Jan. 12, 2013
USAFA, Colo. – Three different players scored goals as Army skated to a 3-3 overtime with Air Force, Saturday in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at Cadet Ice Arena.
Freshmen Thane Heller and Andrew O’Leary and sophomore Zak Zaremba netted goals for the Black Knights who moved to 7-10-3 on the season and 7-5-3 in league games.
Rob Tadazak made 42 saves for Army, which rebounded from a 4-1 loss on Friday night.
Air Force goalie Jason Torf turned away 27 shots for the Falcons who are now 7-9-5 overall and 5-5-3 in league play.
Josh Richards, R.J. Burns, Maurice Alvarez, Shane Hearn and Josh Roberts all collected assists for Army.
CBS Sports Network broadcast the game live to a national audience, Army’s third national television appearance of the season. Ben Holden, Dave Starman and Shireen Saski were on the call.
Army took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Heller. Burns and Richards exchanged passes before passing to Heller in front of the net. Heller didn’t waste the opportunity and scored his seventh goal of the season. Burns collected his sixth assist and Richards his seventh. The goal stopped an 0-25 streak Army had on the power play and marked the Black Knights’ first power play goal since scoring two at Merrimack on Dec. 11, a stretch of five games.
The Falcons knotted the game at 1 90 seconds into the second period. After Tadazak was bumped into, John Kruse netted his sixth goal of the season.
Army went back on top with a pair of goals 48 seconds apart.
Zaremba scored the first, converting assists from linemates Alvarez and Hearn. It was Zaremba’s seventh goal of the season, the third assist for Alvarez and the third for Hearn. Hearn also had an assist on Friday.
O’Leary then collected his first collegiate point. Roberts battled for a puck in the corner, gained possession and fed O’Leary who made it a 3-1 contest. Roberts was credited with his second assist of the season.
Air Force responded two minutes later when Eric Artman netted his second goal of the season, a tally that appeared to hit off an Army player.
Defenseman Cheyne Rocha made a great play to keep the Army advantage at a goal after two periods. Tadazak was out of the crease and Rocha stepped in and stopped a blast with his body. Tadazak was looked at by athletic trainer Jason Ruhl but stayed in the game after an Air Force player fell on his back.
The Falcons knotted the game at 3 with 16:36 left to play. Army killed off 1:01 of power play time to open the final period but Kyle De Laurell scored after an Army whistle for holding.
Both teams had chances in the final 15 minutes but both goalies came up with big stops to force overtime.
Army was playing its third overtime game this season and settled for the tie following the five-minute sudden victory session.
The Black Knights will return to Tate Rink Jan. 18-19 for a two-game series against RIT. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its black sweaters … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, Joe Kozlak, R.J. Burns, Jonathan Gehrt and Mac Lalor with Rob Tadazak in goal … It marked the 21st start of Tadazak’s career … Major Stan Johnson served as the Officer Representative … Both teams alma maters were played following the game with the seniors from both squads gathered together … Both teams participated in a postgame stick salute … Army si now 1-1-1 in national television games this season.
ARMY 3, AIR FORCE 3 (OT)
AIR FORCE 0-2-1-0—3
ARMY – Heller (Richards, Burns), PP, 7:14
AF – Kruse (McDonald, Artman), 1:14
ARMY – Zaremba (Alvarez, Hearn), 4:45
ARMY – O’Leary (Roberts), 5:33
AF – Artman ( Timar), 7:08
AF – De Laurell (Carew, McKenzie), PP, 3:24
Shots: Army 30 (14-8-7-1); Air Force 45 (12-16-12-5)
Saves: Army (Tadazak, 65:00, 12-14-11-5); Air Force 27 (Torf, 65:00, 13-6-7-1)
Power Plays: Army, 1-2; Air Force, 1-3
Penalties: Army, 3-6; Air Force, 2-4