Air Force Rallies Past Army At Tate Rink

Jan. 11, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Air Force erased a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals to score a 4-2 road victory over service-academy rival Army at West Point's sold-out Tate Rink Saturday night. Playing in their first Army-Air Force series, rookies C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle scored for the Black Knights, while sophomore line mate Joe Kozlak assisted on both tallies.

Thanks in large part to 16 saves on behalf of starting goaltender Rob Tadazak, who finished with 26 stops on the night, Army held a 1-0 lead after the opening period. Reuschlein accounted for the session's lone goal, while Carlisle scored short-handed 49 seconds into the second to give the Black Knights a 2-0 lead. Air Force then dug in, netting four unanswered goals, including an empty netter with 1:11 remaining, to steal the victory.

"Sure we went up 2-0, but this is a good Air Force team and we knew we would need more than that," said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley following the contest. "I was pleased with our overall effort. We came out with more fire and intensity tonight and certainly hope that continues into next weekend."

Air Force (12-6-4, 7-3-3 AHA) outshot the Black Knights 30-16 and scored the game's only power play goal five minutes into the second period. Four different Falcons found the back of the net Saturday night.

The teams played back-and-forth during a physical first period, but it was Army (3-16-0, 3-12-0 AHA) drawing first blood on Reuschlein's seventh goal of the season. The rookie got help from Kozlak and classmate Christian Pomarico as the Black Knights took advantage of a three-on-two at the 18:34 mark and took a 1-0 lead.

Air Force opened the second period on the power play, during which the Black Knights made quick work and notched their first short-handed goal of the season 49 seconds into the action. With just two ticks remaining on the Falcons PP, Kozlak hit Carlisle in stride as he made a nifty move to get past Treuhl and give Army a 2-0 lead.

The two-goal cushion didn't last long, however, as Air Force got on the board on a Mitch Torrel goal at the 3:16 mark to cut the deficit in half. The Falcons tacked on two more goals in a 16-second span late in the period to take a 3-2 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Army outshot Air Force 6-5 in the final period, but could manage to net the equalizer before the Falcons tacked on the late empty net goal to all but secure the victory.  

The Black Knights hit the road for their next six games, beginning with an AHA weekend series at RIT, Jan. 17 and 18, in Rochester, N.Y. Both games will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (channel 461 in the Hudson Valley), as well as be shown online via America ONE Sports. Fans can also listen to the Army call on Knight Vision through Subscription fees apply for both online offerings. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the games will be aired live on 1340 WALL-AM and 1380 WEOK-AM. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.

Game Notes: Air Force now leads the all-time series 34-22-5 ... the Black Knights donned their gold sweaters ... Saturday night's starting lineup featured Brian Schultz, Shane Hearn, Willie Faust, Christian Pomarico, Garret Peterson and Rob Tadazak in goal ... following the game, both teams enjoyed a postgame meal together in Kimsey Athletic Center ... head officer representative Col. Wiley Thompson served on the bench ... former players in the crowd included Will Ryan '09 , Chris Migliaro '06, Lyle Gal '08, Chase Podsiad '08 and Chris Blair '08 ... also in attendance was Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dan Jolotta, former head of the Army hockey parents' club ... Clint Carlisle's goal marked the Black Knights' first short-handed goal of the season and his fourth goal on the year ... C.J. Reuschlein's seven goals this season lead all AHA freshmen ... Joe Kozlak registered  his fourth career multiple-point game ... members of both teams stood at attention following the contest, with both teams' seniors at center ice, for the playing of the West Point and Air Force Academy alma maters.

AIR FORCE                 0-3-1 - 4
ARMY                         1-1-0 - 2

First Period:
ARMY - Reuschlein (Kozlak, Pomarico), 18:36

Second Period:
ARMY - Carlisle (Kozlak), 0:49 SH
AF - Torrel (Timar), 3:16
AF - Halloran (Holm), 15:00 PP
AF - Thomas (Michalke), 15:16

Third Period:
AF - Gunner (Holm, Demers), 1:11 EN

Shots: Air Force 30 (16-9-5); Army 16 (6-4-6)
Air Force 14 (Truehl, 59:55, 5-3-6; empty net, 0:05); Army 26 (Tadazak, 59:16, 16-6-4; empty net, 0:44)
Power Plays:
Air Force, 1-3; Army, 0-1
Air Force, 1-2; Army, 3-6

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