Dec. 19, 2013
Army vs. #5 Providence Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army has been idle since a Dec. 7 win over visiting Canisius and welcomes nationally ranked Providence to Tate Rink for a Friday night non-league showdown. The Friars enter the game ranked fifth in both national polls this week, as the Black Knights face their second top 10 opponent of the season. Army has won two of its last three games while the Friars are coming off a 3-3 tie at Northeastern on Dec. 6. Tonight marks the third game of a seven-game home stand and is the first meeting between the two programs since a 4-4 tie at Tate Rink on Jan. 14, 2000.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Radio 1340-AM WALL, 1380-AM WEOK (Hudson Valley)
Video Webcast America One Sports americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply)
Audio Webcast Knight Vision goARMYsports.com (subscription fees apply)
Twitter Updates @Army_Hockey
Live Statistics GameTracker goARMYsports.com
TEDDY BEAR TOSS TIME!
Army fans are encouraged to take part in Friday night's Teddy Bear Toss to benefit Toys-For-Tots. During the first intermission, fans will be prompted to toss a stuffed animal onto the Tate Rink ice, all of which will be collected and donated to Toys-For-Tots. In addition, the first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a glowstick.
LAST TIME OUT: ARMY BLANKS CANISIUS, 2-0
Dec. 7, 2013 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak turned in his first shutout of the season and sophomore Shane Hearn matched a career-high two goals as the Army hockey team blanked Canisius, 2-0, in the second meeting of an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series. The teams played in front of more than 2,000 spectators, along with a television audience across New York State on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Army (3-11-0, 3-8-0 AHA) counterpunched after Canisius (5-8-1, 4-4-1) picked up an 8-2 victory on Friday night at Tate Rink.
Hearn scored once in the second period and later put the exclamation point on the victory with an empty-netter with 57.5 seconds remaining in the game. Tadazak went the distance, while recording 15 saves and his third career clean sheet and second against Canisius.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
In the midst of a seven-game homestand, the Black Knights have won two of their last three times on the ice and look to continue that streak this Friday night. Sophomore Shane Hearn is coming off a two-goal performance against Canisius on Dec. 7, has registered at least one point in five of the last six games and leads the team with nine points on four goals and five assists.
Rookie C.J. Reuschlein continues to enjoy a standout first collegiate season. The Flint, Mich., native leads the team and all freshmen in the Atlantic Hockey Association statistics with six goals. Sophomore forward Willie Faust (3G, 4A) and rookie center Clint Carlisle (2G, 5A)have each registered seven points on the year.
In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but one game this season. He owns a 4.56 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.
West Point cadets will go through TEE Week (Term-End Exams) beginning on Tuesday and concluding on Saturday. Known on other campuses as "finals week," it marks the end of the fall semester.
Fans at Tate Rink and those watching online were treated to quite a goal on Dec. 6 as rookie center Clint Carlisle hit sophomore defenseman Christian Pomarico on the doorstep to score the equalizer in the opening period against visiting Canisius. The effort earned the Black Knights the NCAA's third-best Play of the Week.
ARMY-AIR FORCE SOLD OUT
The Saturday night showdown between rivals Army and Air Force on Jan. 11 is officially sold out. The teams open the weekend Atlantic Hockey Association series that Friday night, Jan. 10, and limited tickets remain for that contest.
Fans looking to attend the Friday night contest are highly encouraged to order their tickets soon and use the print-at-home feature.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.goARMYsports.com/tickets, in person at the Army Ticket Office or by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.
ABOUT THE FRIARS
Army's second top 10 opponent of the season, Providence has spent nearly the entire season ranked high in both national polls and comes in this week at No. 5/5. The Friars are 11-2-3 on the season, rallied for a 3-3 tie at nationally ranked Northeastern on Dec. 6 and are tied for first in the Hockey East standings.
Junior forward Ross Mauermann is second in the league with 24 points on 12 goals and as many assists. Nick Saracino (3G, 9A) and Shane Luke (5G, 6A) land second and third on the team with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Luke and Mauermann are tied for first in the league with three game-winning scores.
The Friars rank second among Hockey East teams for both scoring offense (4.19) and scoring defense (2.06). They are 14.5 percent (11-of-76) on the power play and 85.9 percent (67-of-78) on the penalty kill.
Sophomore goaltender John Gillies ranks second in the conference with a .821 save percentage, while his 1.88 goals-against average are good for third. Gillies is a third-round NHL draft pick by the Calgary Flames.
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. 5/5 Providence to Tate Rink this Friday.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
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.
KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Do you keep tabs on everything Army hockey? If not, be sure to follow the team on Twitter @Army_Hockey and like Army Hockey at West Point on Facebook for exclusive content and up-to-date news. Fans are also highly encouraged to check out Knight Vision for free hockey video features and more at www.goARMYsports.com.
Army breaks for the holidays before returning to the ice for back-to-back weekend series against Mercyhurst (Jan. 3-4) and Air Force (Jan. 10-11).
Fans can watch the games 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 WALL and 1380 WEOK. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.
In addition, the Jan. 3 Mercyhurst game and the Jan. 11 Air Force contest will be aired live on Time Warner SportsChannel. Army versus Air Force on Friday, Jan. 10, will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
America ONE will again provide video and audio where available of every Atlantic Hockey Association game.
America ONE is the official multimedia provider of the AHA and carries all games home and away. Subscriptions can be purchased monthly or annually. To access games, visit americaonesports.com.