Army Set To Face Bentley Friday, Saturday

Luke Jenkins

Luke Jenkins

Feb. 12, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, Atlantic Hockey Association teams are down to crunch time jockeying for playoff positioning. Army heads into this weekend's series against Bentley looking to snap an 11-game losing skid. The Falcons, meanwhile, enter the series in second place in the AHA. Army will host Bentley for Bring Your Date To Tate on Valentine's Day Friday before heading to Waltham, Mass., for Saturday night's affair. Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start times and can be watched online at www.americaone.com.

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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.

LAST TIME OUT: AIC STEALS 5-4 OVERTIME WIN AT ARMY
Feb. 8, 2014 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After Army's Zak Zarembasent the game into overtime with his second goal in two nights, AIC netted the game-winner just 14 seconds into the extra session to steal a 5-4 road win in the second game of a home-and-home weekend series Saturday night at Tate Rink.

The Black Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and overcame a 4-2 deficit with a pair of third-period goals to force overtime. Zaremba, Josh Roberts, Willie Faust and Joe Kozlak all scored for the Black Knights. Andrew O'Leary tallied a pair of assists en route to his first career multiple-point game.

Army (3-22-0, 3-18-0 AHA) outshot the Yellow Jackets 40-35 and held a 12-10 advantage in blocks. AIC (9-18-1, 8-12-1 AHA) went 2-for-2 on the power play and got five goals from five different players en route to the victory.

ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army heads into this weekend's contest looking to snap an 11-game losing stretch. During that time, the Black Knights picked up a 5-2 exhibition win at Canadian rival Royal Military College on Jan. 25. Army's victories have come against Sacred Heart, AIC and most recently Canisius. The Black Knights have outshot their opponents in six of the last 10 games, but have been unable to translate that effort into goals.

Freshmen forwards C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle, along with sophomore Joe Kozlak, lead the team with 13 points each. Kozlak scored a goal and picked up an assist during last weekend's series against AIC. Reuschlein's eight goals are tied for the most goals scored by any rookie in the AHA so far this season, while Carlisle is one of three Army players to play in all 25 games this season. Sophomore forward Shane Hearn and junior forward Zak Zaremba follow with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Zaremba scored a goal in both of last weekend's games.

Junior Rob Tadazak has not played since late January due to injury, leaving goaltending duties up to rookies Parker Gahagen and Tanner Creel. Gahagen has gotten the nod as of late, getting the start in both of last weekend's contests. The Buffalo, N.Y., native owns an .886 save percentage and a 4.28 goals-against average. Creel has made three starts this year and has a .833 save percentage and a 4.57 GAA.

ARMY VS. BENTLEY: THE LAST MEETING
Nov. 2, 2013 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Falling victim to a slow start for the second night in a row, the Army hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to visiting Bentley on Saturday night in the Black Knights' home opener at Tate Rink. Both teams' second Atlantic Hockey Association contest, the Black Knights fell to 0-2-0 and Bentley (1-1-0) picked up its first conference win.

Army (0-4-0) gave up two first-period goals, forcing the Black Knights to play catch-up for much of the contest. Sophomore forward Shane Hearn and classmate Willie Faust each netted a second-period goal to help the cause, but it was not enough to overcome the Falcons, who improved to 2-6-0 overall.

Bentley held a 45-36 advantage on shots, while Army junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made a season-high 40 saves in his fourth start of the year. Brendan Komm made 34 saves for the Falcons, 29 of which came in the final two periods. Bentley went 2-of-4 on the power play, including one late in the third period to put the game out of Army's reach.

ABOUT THE FALCONS
Bentley enters this weekend's series sitting in second place in the AHA standings with 28 points. The Falcons represent the league's top power play (25 percent) and penalty kill (86 percent) units, while ranking second in both scoring offense (3.25 goals per game) and scoring defense (2.54).

Senior forward Brett Gensler leads the team with 37 points on 17 goals and 20 assists. Juniors Alex Grieve (17-15-32) and Steve Weinstein (1-31-32) are tied for seventh among the league's leading scorers. Sophomore forward Andrew Gladiuk, who leads the league with 12 power play goals, ties Gensler and Grieve with 17 goals on the year. Freshman Max French is fourth among the AHA's freshmen with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists.

Senior goaltender Branden Komm ranks second in the AHA with a .928 save percentage. His 2.34 goals-against average land third.

GOING FOR GOLD
As the 2014 Sochi Olympics get underway this weekend in Russia, Army fans will be reminicent of the 1960 Squaw Valley games when former head coach Jack Riley mentored Team USA to the gold medal. Riley coached at West Point from 1951-86 and is the father of current Army head coach Brian Riley. Additionally, Larry Palmer, West Point Class of 1959, was a back-up goaltender for Team USA in 1960. Palmer is Army's only hockey Olympian.

SHOOTING BLANKS
Army has outshot nine of its opponents this season and is 3-6 in those contests. The Black Knights have outshot Mercyhurst (Jan. 3-4), RIT (Jan. 17-18) and AIC (Feb. 7-8) in both games of recent weeekend series but have come up short in all six games. Overall, Army has outshot four of its last six opponents.

SCHEDULE STRENGTH
Two of Army's four non-league opponents this season are ranked in the top 10 of both national polls. The Black Knights lost at perennial powerhouse Boston College, which was ranked eighth in both polls at the time of the Nov. 10 game, but took over the No. 1 spot in the nation in both polls this week. The Black Knights later welcomed then-No. 5/5 Providence to Tate Rink on Dec. 20 in their final game of 2013. The Friars currently come in at No. 9 in the national polls.

KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Do you keep tabs on everything Army hockey? If so, 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 will play an AHA home-and-home series against Connecticut, currently tied with Air Force for third place in the league standings, Feb. 21 and 22. The Black Knights visit the Huskies next Friday, night before welcoming them to Tate Rink for a Saturday night showdown.

Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. and are available to watch online at americaone.com (subscription fees apply). Friday night's game at UConn will air on the Army Sports Network, which is carried on WALL 1340-AM and WEOK 1490-AM in the Hudson Valley, along with 92.5 WBLR-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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