Hockey Hosts Canisius Friday, Saturday

Shane Hearn

Shane Hearn

Dec. 5, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Looking to carry momentum from a win in its only game last week, Army hosts Canisius for an Atlantic Hockey weekend series at Tate Rink. The Black Knights have been idle for 10 days and are coming off a 4-3 overtime win at American International last Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Golden Griffins went 1-0-1 against Connecticut during a two-game swing in Buffalo, N.Y., last weekend.

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The Last Meeting
December 30, 2012
Buffalo, N.Y.
Tadazak, Kozlak Lift Army In Overtime
Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 25 saves and Joe Kozlak scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Black Knights beat Canisius, 1-0, Sunday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

Army and Canisius clash for the 44th and 45th times Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Golden Griffins enter the weekend with a slight 20-19-4 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to the first meeting on Nov. 29, 1992, at a Holy Cross Tournament. The Black Knights took that game, 4-0, and also won the most recent meeting, a 1-0 overtime triumph in Buffalo, N.Y., last January. Army holds an 11-6-2 record when playing Canisius along the banks of the Hudson.

Nov. 26, 2013 | Olympia Ice Center
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore forward Willie Faust scored his first career game-winning goal just 1:08 into Army's first overtime test of the season, providing the Black Knights with a 4-3 Atlantic Hockey Association road victory at American International on Tuesday night at Olympia Ice Center.

Army took an early lead, scored once in each period and held the advantage much of the way. Showing no quit, however, the Yellow Jackets scored a short-handed goal with less than two minutes to play to force extra time in Springfield, Mass.

While Faust provided heroics with his third goal of the year, junior right winger Zak Zaremba, senior captain Brian Schultz and rookie right wing C.J. Reuschlein each scored goals for the Black Knights. Army had the upper hand much of the night and held a 40-24 advantage in shots. Army starting goaltender Rob Tadazak made 21 saves on the night and earned his second win of the year.

Sophomore Shane Hearn, who has registered at least one point in each of the last four games, leads the team with seven points on two goals and five assists. Junior forward Zak Zaremba and sophomore forward Willie Faust each registered a goal and an assist in last Tuesday's win at AIC. The pair account for two of five Army players who own six points apiece 12 games into the season. Freshman forward Clint Carlisle has scored at least one point in three of the last four games, while classmate C.J. Reuschlein leads the team and all AHA freshmen with five goals. Junior defensemen Mac Lalor also owns six points (2G, 4A) this season. Carlisle and sophomore Joe Kozlak each own two power play goals.

The Black Knights scored a power play goal in each of the last four games and are 9-of-67 for 13.4 percent on the season. The penalty kill comes in at 74.5 percent (38-of-51).

In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but one game this season. He owns a 4.76 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.

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 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.

A year removed from winning the conference title, Canisius (4-7-1, 3-3-1 AHA) enters this weekend in a three-way tie for fourth in the Atlantic Hockey standings, sitting on seven points. The Golden Griffins are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend opposite Connecticut at home last week, while other wins include at then-No. 17 Denver (4-1), vs. Mercyhurst (4-3) and at RIT (5-2).

A pair of seniors in forward Kyle Gibbons (6-4-10) and defenseman Ben Danford (2-8-10) lead the team in scoring this season. Six other players own at least five points, including Braeden Rigney, whose goal in a 3-1 win over UConn last week earned NCAA Play of the Week plaudits on Tuesday. Canisius is averaging 2.33 goals per game, while surrendering 3.17. The Golden Griffs are 11-of-50 (22 percent) on the power play and own an 80 percent (44-of-55) penalty kill percentage.

Junior goaltender Keegan Asmundson tops the AHA in save percentage (.931) and goals-against average (2.50).

Dec. 30, 2013 | Buffalo State Sports Arena
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 25 saves and Joe Kozlak scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Black Knights beat Canisius, 1-0, Sunday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

Army out-shot Canisius 36-25 and was finally rewarded with 2:09 left in overtime with Kozlak's tally in a game broadcast throughout New York on Time Warner Cable.

The Black Knights won their first overtime game since beating Mercyhurst 3-2 on Jan. 7, 2006.

Tadazak was credited with Army's first shutout since Jan. 22, 2010, when Jay Clark and the Black Knights blanked Connecticut.

Army was the more physical team all game and secured the victory three minutes into overtime. Mac Lalor moved the puck to R.J. Burns who drove to the net. Kozlak got the puck and scored his fourth goal 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 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. 4/4 Providence to Tate Rink on Dec. 20.

Army welcomes Hockey East's Providence for a non-league showdown on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:05 p.m. The Friars are currently ranked fourth in both national polls.

Fans can watch the game online via America ONE Sports or listen to the Army call on Knight Vision. Subscription fees apply for both online offerings. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the game will be aired live on 1340-AM WALL and 1380-AM WEOK. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.

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