Black Knights Resume AHA Play At Robert Morris

Alternate captain Mac Lalor

Alternate captain Mac Lalor

Jan. 30, 2014

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Army returns to Atlantic Hockey play with a series at Robert Morris this weekend. The Black Knights are hoping to carry momentum over from an emotional 5-2 exhibition win at Canadian rival Royal Military College last Saturday in Kingston, Ont. More importantly, Army is looking to pick up valuable points as the final month of the regular season draws near. Robert Morris is coming off a sweep at Air Force last weekend and sits in fifth place in the AHA standings.

The Black Knights hosted the Colonials for last season's series, in which the teams split at Tate Rink. Robert Morris came in ranked 19th in the country at the time.

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After enjoying a seven-game homestand stretching December and into the first two weeks of the New Year, Army is halfway through its longest road stretch, a six-game swing from Jan. 17 through a Feb. 7 conference clash at American International. The Black Knights' next home contest will close out the AIC home-and-home series on Saturday, Feb. 8.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Despite suffering a pair of league losses in their last AHA outing at RIT, the Black Knights outshot the Tigers in both games - 35-34 on Friday night and 40-34 in Saturday's tilt. Army has outshot four of its last six opponents (Mercyhurst twice and RIT twice) and held a combined 137-114 advantage in those four contests.

LAST TIME OUT: ARMY TAKES DOWN CANADIAN RIVAL RMC IN EXHIBITION TILT
Jan. 25, 2014 | Rogers K-Rock Centre
KINGSTON, Ont. - Making its first visit to Canada since 2006, the Army hockey team got a pair of goals out of junior Maurice Alvarez and collected a 5-2 victory over Royal Military College to capture the Challenge Cup for the third-straight year as the rivals clashed in an exhibition contest Saturday night at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont.

While Alvarez provided highlights with a pair of scores, Garret Peterson, Andrew O'Leary and Luke Jenkins also netted goals en route to the Army victory. Collecting assists were Mac Lalor, Willie Faust, C.J. Reuschlein, Joe Kozlak, Kyle Vogel and Zak Zaremba.

The Black Knights fell into an early 1-0 hole and later battled back from a 2-2 tie with a three-goal third period to seal the win. Three of Army's five goals came on the power play.

Army outshot the Paladins all night and finished with a 37-18 advantage in shots on goal. Making his second career start, rookie goaltender Parker Gahagen made 16 saves in his first win of the season. RMC's Evan Deviller totaled 32 stops for the Paladins.

ALVAREZ HONORED WITH AAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior defenseman Maurice Alvarez scored twice in a 5-2 victory at Canadian rival Royal Military College last Saturday night, which led to his first career Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week citation.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native got the Black Knights on the board early in the second period and added a second goal midway through the third for a game-high two goals. Alvarez registered a hat trick in a road win at American International earlier this season and now owns three career multiple point games.

Alvarez, who played two years of junior hockey for Canada's Pembroke Lumberkings, is the first hockey player to be honored with AAA weekly accolades since classmate Rob Tadazak on Jan. 7, 2013.

ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army opened a six-game road swing with a pair of AHA losses at RIT two weeks ago at Frank Ritter Arena. After dropping the first game 6-0, the Black Knights rebounded for a much closer 4-3 setback Saturday night. Army outshot the Tigers in both games and both teams were unsuccessful on penalty shots. The Black Knights have outshot their opponents in four of the last six games, but have lost seven-straight contests.

Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein leads the team with 11 points on eight goals and three assists. Coming off his first multiple-point game (1G, 1A) at RIT, his eight goals lead all AHA freshmen. Classmate Clint Carlisle is second on the team with five goals and five assists for 10 points. Carlisle leads the team with three power play goals and has scored a goal in three of the last five games. The pair has made up two-thirds of Army's top line for much of the season. Linemate Joe Kozlak is coming off his fifth multiple-point game with a goal and an assist in the team's last AHA outing at RIT. He is tied with sophomore classmate Shane Hearn with nine points on the year.

In goal, junior Rob Tadazak has started all but three games this season. He owns a 4.28 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage. Freshman Tanner Creel has started two of the last five games and is allowing 3.50 goals per game and has an .870 save percentage. Creel turned away a career-high 30 shots at RIT last Saturday night. Rookie Parker Gahagen (5.27 GAA, .865 SV%) has appeared in three games and made one start. Gahagen started and got the win in last Saturday's exhibition game at RMC.

INSIDE THE SERIES
Army and Robert Morris met for the first time in the 2010-11 season, the Colonials' first as members of the Atlantic Hockey Association. The teams are deadlocked in a 2-2-2 tie in the overall series. Army is 2-1-1 when playing at home and is in search of its first win at Robert Morris this weekend.

ABOUT THE COLONIALS
Robert Morris sits in fifth place in the current AHA standings with 19 points. The Colonials picked up four points against fourth-place Air Force last weekend in Colorado.

Junior forward Chris Wydo tops the team and ranks 10th in the conference with 26 points (16G, 10A). Right behind him is sophomore forward Zac Lynch with 23 points (11G, 13A). Lynch's four short-handed points are tied for first in the AHA.

Sophomore goaltender Terry Shafer anchors the defense with a .912 save percentage and a 3.03 goals-against average.

The Colonials are the league's fourth-best scoring offense (3.00 goals per game) and are tied for sixth in scoring defense (3.12 goals per game). Robert Morris lands third in the league in penalty minutes and are last in the AHA on the penalty kill (72.5 percent).

HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN
The 2014 nominees for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award were announced on Jan. 16, and included among them is Army senior Mike Santee. One of college hockey's most prestigious awards, the HHA is presented during the Frozen Four.

After suffering multiple concussions in his first two years at the Academy, Santee can no longer play the sport that he loves. Rather than departing the Academy, he chose to stay, complete his 47-month journey and assist the hockey team in any way that he can. Chief among those items is serving as serving as the team's community service liaison for nearly all team involvement. This includes, but is not limited to, Neighborhood Knights, Team IMPACT and Toys for Tots. For a complete list of nominees, please visit www.hockeyhumanitarian.org.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
The 2014 Atlantic Hockey Tournament will feature the same format as last year. The top four teams receive a bye into the quarterfinals with seeds 5-8 hosting seeds 9-12 in a best two-out-of-three first round series starting Friday, March 7. The first round winners will then be re-seeded and travel to the top four seeds for a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series, which will begin Friday, March 14.

The four winners will then travel to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. with the highest remaining seed facing the lowest remaining seed in the first semifinal, with the other two remaining seeds facing off in the second semifinal on Friday, March 21.

The two semifinal winners will then face-off in the championship game on Saturday, March 22, with the NCAA Tournament automatic berth on the line.

KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Do you keep tabs on everything Army hockey? If not, be sure to follow the team on Twitter @Army_Hockey and like Army Hockey at West Point on Facebook for exclusive content and up-to-date news. Fans are also highly encouraged to check out Knight Vision for free hockey video features and more at www.goARMYsports.com.

WHAT'S NEXT
Army and American International entertain a home-and-home series, Feb. 7 and 8. The Black Knights visit the Yellow Jackets next Friday night before welcoming them to Tate Rink on Saturday evening. Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. and are available to watch online at americaone.com (subscription fees apply).

Next Saturday night, fans can listen live to the Army call on Knight Vision (goARMYsports.com) for a nominal subscription fee. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, Saturday's game will be aired live on 1340 WALL-AM and 1380 WEOK-AM as well as 92.5 WBLH-FM in Watertown, N.Y.

Scoring updates will be available both nights on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey, as well as access to live statistics by visiting the hockey schedule page of goARMYsports.com.

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