Oct. 13, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two freshmen collected their first collegiate goals but #20 Maine twice came back from deficits and beat Army, 4-3, Saturday in the consolation game of the Ice Breaker Tournament at the Sprint Center.
Thane Heller and Luke Jenkins netted their first goals in an Army uniform and Josh Richards also scored but the Black Knights fell to 0-2-0.
Andy Starczewski, playing in his 100th career game for Army, was credited with an assist as was Zak Zaremba and Joe Kozlak. It marked Kozlak’s first career point as well.
Army goalie Rob Tadazak made 50 saves, including 21 in the third period.
Army and Maine were playing for the first time since 1992 and totaled 78 shots on goal.
Army took its first lead of the season five minutes into the contest. After a flurry a minute earlier, Heller knocked home a rebound from a Starczewski shot for a 1-0 Army lead. It was Heller’s first collegiate goal and the second assist of the season for Starczewski. Starczewski forced a turnover in the Maine end, got off a wrist shot and Heller put in the rebound.
The Black Knights increased their lead to 2-0 early in the second period. Zaremba won a faceoff and got the puck to Jenkins. Jenkins took a shot on goal from inside the face-off circle that was saved but he followed his shot and netted his first collegiate goal. It was the second assist of the season for Zaremba.
Army killed off its first penalty of the game a minute later and Tadazak kept it a two-goal game with a host of solid saves, including one in a 3-on-1 situation.
Maine, out of Hockey East, responded with a pair of goals in minute as Mark Anthoine and Klas Leidermark found the back of the net to knot the game at 2 with 7:25 left in the second period.
The Black Bears, ranked #20 in the latest uscho.com poll, took their first lead when Stu Higgins back-handed home a rebound for a 3-2 lead.
Army killed off another Maine power play opportunity and had a pair of chances as R.J. Burns and Zaremba got off shots but the period ended with the Black Bears leading 3-2.
The Black Knights knotted the game at 3 midway through the final period. Kozlak won a faceoff in the Maine end back to Richards. Richards fired off a wrist shot to tie the contest. It was the second career goal for Richards and the first collegiate assist for Kozlak.
Maine quickly re-took the lead with a Joey Diamond tally 55 seconds later. The goal was reviewed but stood for a 4-3 Maine advantage.
Army killed off a penalty and played the final three minutes short-handed because of a penalty. The Black Knights pulled Tadazak and used their timeout but were unable to get the tying goal.
Army will begin Atlantic Hockey Association play next weekend with a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart. Tickets are available for Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game at Tate Rink at www.goARMYsports.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.
GAMES NOTES: Army was the home team and wore its white sweaters … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, R.J. Burns and Zak Zaremba with Cheyne Rocha and John Clark on defense and Rob Tadazak in net … Tadazak made his 11th career start … Josh Roberts, Shane Hearn, Michael St. Denis and Jonathan Gehrt made their collegiate debuts … All 13 Army freshmen have appeared in at least one game this season … Major Stan Johnson served as the Office Representative.
#20 MAINE 4, ARMY 3
ARMY – Heller (Starczewski), 5:41
ARMY – Jenkins (Zaremba), 2:31
MAINE – Anthoine (unassisted), 11:24
MAINE – Leidermark (Merchant, Leen), 12:35
MAINE --- Higgins (Shore, Diamond), 13:51
ARMY – Richards (Kozlak), 9:01
MAINE -- Diamond (Higgins, Hutton), 9:56
Shots: Maine 54 (14-19-21); Army 24 (6-8-10)
Saves: Maine 21 (Morris, 60:00, 5-7-9); Army 50 (Tadazak, 59:24, 14-16-20; empty net, 00:36)
Power Plays: Maine, 0-3; Army, 0-1
Penalties: Maine, 2-4; Army, 5-21