Army Blows Past RMC As Rivalry Resumes

Jack Riley (left) and Danny McLeod

Jack Riley (left) and Danny McLeod

Feb. 4, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Danny Colvin and Zak Zaremba each had two goals and two assists and Mike Hull netted two scores as Army routed the Canadian Royal Military College, 9-1, Saturday night in an exhibition game at a sold out Tate Rink.

Eleven different players posted points for Army which improved to 26-12-1 against its Canadian brethren at Tate Rink.

Hull had a three-point night with an assist, while Mark Dube, Mac Lalor and Andy Starczewski all had a goal and assist apiece. Marcel Alvarez and Bryant Skarda each had two assists. Maurice Alvarez, Cody Ikkala and Kyle Maggard registered assists for Army.

Army goalie Ryan Leets made 20 saves while Matt Walsh, seeing his first career action, turned away two shots at the fourth sellout of the season at Tate Rink.

A combined color guard with cadets from both Army and RMC, the playing of the Canadian and national anthem, a pregame faceoff with hockey legend Jack Riley, who spent 36 years behind the Army bench and Danny McLeod from RMC were all part of the festivities as the rivalry renewed for the first time since a 3-3 overtime tie on Feb. 11, 2006 in Kingston, Ontario.

Army came out firing, racking up 25 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes alone.

Zaremba opened the scoring six minutes into the contest. Lalor started the play and moved the puck to Starczewski who fed Zaremba.

Just 35 seconds later, Hull netted his first goal of the game off of a pass from Maggard.

Dube extended the Army lead to 3-0 with a power play tally, knocking home a rebound of an Ikkala shot. Skarda brought the puck up ice and was credited with an assist as well.

Not only was Army strong offensively, the Black Knights limited RMC to just four shots on goal in the opening period. RMC was credited with its first shot on goal with 7:27 remaining in the first period.

Army continued its offensive onslaught with a four-goal second period. After RMC broke the shutout two minutes into the period, Colvin answered with a power play goal 30 seconds later off assists from Hull and Marcel Alvarez.

Zaremba netted his second goal, short-handed this time, with less than three minutes left in the period. Colvin and Maurice Alvarez earned assists.

Less than a minute later, Starczewski blasted in a goal with assists to Colvin and Zaremba.

Hull ended the five-goal second period with his second tally of the game, a power play score off of a Marcel Alvarez assist.

Army added two goals in the final period to close the scoring. Lalor netted a power play tally with assists from Skarda and Dube while Colvin's short-handed tally came with under three minutes left off of a Zaremba assist.

Army scored on 4-of-6 power play opportunities and netted two short-handed tallies.

Army will travel to Connecticut for a rare Tuesday game at 7 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn., and then return to Tate Rink to host Holy Cross Feb. 10-11. A limited number of tickets remain for the Army vs. Holy Cross series and can purchased by visiting goARMYsports.com, stopping by the Holleder Center Box Office or calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

GAME NOTES: Army's starting lineup consisted of Mark Dube, Mike Hull and Kyle Maggard with Cody Ikkala and Marcel Alvarez on defense and Ryan Leets in goal ... Major Tom Kennedy served as Officer Representative ... USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio and the Chairman of Hockey Canada, Mike Bruni, were among the sold-out crowd ... RMC didn't register its first shot on goal until there was 7:27 left in the first period.

ARMY 9, RMC 1

RMC                0-1-0--1
ARMY             3-4-2--9

First Period:
ARMY - Zaremba (Starczewski, Lalor), 5:52
ARMY - Hull (Maggard), 6:17
ARMY - Dube (Ikkala, Skarda), PP, 15:18

Second Period:
RMC - Casper (unassisted), 2:07
ARMY -- Colvin (Hull, Marcel Alvarez), PP, 2:42
ARMY - Zaremba (Colvin, Maurice Alvarez), SH, 17:13
ARMY - Starczewski (Zaremba, Colvin), 18:17
ARMY - Hull (Marcel Alvarez), PP, 18:35

Third Period:
ARMY - Lalor (Skarda, Dube), PP, 12:50
ARMY - Colvin (Zaremba), SH, 18:26

Shots: RMC 23 (4-12-7); Army 50 (25-9-16)
Saves:
RMC 41 (Beirnes, 31:33, 22-4-x; Fleming, 27;43, x-1-14); Army 22 (Leets, time, 4-11-5; Walsh, 7:41, x-x-2)
Power Plays: RMC, 0-5; Army, 4-6
Penalties:
RMC, 7-14; Army, 5-10
Attendance:
2,568

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