Oct. 8, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Aaron Anderson notched his first collegiate goal 59 seconds into overtime, making a winner of Brian Riley in his debut as Army's head coach and downing visiting Ryerson, 3-2, at Tate Rink Friday night to open the 2004-05 campaign on an exciting note.
Anderson, who also assisted on Army's first goal of the evening, banged a shot past Ryerson goaltender Braden Deane on a scramble in front of the Rams' net sending the 1,483 spectators on hand for the opener into a frenzy. The freshman from Muskegon, Mich., finished with a goal and an assist for a plus-2 night in his first college game.
Ross Marshall had tied the game at 2-apiece just over four minutes into the third period for the visitors. However, Army goalie Brad Roberts and a stifling penalty killing unit successfully killed off three power play opportunities late in regulation to send the game into overtime.
For the Black Knights, the win was especially satisfying considering they outshot Ryerson, 40-17, in the contest. Roberts made 15 saves to pick up the win in goal for Army.
"Getting your first win is always toughest, more importantly for the team rather than me," Riley said. "Everybody worked hard and they were rewarded tonight. I was looking for a certain energy level and I was proud of their intensity."
Senior co-captain Chad Fifield started things off on the right foot with a power play goal 2:46 into the tilt. Fifield, who scorched the Rams for five points in a game last season, poked a shot past Rams starter Joel Schriver to put the hosts up early.
Ryerson's Chris Pethick would knot things up almost nine minutes later in the opening stanza, beating Roberts high over the shoulder on a break down the left-wing boards.
However, Chris Garceau restored the Black Knights' one-goal lead at 14:13 of the first period on a blast from right-hand faceoff circle while on the power play. That is the way things stood until Marshall's tying goal in the third period.
Garceau finished with one goal and two assists to lead Army in scoring. Freshman Chris Bilec registered his first college point, picking up an assist on Garceau's power play tally in the first.
"With all of those freshmen starting tonight, I guess it was only fitting that one of them scored the game-winner on overtime," Riley said.
Army and Ryerson will meet again Saturday night at Tate Rink. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.