W, 7-2), Wisconsin (W, 9-2) and Northeastern twice (W, 4-2 and 4-3).
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau leads the team and ranks fourth amongst Hockey East performers with 11 points (6-5-11), while senior forward Kevin Hayes (3-6-9) and classmate Bill Arnold (1-7-8) both rank in the the top 10 in points. Rookie Thatcher Demko (.920 save percentage, 2.27 GAA) and junior Brian Billett (.877, 3.63) have both seen time in goal.
One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I hockey history, Jerry York is in his 19th season at his alma mater and has won over 900 career games in 41 years as a head coach.
With an average age of 21 years old, Army is the youngest hockey team in the Atlantic Hockey Association. 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 underclassmen.
Army has a quick turnaround once it returns from Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sunday as the Black Knights take on Sacred Heart in an AHA contest on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The game will be played at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., and is set for a 7:05 p.m. start.
America ONE will again provide video and audio where available of every Atlantic Hockey Association game.
America ONE is the official multimedia provider of the AHA and carries all games home and away. Subscriptions can be purchased monthly or annually. To access games, visit americaonesports.com.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Army announced its partnership with Team IMPACT in early October, an initiative that keeps with the program's proven history of giving back. Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization geared towards enhancing the lives of children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by matching them up with collegiate athletic teams. Through a structured matching process, the relationship between the child and team is established and cultivated to ensure a successful experience for both parties.
"Giving back to the community and our players volunteering their time to do something for the good of others is a staple for our program and will be for years to come," head coach Brian Riley said.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Mike Montana officially became the Black Knights' newest teammate. He and his family made the short trek from their Patterson, N.Y., home to West Point where Mike was given a stall in the Army lockerroom, personalized jersey and a warm welcome from his new hockey family. Mike was diagnosed with bilateral leukemia in 2011 and underwent two years of treatment. His cancer is now in remission and he was able to rejoin his eighth grade class this year.
The Army hockey team's tradition of community outreach and service has been evident throughout Riley's tenure. The team's most recent endeavor was the development of Neighborhood Knights. The group has been actively involved in the community in a number of projects that benefit the local environment and recreation areas, including the Adopt-A-Highway program. Most recently, Neighborhood Knights spent a day planting flowers in the local area in mid-October.
In addition, Army has played an annual hockey game against the Long Island Rough Riders, a sled hockey team is primarily made up of people with various lower extremity disabilities, and pioneered the House of Blues program aimed at raising prostate cancer awareness.