Oct. 30, 2004
HAMILTON, N.Y.-Luke Flicek snapped a shot over the shoulder of Colgate goaltender Mark Dekanich at 12:23 of the third period and Army held off a desperate Raiders squad the rest of the way to stun Colgate, 3-2, Saturday night at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y.
Flicek's first career marker completed a come-from-behind victory for the Black Knights and gave the visitors their first win ever at historic Starr Rink. Army's win ended a four-game winless spell on the year and shattered a 16-game winless streak against ECACHL power Colgate (5-2-0) in the process. It was the Black Knights' first win over Colgate since Jan. 30, 1987 when they were still members of the ECAC.
"This was a great experience for our players," Army head coach Brian Riley said after collecting his first NCAA victory. "We said all along that we wanted to make it to the last 20 minutes with a chance to win. I think when Flicek scored his goal, the pressure shifted toward them."
Army (3-3-1) trailed the hosts 2-1 entering the final frame. David Andros, who notched a third-period tally Friday night at Cornell, evened things up at 2:37. From there, the Black Knights kept pressing and looking for their opportunity. Flicek picked up his magic moment midway through off assists from Corey Rudd
and Chris Bilec
The win was the biggest victory for the Black Knights' program in more than a decade. The Raiders came into Saturday's contest listed among others receiving votes in both national polls.
Treye Kettwick turned in another spectacular performance in goal for Army, making 29 saves to pick up his first career victory in only four starts. The sophomore netminder stopped 11 shots in both the first and third periods.
"What can you say about Treye," Riley said. "He had been waiting for this opportunity a long time. I feel good for him."
In a penalty-marred first period, Marc Fulton got the Raiders on top with a power play marker at 12:17 for the only tally of the opening stanza.
Seth Beamer tied things up at one apiece with a power play goal of his own 9:56 into the second period. However, Adam Mitchell put the Raiders back on top at 14:45 of the frame to give Colgate a one-goal advantage heading into the third period.
Dekanich made 10 saves in his first start of the season. Colgate outshot the Black Knights by a lopsided 31-13 margin. It was the play of Kettwick and his defense in front of him that let the Black Knights hang around and pull off the upset.
Freshman center Jeff Fearing chipped in two assists for the Black Knights.
Army returns to action Friday, Nov. 6 at Tate Rink with a 7 p.m. contest against Atlantic Hockey rival Mercyhurst.