Nov. 25, 2013
Army at AIC Game Notes
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Army (1-10-0, 1-7-0 AHA) closes out a 10-game November slate with a Tuesday night Atlantic Hockey Association date at American International. The Black Knights enter the game looking to snap a four-game losing skid, while AIC (3-4-0, 3-1-0) vies for its fourth league victory. Army is coming off a pair of setbacks during a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart, while the Yellow Jackets are coming off their first conference loss of the year, an 8-1 decision against Connecticut on Saturday night.
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The Last Meeting
February 26, 2013
Power Play Goals Lifts AIC Past Army
American International scored two power goals and beat Army, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Olympia Ice Center.
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INSIDE THE SERIES
Both charter members of the Atlantic Hockey Association, Army and American International do battle for the 81st time on Tuesday night. In a series that pre-dates conference alignment, the teams first met on Jan. 13, 1954. Since then, Army holds a 55-19-6 lead in the all-time series and is 14-9-2 when the Yellow Jackets host. The Black Knights also own a 23-10-6 during AHA play. The teams split the 2012-13 regular-season series with each winning on its home ice.
RETURN TO TATE
Tuesday night's contest marks Army's final road test for the next two months as the team prepares for a seven-game homestand in the friendly confines of Tate Rink. Army will host Canisius (Dec. 6-7), nationally ranked Providence (Dec. 20) and weekend series with Mercyhurst (Jan. 3-4) and Air Force (Jan. 10-11) before hitting the road to take on RIT Jan. 17-18. During the seven-game home stretch lands TEE (Term-End Exams) Week and a two-week hiatus over the holidays.
Two Army players will return to their home state on Tuesdcay night when the Black Knights visit AIC in Springfield, Mass. Junior alternate captain Mac Lalor hails from just outside Boston in Needham, Mass., while rookie Joe Brucklercalls Burlington, Mass., home.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Freshman forward Clint Carlisle has scored at least one point in each of the last three games, moving him atop Army's list of scoring leaders with six points (2G, 4A). Owner of the same statistics, is sophomore Shane Hearn, who scored a goal and an assist over two games last weekend. Hearn accounted for the Black Knights' lone goal in a 4-1 loss at Sacred Heart on Saturday.
Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein leads the team and is tied with Bentley's Max French atop the AHA's leading freshman goal-scorers with four. Juniors Mac Lalor and Maurice Alvarez, along with sophomore Joe Kozlak, have each contributed five points this season. Army is scoring an average of 2.1 goals per game and allowing 5.2.
The Black Knights scored a power play goal in both games last weekend and are 8-of-61 for 13.1 percent on the season. The penalty kill comes in at 76.6 percent (36-of-47).
In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but one game this season. He owns a 4.97 goals-against average and an .867 save percentage. Rookie Parker Gahagen (5.27 GAA, .865 SV%) has appeared in three games and made one start.
ABOUT THE YELLOW JACKETS
Predicted to finish 11th in the AHA preseason poll, American International (3-4-0, 3-1-0) has won two of its last three games and has tallied all three of its wins against conference foes. The Yellow Jackets are coming off an 8-1 home loss to Connecticut on Saturday night, but defeated Bentley (8-7) and Holy Cross (1-0) on the road the previous week.
AIC is third in the league on the power play (6-of-26 for 23.1 percent) and 10th for the penalty kill (21-of-29 for 72.4). Alexander MacMillan (3G, 5A) and David Norris (1G, 7A) are tied for the team lead with eight points, while MacMillan owns a pair of game-winning goals.
Rookies Hunter Leisner (4.01 GAA, .880 SV%) and Ty Reichenbach (4.37 GAA, .887 SV%) have split time between the pipes.
Last Thursday, Nov. 21, marked a special evening for the West Point Class of 2014 as Branch Night took place in Eisenhower Hall. During the festivities, members of the senior (Firstie) class learned of their U.S. Army branch assignments. The lone active senior on this year's roster, Brian Schultz, branched Infantry. Mike Santee, who played two years of hockey before being sidelined with injuries, will enter the Corps of Engineers.
Two of Army's four non-league opponents this season are ranked in the top 10 of both national polls. The Black Knights lost at perennial powerhouse 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.
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 both spent time on Army's top line and have been amongst the team's top offensive threats. Carlisle is tied for a team-high six points (2G, 4A) and is riding a three-game point-scoring streak. Reuschlein's four goals lead the team and is tied with Bentley's Max French for the most goals by an AHA rookie thus far.
Senior captain Brian Schultz played in his 100th career game at No. 8 Boston College on Nov. 10. The Aurora, Ohio, native is the only active senior on this year's roster and is tied for a team-best four assists on the year. Schultz is a two-time Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team member and will enter the Infantry branch of the U.S. Army upon graduation in May.
Army continues AHA play and a seven-game homestand against Canisius on Dec. 6 and 7 at Tate Rink. The Black Knights are slated to play three games in December, all of which will be on home ice.
All three December games, including a Dec. 20 meeting with nationally ranked Providence, will be webcast through America ONE Sports (see note below). The Army call for all three games can be heard via Knight Vision on goARMYsports.com. Radio broadcasts of the Dec. 7 and Dec. 20 games will be live in the Hudson Valley on 1340 WALL and 1390 WEOK.
America ONE will again provide video and audio where available of every Atlantic Hockey Association game.
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