Nov. 11, 2013
Army at Sacred Heart Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Playing its third game in a five-day span, the Army hockey team travels to Sacred Heart for a Tuesday night tilt in Bridgeport, Conn. Face-off for the Atlantic Hockey Association showdown is set for 7:05 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena. The Black Knights enter Tuesday's game still in search of its first win of the year (0-6-0, 0-3-0 AHA), while Sacred Heart (2-6-0, 1-2-0) is looking to snap a five-game losing skid. The game marks the fourth Atlantic Hockey match-up of 2013-14 for both teams.
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The Last Meeting
November 16, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Strong Third Period Carries Army Past Sacred Heart
Maurice Alvarez scored a third-period goal and Army killed off a Sacred Heart five-minute power play as the Black Knights posted a 3-2 win, Friday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at Tate Rink.
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INSIDE THE SERIES
Both charter members of the Atlantic Hockey Association, Army and Sacred Heart meet for the 50th time on Tuesday night. The teams first did battle on Feb. 3, 1996, in a 7-0 win for the Black Knights. The Pioneers hold a slight 22-21-6 edge in the all-time series, but the teams are 14-14-6 against one another since AHA play began in 2002-03. In three games last season, Army posted a 2-0-1 record against the Pioneers, including a 3-2 win in the last meeting on Nov. 16, 2012, at Tate Rink.
Army and Sacred Heart have squared off at the site of Tuesday's game once before. The Pioneers collected a 5-1 win on Feb. 26, 2011, at the Arena at Harbor Yards, which is now known as Webster Bank Arena.
Senior captain Brian Schultz played in his 100th career game on Sunday at No. 8 Boston College. The Aurora, Ohio, native is the only active senior on this year's roster and is tied for a team-best two assists on the year. Schultz is a two-time Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team member and will learn what branch he will enter in the U.S. Army as a part of Branch Night festivities next Thursday, Nov. 21.
Two of Army's four non-league opponents this season are ranked in the top 10 of both national polls. The Black Knights are coming off a loss at Boston College, which was ranked eighth in both polls at the time of the Nov. 10 game. The Black Knights welcome No. 6/5 Providence to Tate Rink on Dec. 20. Both national polls can be found on page 3.
Two Army players will return to their home state on Tuesday night when the Black Knights take on Sacred Heart in Bridgeport, Conn. Sophomore defenseman Christian Pomarico hails from Simsbury, while sophomore forward Josh Roberts calls Southport home.
RISE OF THE ROOKIES
Atlantic Hockey's youngest team, Army features a combined 21 freshmen and sophomores on its roster. Of the nine true freshmen on the team, two have risen to the top as forwards C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle have made up two-thirds onf the Black Knights' top line over the last two games. The duo has been joined by sophomores Joe Kozlak and most recently Willie Faust. Carlisle has played on Army's top line in all six games, while Reuschlein, who leads the team with three goals, made the jump at UConn on Nov. 1.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein has netted three goals over the last four games and currently leads the team with his trio of scores. Sophomore forward Willie Faust ties Reuschlein as the team's points leader with two goals and an assist through six games. The Black Knights enter Tuesday's game in search of their first win, having gone 0-6-0 to start 2013-14.
Army returned 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season in 2013-14. That group includes junior alternate captain Mac Lalor (18 points in 2012-13) and AHA All-Rookie Team selection Joe Kozlak (17 points in 2012-13). Senior Brian Schultz, who has a pair of assists on the year, is serving as team captain and Lalor and fellow junior Josh Richards were selected as alternate captains.
In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all six games this season, while freshman Parker Gahagen earned time in each of the last two contests. Gahagen played the final 28:29 and did not give up a goal in his collegiate debut against AHA foe Holy Cross last Friday night at Tate Rink. Tadazak owns a 4.93 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage heading into his seventh game of the season. and owns a .907 career save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT VS. SACRED HEART
Nov. 16, 2012 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Maurice Alvarez scored a third-period goal and Army killed off a Sacred Heart five-minute power play as the Black Knights posted a 3-2 win, Friday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at Tate Rink.
Thane Heller had a goal and assist and Andy Starczewski was credited with two assists as Army halted a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league games.
Zak Zaremba also scored for Army while John Clark, Mac Lalor and Willie Faust posted assists to help the Black Knights win the season series with Sacred Heart, 2-0-1.
Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 18 saves in a period and eight minutes before he was injured. Ryan Leets played the final 33 minutes and registered seven saves and his second win of the season.
Sacred Heart goalie Andrew Bodnarchuk made 35 saves as Army held a 38-28 advantage in shots on goal.
ABOUT THE PIONEERS
Sacred Heart (2-6-0, 1-2-0 AHA) garnered national attention when it defeated then top-ranked UMass-Lowell, 2-1, in its season opener on Oct. 11. The Pioneers' momentum slowed down as the month progressed as they enter Tuesday's game on a five-game losing streak. Sacred Heart's lone other win of the year came in a 3-1 decision on Oct. 16 against AHA brethren Bentley.
The Pioneers are 6-of-34 (.176) on the power play with half of those goals coming in conference games. Sacred Heart averages 1.62 goals per game and is yielding 2.33. Freshmen Justin Danforth and Jordan Minello lead the team with seven (1G, 6A) and five (1G, 4A) points, respectively. Junior forward Drew George tops the team with three goals.
Sophomore Alex Vazzano has started six games and owns a 3.18 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Junior Andrew Bodnarchuk has started twice, given up 10 goals and owns a 5.11 GAA.
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.
Atlantic Hockey Association play continues as Army visits preseason favorite Niagara for a weekend series at Dwyer Arena. Face-off for both Friday and Saturday games will be at 7:05 p.m. in Western New York. The Purple Eagles will enter Friday's tilt looking to snap a four-game losing streak and improve upon their 1-6-1 start to the year. Niagara is 1-1-1 in conference games.
Fans can watch next weekend's games live via America ONE Sports (see note below) or listen to the Army call online at goARMYsports.com or via 1340 WALL and 1380 WEOK radio in the Hudson Valley.
America ONE will again provide video and audio where available of every Atlantic Hockey Association game.
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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.
On 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 locker room, 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 head coach Brian 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.