Army Hosts Sacred Heart Friday

Maurice Alvarez

Maurice Alvarez

Nov. 21, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Looking to snap a two-game losing skid, Army (1-8-0, 1-5-0 AHA) hosts Sacred Heart (2-8-0, 1-3-0) on Friday night at Tate Rink. The Black Knights' lone win this season came by a 6-2 score at Sacred Heart on Nov. 12 in Bridgeport, Conn. The Pioneers and Black Knights close out a weekend home-and-home series on Saturday night in Danbury, Conn.

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The Last Meeting
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November 12, 2013
Bridgeport, Conn.
Army Offense Ignites In 6-2 Win At Sacred Heart
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.

Both charter members of the Atlantic Hockey Association, Army and Sacred Heart meet for the 51st time on Friday night. The teams first did battle on Feb. 3, 1996, in a 7-0 win for the Black Knights. Army's 6-2 win earlier this season tied the series, 22-22-6, with the Black Knights holding a slight 15-14-6 lead since AHA play began in 2002-03.

After playing the last four games on the road, the Black Knights return to the friendly confines of Tate Rink for the first time since Nov. 8. Still in search of its first home win of the year, Army is 265-183-47 all-time and 56-52-26 in Atlantic Hockey Association games played at its home rink.

Two Army players will return to their home state on Saturday night when the Black Knights visit Sacred Heart in Danbury, Conn. Sophomore defenseman Christian Pomarico hails from Simsbury, while sophomore forward Josh Roberts calls Southport home.

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 Tadazakmade 24 saves in his first win of the season.

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. 3/3 Providence to Tate Rink on Dec. 20.

Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein leads the team and is tied for seventh among the league's rookies with five points (4G, 1A). Junior Maurice Alvarez, who has the team's lone hat trick on the season, is second to Reuschlein with three goals and an assist. Freshman Clint Carlisle has two goals and two assists while junior Mac Lalor and sophomores Joe Kozlak and Shane Hearn each own one goal and three assists. Army is scoring an average of 1.9 goals per game and allowing 5.2.

The Black Knights scored a power play goal in last Saturday's game at Niagara and are 6-of-46 for 13 percent on the season. The penalty kill comes in at 77.8 percent (28-of-36).

In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but one game this season. He owns a 4.95 goals-against average and an .868 save percentage. Rookie Parker Gahagen (5.27 GAA, .865 SV%) made his first collegiate start last Friday at Niagara.

Sacred Heart (2-8-0, 1-3-0 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 this weekend looking to snap a seven-game losing skid that includes a 6-2 loss against Army on Nov. 12. 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 8-of-41 (.195) on the power play with half of those goals coming in conference games. Sacred Heart lands last in the AHA averaging 1.60 goals per game and is yielding 4.00. Freshmen Justin Danforth (2G, 6A) and Jordan Minello (1G, 6A) lead the team with eight and seven points, respectively. Juniors Drew George and Will Rayner top the team with three goals each.

Sophomore Alex Vazzano has started eight games and owns a 3.65 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.

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Army visits Sacred Heart tomorrow night in Danbury, Conn. A 7:05 p.m. face-off is set at Danbury Ice Arena.

The Black Knights continue AHA play next Tuesday, Nov. 26, at American International. That marks the team's final game of November. A 10-day hiatus ensues before Army returns home to host Canisius (Dec. 6 and 7) and No. 3/3 Providence (Dec. 20) in its lone three December contests.

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