Nov. 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Rookie forward C.J. Reuschlein scored a goal for the second game in a row, while sophomore forward Andrew O’Leary netted his first of the season as Army suffered a 4-2 loss at Connecticut on Friday night at the Huskies’ Freitas Ice Forum. The game marked the Atlantic Hockey Association opener for both teams.
Playing its third road game of the season, Army (0-3-0, 0-1-0 AHA) fell into an early hole and watched UConn (1-2-1, 1-0-1) hold on for its first win of the year.
The Black Knights surrendered two goals in a 16-second span during a tough first period for the road team. Army retaliated, however, registering two scores of its own in the second and out-shooting the Huskies 21-15 over the final two periods. Clinging to a 3-2 lead midway through the third, UConn scored the all-important insurance goal at the 8:40 mark and held off the Black Knights the rest of the way.
Army went 0-for-5 on the power play, while killing two of the Huskies’ three chances. Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak played all but the final minute and made 27 saves. UConn starting net-minder Matt Grogan made 24 saves in the victory.
UConn did its damage early and often with back-to-back goals scored 16 seconds apart just four minutes into the action. The first took a strange bounce and slipped past Tadazak, while the Huskies caught the Black Knights sleeping after the ensuing faceoff and took a quick 2-0 lead. The teams proceed to play the remaining 15-plus minutes of the period scoreless, as UConn to enter the locker room with a 2-0 lead.
A late Heller penalty in the opening period put the Huskies on the power play for the first 1:35 of the second, which proved to be a reinvigorated frame for Army. The Black Knights successfully killed the penalty and got a boost from Reuschlein as the Army plebe put the puck on goal and managed to squeak it past Grogan 3:49 into the period. Senior captain Brian Schultz tallied his first point of the season on the assist.
UConn wasted little time retaking a two-goal advantage, however, as Trevor Gerling netted his second of the night 4:58 into the period and gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead. The scoring barrage continued, but once again shifted Army’s way as O’Leary netted his first of the season at the 8:24 mark. Making his season debut, O’Leary snared a pass from classmate Shane Hearn after officials waved off an icing call and allowed the Black Knights to trim the deficit to 3-2. Junior alternate captain Mac Lalor was credited with the second assist.
The teams skated the remaining eight minutes scoreless, despite two Army power play chances – the final coming with 1:27 remaining in the period.
The Black Knights then played much of the first three minutes of the third on the power play, thanks to back-to-back UConn penalties stretching the two frames. Army peppered Grogan with shots, but could not notch the equalizer. The Huskies, meanwhile, cashed in on their first power play of the period as Billy Latta beat Tadazak high 8:30 in and gave the home team a 4-2 lead. The goal proved to be too much for Army to overcome as time got away from the Black Knights.
Army makes its home debut tomorrow night, welcoming AHA foe Bentley to Tate Rink for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff. The Black Knights went 1-1-1 against the Falcons during the 2012-13 campaign. Fans can watch the game on www.americaONEsports.com or listen via Knight Vision at goARMYsports.com, along with 1340 WALL and 1380 WEOK in the Hudson Valley.
Tickets remain for Opening Knight at Tate Rink. Fans can purchase and print at home online via www.goARMYsports.com/tickets or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY. The Army Ticket Office windows, located just outside Tate Rink, will open at 5 p.m. on game day. A 2013-14 Army schedule poster giveaway is planned, along with the first postgame Skate with the Black Knights of the season. Fans wishing to participate need to bring their own skates and store them under their seats during the game.
Game Notes: Sophomore forward Andrew O’Leary made his season debut … Army moved to 28-24-8 in its all-time series with UConn, which dates back to the first meeting on Feb. 24, 1969 … tonight marked the first of 10 November games for the Black Knights … classmates Maurice Alvarez and Zak Zaremba contributed interviews to the Army Sports Network broadcast … Flint, Mich., native C.J. Reuschlein now leads Army with two goals this season … Alvarez, Zaremba, Josh Richards, Mac Lalor, Jonathan Gehrt and Rob Tadazak made the start for Army.
UCONN 4, ARMY 2
UCONN 2-1-1 -- 4
ARMY 0-2-0 – 2
UCONN - Pauly (Kirtland, Gerling), 4:00
UCONN – Gerling (Kirtland), 4:16
ARMY - Reuschlein (Schultz), 3:49
UCONN – Gerling, 4:58
ARMY – O’Leary (Hearn, Lalor), 8:24
UCONN - Latta (Gerling, Cooke), 8:30 PP
Shots: UConn 31 (16-4-11); Army 26 (5-14-7)
Saves: UConn 24 (Grogan, 60:00, 5-12-7); Army 27 (Tadazak, 59:01, 14-3-10; empty net, 0:59)
Power Plays: UConn 1-3; Army, 0-5
Penalties: UConn, 5-10; Army, 3-6