Feb. 16, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Andy Starczewski and Mac Lalor scored goals as Army battled back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 overtime tie with Bentley, Saturday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at Tate Rink.
Bentley jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Army roared back to tie the contest and it ended in a draw before a crowd of 2,195 fans.
Army held a 56-25 advantage in shots on goal, including an 8-5 advantage in the five-minute sudden-victory overtime session and moved to 7-15-5 overall and 7-10-5 in league games.
Army goalie Rob Tadazak turned away 23 shots while Bentley's Branden Komm made 54 stops for the Falcons who are now 12-15-2 overall and 10-11-2 in league contests.
Army and Bentley tied the season series 1-1-1 and capped a seven-day stretch that included three games for the Black Knights.
Joe Kozlak, Maurice Alvarez and Thane Heller collected assists for Army.
Army unveiled its Daktronics LED video display system on Saturday, utilizing the 12-feet, 5-inch by 23-feet wide board in the south end of Tate Rink to showcase starting lineups, in-game action, replays, end of period highlights, stats, player interviews, postgame reaction, features, out-of-town scores, postgame highlights, game previews and much more.
"First off we need to thank Mr. and Mrs. Harkins and Mr. and Mrs. Concannon for their support of Army Athletics," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan. "We have some of the best fans in college hockey and this will enhance their experience at Tate Rink. From replays to video features, this will change the way fans experience Army Hockey and we are excited to showcase this great addition."
Daktronics designed, manufactured and installed the system which is capable of showing one large image or an image divided into separate windows for high-clarity video and graphics. The wide-angle viewing capabilities ensure great views from your seat.
The installation also included an update to the existing center-ice hung structure with two new indoor color LED message center displays.
Army was forced to go on the penalty kill early when Bentley was awarded a five-minute power play after a contact to the head whistle.
It was the Black Knights though who had the chances as Mac Lalor, Willie Faust, Jonathan Gehrt and Faust again registered shots on goal.
Army killed the power play but was left with just 10 forwards after the game misconduct penalty. Army dressed just 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the game.
Bentley did go on top, scoring with 6:47 left in the first period as Brett Gensler picked up his 15th goal of the season and his 36th point.
The Black Knights had their first power play opportunity later in the session and Andy Starczewski and Jonathan Gehrt had shots on goal but Army trailed 1-0 after the opening period.
The Falcons utilizing a crisp pass from Jared Rickord to Alex Kubiak to take a 2-0 lead with 17:21 remaining in the second period.
Army had back-to-back power plays and continued to generate chances as Shane Hearn and Josh Roberts found net but Komm was equal to the task.
The Black Knights were finally rewarded late in the second period and cut their deficit in half. Alvarez skated the puck up the right side, passed to Kozlak who found Starczewski. It was his seventh goal of the season, the seventh assist for Kozlak and the fifth for Alvarez.
Army tied the game with just 1:05 left in the period. Heller stick-handled through three defenders and fed Lalor who blasted in his fifth goal of the season from in front of the net. It was the fifth assist for Heller and knotted the game at two after 40 minutes.
Army held Bentley to just six shots in the period and racked up 24 while holding a 35-15 advantage in shots on goal through two periods.
The Black Knights again controlled play in the final session with a 13-5 margin in shots on goal. Kimm responded with 13 saves.
Army was the aggressor in overtime as well but settled for the draw.
Army will host Connecticut Friday and Saturday, its final regular season two-game homestand. Games on Feb. 22 and 23 will face-off at 7:05 p.m. For tickets please visit www.goARMYsports.com, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the Ticket Office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
GAMES NOTES: Army wore its gold sweaters ... Army's starting lineup consisted of Andy Starczewski, Joe Kozlak, Maurice Alvarez, John Clark and Cheyne Rocha with Rob Tadazak in goal ... Tadazak made his 26th career start ... 2nd LT Alex McRae, a 2012 graduate now serving as an athletic intern was the Officer Representative ...Following the game, Army competed in a 20-minute sled hockey game against the Long Island Rough Riders. This is the sixth consecutive season Army has hosted the squad at Tate Rink. Sled hockey is played mainly by people with various lower extremity disabilities in which players are seated on sleds, which are affixed to two hockey skate blades under the seat. The sleds are about three inches off the ice and around three feet long depending on the size of the player. The sled glides on the blades and a metal bar located at the front of the sled. Players use their arms to propel themselves along the ice and dig picks, on the ends of two short hockey sticks, into the ice to pull themselves forward. Players have a right and a left stick (the blades are curved differently) that are miniature copies of a typical hockey stick, except for the metal picks (like figure skate toe picks) on the ends. Players shoot, pass, and propel themselves with the sticks.
ARMY 2, BENTLEY 2 OT
BEN - Gensler (Switzer), 13:06
BEN - Kubiak (Rickord), 2:13
ARMY - Starczewski (Kozlak, Alvarez), 17:28
ARMY - Lalor (Heller), 18:55
Shots: Bentley 25 (9-6-5-5); Army 56 (11-24-13-8)
Saves: Bentley 54 (Komm, 65:00, 11-22-13-8); Army 23 (Tadazak, 64:43, 8-5-5-5; empty net :17)
Power Plays: Bentley, 0-2; Army, 0-3
Penalties: Bentley, 3-6; Army, 3-17