Feb. 1, 2013
ERIE, Pa. – Rob Tadazak made 40 saves and Zak Zaremba scored a second-period goal as Army skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with Mercyhurst, Friday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Army trailed 1-0 in the second period, netted the tying goal and earned a point with the time, its fourth of the season.
Maurice Alvarez and Shane Hearn picked up assists for Army which moved to 7-12-4 overall and 7-7-4 in league games.
Mercyhurst, coming off a 5-2 win over Canisius on Tuesday, is now 12-10-2 overall and 10-6-1 in league games.
Tadazak was credited with 12 stops in the first period, 11 in the second, 12 in the third and five in the five-minute sudden victory overtime session as Army posted its fourth tie of the season.
The Black Knights have struggled in Erie, Pa., but earned a key point against the third-place Lakers while moving to 1-18-2 all-time at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Mercyhurst goalie Max Strang, the AHA Goalie of the Month in January, made 28 stops.
With a snow storm outside, Mercyhurst scored the game’s first goal. After a series of early whistles, the Lakers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Paul Chiasson scored his 11th goal of the season, off of a faceoff, at the 15:06 mark of the first period.
The Lakers then went on the game’s first power play after a cross checking whistled but Army killed the opportunity.
Army had a few chances later in the period, but trailed 1-0 after the first 20 minutes.
The Black Knights knotted the game seven minutes into the second period. Zaremba took off on a breakaway, split two defenders and appeared to slide the puck through Strang’s legs for his sixth goal of the season. Alvarez and Hearn, Zaremba’s linemates, were each credited with an assist. It was the fourth for both.
Both teams had chances in the third period but both goalies were up to the task as Tadazak and Strang kept the game tied at 1.
In the five-minute sudden overtime session, Mercyhurst had five shots and Army two.
Army will conclude the regular season series with Mercyhurst Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its black sweaters … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, Joe Kozlak, Willie Faust, Jonathan Gehrt and Mac Lalor with Rob Tadazak in goal … It marked the 23rd start of Tadazak’s career … One of the linesmen was in a car accident traveling to the game, crashing in the snowy weather and forcing Mercyhurst to find a local official to fill in … Friday’s tie was the second in the series in Eria, Pa.
ARMY 1, MERCYHURST 1 OT
MH – Chiasson (O’Donoghue, Blakey), 15:06
ARMY – Zaremba (Alvarez, Hearn), 7:09
Shots: Army 29 (9-13-5-2); Mercyhurst 41 (13-11-12-5)
Saves: Army 40 (Tadazak, 65:00, 12-11-12-5); Mercyhurst 28 (Strang, 64:56, 9-12-5-2, empty net, 00:04)
Power Plays: Army, 0-2; Mercyhurst, 0-3
Penalties: Army, 4-8; Mercyhurst, 3-6