Army Hangs Tough In 4-1 Setback To No. 5 Providence

Freshman Kyle Plageman

Freshman Kyle Plageman

Dec. 20, 2013

Final Stats

WEST POINT, N.Y. - In the first meeting since a 4-4 tie in January 2000 and the only men's college hockey game played Friday night, No. 5/5 Providence scored a 4-1 road win at Army in a non-conference showdown in front of 1,725 fans at Tate Rink.

Army (3-12-0) hung tough behind junior goaltender Rob Tadazak, who made a season-best 42 saves in a standout effort. Freshman center Kyle Plageman netted his first collegiate goal, accounting for the Black Knights' lone score on the night in the third period.

The second top 10 team Army has faced during non-conference play this season, Providence (12-2-3) used three third-period goals to break open what had been a one-goal game after two periods.

"This was a tough week for us with TEES (Term-End Exams) going on here at West Point," said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley. "But I'm not at all surprised with our guys' effort tonight. Despite not having an abundance of team practice time this week, they just went out and played Army hockey against one of the top teams in the country. I couldn't be more proud of them for that."

The Friars held a 46-20 advantage in shots, but a gritty Army effort kept the visitors in check nearly all evening. Four different Providence players scored goals in the team's 13th victory of the year.

Army killed off an early penalty and had a couple of chances over the opening minutes of the contest but the teams remained scoreless at the midway point. Rookie center Clint Carlisle had a near miss 13 minutes into action for the Black Knights' best scoring chance of the period. Army went on to stand tall in a first period in which Tadazak made 11 saves to help preserve a 0-0 score at the end of 20 minutes.

Providence broke the silence 1:30 into the second period as sophomore Trevor Mingoia beat Tadazak for his first goal of the season. Soon after the Black Knights were gifted their first power play chance of the evening, but could not cash in on the only extra-man opportunity of the period for either club. Following the Friars' first goal, the teams proceeded to play through 18:30 of scoreless hockey as Providence held a 1-0 lead at the second intermission.

The Friars came out hot in the third, netting two shorthanded goals over the opening two minutes to take a 3-0 lead early in the final stanza. Army spoiled the shutout with a goal 13:33 into the period, however, as Plageman deflected the puck past Providence goaltender Nick Ellis on assists from sophomore Andrew O'Leary and junior alternate captain Mac Lalor. Holding a 3-1 lead, the Friars scored on an empty net with 1:20 left in the game to provide the final 4-1 score.

Army breaks for the holidays before returning to the ice for back-to-back AHA weekend series against Mercyhurst (Jan. 3-4) and Air Force (Jan. 10-11).

Fans can watch the games online via America ONE Sports or listen to the Army call on Knight Vision. Subscription fees apply for both online offerings. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the game will be aired live on 1340 WALL and 1380 WEOK. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.

In addition, the Jan. 3 Mercyhurst game and the Jan. 11 Air Force contest will be aired live on Time Warner SportsChannel. Army versus Air Force on Friday, Jan. 10, will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

ame Notes: Providence holds a 19-8-1 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to 1952 ...  Army starters included Brian Schultz, Maurice Alvarez, Willie Faust, Ryan Nick, Mac Lalor and Rob Tadazak ... the Black Knights donned their white sweaters ... Providence dressed three NHL draft picks Friday night ... Army Athletics held the second annual Teddy Bear Toss in support of Toys For Tots ... during the first intermission, fans tossed various stuffed animals onto the Tate Rink ice, which were then collected and donated to the organization ... Providence is the second top 10 team Army has faced this season, joining Boston College, which was ranked No. 8 in both national polls at the time of the Nov. 10 contest ... the Black Knights are in the midst of Term End Exams (TEES), which conclude on Saturday, Dec. 21.

#5 PROVIDENCE 4, ARMY 1
PC                 0-1-3 - 4
ARMY             0-0-1 - 1

First Period:
None

Second Period:
PC -  Mingoia (Jankowski), 1:30

Third Period:
PC - Rooney (Jankowski), 1:19 SH
PC - Acciari (McParkland), 1:56 SH
ARMY - Plageman (O'Leary, Lalor), 13:33
PC - Luke (Saracino, Mauermann), 18:40 EN

Shots: Providence 46 (11-19-16); Army 20 (7-8-5)
Saves:
Providence 19 (Ellis, 60:00, 7-8-4); Army 42 (Tadazak, 59:25, 11-18-13; empty net, 0:35)
Power Plays:
Providence, 0-4; Army, 0-3
Penalties:
Providence, 3-6; Army, 4-8
Attendance:
1,725

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