Nov. 13, 2013
Army at Niagara Game Notes
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Army (1-6-0, 1-3-0 AHA) enters this weekend's games looking to maintain momentum after a 6-2 win at Sacred Heart on Tuesday night in Atlantic Hockey action. Junior forward Maurice Alvarez scored his first career hat trick and four different players scored goals in the Black Knights' first win of the year. Niagara hosts (1-6-1, 1-1-1) Army looking to end a four-game losing streak.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Television (Friday only) Lockport Community Television (LCTV, Buffalo, N.Y.)
Radio Army Sports Network 1340 WALL, 1380 WEOK (Hudson Valley)
Video Webcast America One Sports americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply)
Audio Webcast Army Sports Network Knight Vision goARMYsports.com (subscription fees apply)
Live Statistics goARMYsports.com
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Last Meeting
November 10, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Army and Niagara meet for the 11th time on Friday night in a series that dates back to the 1999-2000 season. The Purple Eagles, who joined the AHA in 2010-11, have won nine of 10 games against the Black Knights. Army's lone win came by way of a 4-1 score on Nov. 27, 2010, at West Point, N.Y. Niagara holds a 4-0-0 record against the Black Knights when playing on home ice.
A HATTY FOR ALVY
Junior forward Maurice Alvarez scored his first career hat trick to key Army in its first win of the season, a 6-2 triumph at Sacred Heart on Tuesday night. The Cleveland, Ohio, native recorded the Black Knights' first hat trick since Andy Starczewski '13 did so against Sacred Heart on Oct. 19, 2012. It marked Alvarez's second career multiple-point game and fourth career game-winning goal.
SPREAD THE WEALTH
Twelve different players scored at least one point in Tuesday night's 6-2 win at Sacred Heart. While Maurice Alvarez's hat trick provided highlights, rookie Clint Carlisle scored his first collegiate goal and added an assist and sophomore Thane Heller tallied a career-high two points. Classmate Joe Kozlak recorded his third career multiple-point game with a power play goal and an assist. Ten different Army players earned assists to include Kozlak, Carlisle, Heller, Josh Richards, Mac Lalor, Josh Roberts, Shane Hearn, Joe Bruckler, C.J. Reuschlein and Christian Pomarico.
LAST TIME OUT: ARMY AT SACRED HEART
Nov. 12, 2013 | Webster Bank Arena
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Junior Maurice Alvarez recorded his first career hat trick and four different players scored goals as the Black Knights powered past Sacred Heart, 6-2, to earn the team's first win of the season in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena.
Sacred Heart (2-7-0, 1-3-0 AHA) took an early 2-0 lead, but the Black Knights closed the game with six unanswered goals, including three on the power play.
Alvarez recorded the program's first hat trick of the season en route to his second career multi-point game. Rookie Clint Carlisle recorded his first collegiate goal in the second period, while junior Zak Zaremba and Joe Kozlak netted their first goals of the season in the second and third, respectively.
Army (1-6-0, 1-3-0) outshot the Pioneers 37-26 and went 3-of-5 on the power play.
While the Black Knights' offense carried them to victory, junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made 24 saves in his first win of the season.
Freshman goaltender Parker Gahagen heads back to his Western New York roots this weekend. The Buffalo, N.Y., native attended Williamsville North High School and played for the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the OJHL. Gahagen made his collegiate debut on Nov. 8 against Holy Cross, playing nearly 30 minutes and not allowing a goal. He has also earned time in each of the Black Knights' last two contests (at No. 8 Boston College, at Sacred Heart). Gahagen has played in two games for a total of 53:48.
LEFTOVERS FROM SACRED HEART
Army notched its first win of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night at Sacred Heart.
Twelve different players scored points, including four different goal-scorers.
Junior Maurice Alvarez recorded his first career hat trick, becoming the first Black Knight player since Andy Starcewski '13 to score a hat trick. He last did so on Oct. 19, 2012.
After being down 2-0, the Black Knights stormed back with six unanswered goals.
Army's six goals were the most the team has scored since a 7-2 win at Holy Cross on Oct. 27, 2012.
Freshman forward Clint Carlisle broke through with his first collegiate goal on the power play. Classmate Joe Bruckler tallied his first collegiate point with a second- period assist.
Junior Zak Zaremba and sophomore Joe Kozlak both scored their first goals of the season.
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.
RISE OF THE ROOKIES
The AHA'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 three games. The duo has been joined by sophomores Willie Faust and most recently Joe Kozlak. Carlisle has played on Army's top line in all seven games and scored his first collegiate goal in Tuesday's 6-2 win at Sacred Heart, while Reuschlein, who is tied for the team lead with four points (3G, 1A), made the jump at UConn on Nov. 1.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein has netted three goals over the last five games and is currently tied with junior Maurice Alvarez as the team's points leader. Each player has three goals and an assist. Alvarez catapulted to the top with a hat trick in Tuesday's 6-2 win at Sacred Heart. Sophomore Willie Faust is the only other Black Knight player with multiple goals this season with two. Six other players have scored single goals for a team averaging 2.0 goals per game.
The Black Knights went 3-of-5 on the power play in Tuesday's win, upping their percentage to 14.3 (5-of-35) on the season. The penalty kill comes in at 78.3 percent (18-of-23). Army is allowing 4.9 goals per game.
In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all seven games this season. He owns a 4.45 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage heading into his eighth game of the season.
ABOUT THE PURPLE EAGLES
A year removed from making an appearance in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal, Niagara is off to a 1-6-1 start and is 1-1-1 through three Atlantic Hockey games. The Purple Eagles' lone win (6-4) of the season came on Oct. 12 at home opposite Canisius. Since then, Niagara, which was picked first in the AHA preseason poll, has gone 0-4-1 and enters this weekend's series on a four-game losing skid.
The Purple Eagles, who are second in the AHA in penalty minutes, are scoring at a 2.12 goals-per-game clip while allowing 4.12. Junior forward Mike Conderman (3G, 1A), senior forward Ryan Rashid (3G, 1A) and senior defenseman Kevin Ryan (1G, 3A) are tied atop the team with four points apiece. Five other players own three points each. Rookie goaltenders Adrian Ignagni (3.69 GAA, .897 SV%) and Jackson Teichroeb (4.07 GAA, .879 SV%) have nearly split time in the net, each having played in five games. The Purple Eagles have converted on 3-of-39 power play chances, while the penalty kill is last in the AHA at 65 percent (26-of-40).
Army returns home for the third time this season for a rematch with Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 22. Puck drop at Tate Rink is set for 7:05 p.m. The contest will be the first for a home-and-home weekend as the Black Knights face the Pioneers Saturday night in Danbury, Conn.
Army defeated Sacred Heart, 6-2, in the first meeting of 2013-14 on Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Conn.
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.
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