Hockey To Face Holy Cross In Regular-Season Finale

Senior captain Brian Schultz


Senior captain Brian Schultz

Feb. 27, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The final weekend before playoff hockey has arrived. Army closes out the regular season with an Atlantic Hockey Association home-and-home series against Holy Cross. The Black Knights travel to Worcester, Mass., on Friday night before hosting the Crusaders for Senior Knight on Saturday. Both games are set for a 7:05 p.m. start and can be watched online via America One Sports. Army is fresh off a split last weekend against Connecticut, which enters the final weekend of the regular season tied for third in the AHA standings. Holy Cross swept AIC last weekend and moved into eighth place.

The Last Meeting
Holy Cross4
Army1
November 8, 2013
West Point, N.Y.
Second Period Surge Gives Holy Cross 4-1 Win Over Army
Army struck first, but Holy Cross scored four second-period goals en route to a 4-1 win over the home Black Knights in an Atlantic Hockey Association showdown on Friday night at Tate Rink. The Crusaders improve to 2-0-0 in AHA contests, while the Black Knights fall to 0-2-0.

This weekend marks the second and third games of the regular-season series between Army and Holy Cross. The Crusaders defeated the Black Knights, 4-1, on Nov. 8 at Tate Rink.

Mercyhurst locked up its first AHA regular-season title with 37 points. Bentley (32 points) is in second with Air Force (31) and UConn (31) tied for third place.

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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 next weekend, March 7-9. 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.

Army last advanced out of the first round with a quarterfinal series in 2008-09. Prior to that season, the Black Knights appeared in the AHA semifinals under head coach Brian Riley in 2007-08.

LAST TIME OUT: ARMY COMES UP SHORT AGAINST UCONN, 3-1
Feb. 22, 2014 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team came up on the short end of a 3-1 decision against visiting Connecticut in the second game of an Atlantic Hockey Association home-and-home series Saturday night at a sold-out Tate Rink. Three of the game's four goals, including the Black Knights' lone tally and a Huskies empty netter, came in a busy final 20 minutes of action.

Army (4-25-0, 4-21-0 AHA) defeated the Huskies 4-3 in Friday night's contest in Storrs, Conn. UConn (17-11-4, 14-8-3) entered the weekend tied for fourth place in the conference standings.

Making his third-straight start in goal, freshman Parker Gahagen made 27 saves, including 12 in the final period. He surrendered just two goals, matching a career-low for the Buffalo, N.Y., native.

Sophomore center Josh Roberts netted the Black Knights' lone goal of the evening and the second of his career. Senior captain Brian Schultz and junior alternate captain Mac Lalor assisted on the third-period tally.

UConn held a 30-28 advantage in shots and scored the game's lone power play goal. The Huskies went 1-of-5 on the PP and killed all three of Army's chances.

ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army heads into the final weekend of the regular season coming off a split with third-place Connecticut last weekend. The Black Knights snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory last Friday, Feb. 21, in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies escaped West Point, N.Y., with a 3-1 win the following evening. Five of the Black Knights' last six games have been decided by one goal.

The Black Knights are locked in last place in the AHA standings, and if the season ended today, would trek to No. 5 Robert Morris for the first round of the conference playoffs.

Freshman forward C.J. Reuschlein continues to lead Army with 18 points on the year. His 11 goals are tied for the most goals by any AHA rookie this season. Linemates Joe Kozlak and Clint Carlisle enter this weekend with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Kozlak had a six-game point scoring streak snapped last Saturday. Sophomore Willie Faust led all players and tied a career-best with two goals in last Friday's win at UConn. Faust has seven goals and five assists this season. Shane Hearn (11 points), Maurice Alvarez (11), Brian Schultz (11) and Andrew O'Leary (10) all own double-digit points on the year.

Junior Rob Tadazak has not played since late January due to injury, leaving goaltending duties up to rookies Parker Gahagen and Tanner Creel. Gahagen is coming off his most productive series yet, amassing 69 saves over two games last weekend. The Buffalo, N.Y., native came up with a career-high 42 stops in his first collegiate victory, a 4-3 win at UConn last Friday night. He earned AHA Honor Roll plaudits Tuesday based on his weekend performance. Gahagen has made seven starts, owns an .895 save percentage and a 3.96 goals-against average. Creel has made four starts this year and has a .833 save percentage and a 5.06 GAA.

SENIOR KNIGHT
Saturday night, Army will pay tribute to four cadets who have dedicated the last four years to the Army Hockey Family. The lone active senior on this year's roster, captain Brian Schultz  will play his final game in Tate Rink Saturday night. Schultz has played in all but one game this season, 122 in his career and owns 24 career points. Mike Santee played two seasons before multiple concussions ended his hockey career. He remained with the team in more of a managerial role and is a 2014 Hockey Humanitarian Award nominee. In addition, team managers Houston Carlson and Stephen Bartkowski will be honored on Senior Knight.

ARMY VS. HOLY CROSS: THE LAST MEETING
Nov. 8, 2013 | Tate Rink
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army struck first, but Holy Cross scored four second-period goals en route to a 4-1 win over the home Black Knights in an Atlantic Hockey Association showdown on Friday night at Tate Rink. The Crusaders improve to 2-0-0 in AHA contests, while the Black Knights fall to 0-2-0.

Army (0-5-0) rookie forward C.J. Reuschlein continued his standout start to the season with his third goal in the last four games. The Flint, Mich., native got the Black Knights on the board six minutes into the contest, while classmate Clint Carlisle picked up his first collegiate point on one of two assists. Sophomore right wing Joe Kozlak was credited with the other. Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made his fifth start of the year for the Black Knights. He played half the game before freshman Parker Gahagen stepped in midway through the second period.

Holy Cross (2-5-0) outshot Army by a 34-21 margin and scored on its only power play opportunity. Junior goaltender Matt Ginn made 20 saves in 60 minutes of work.

Tadazak (16 saves) and Gahagen (14) combined for 30 stops for the Black Knights.

ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross (11-18-3, 10-12-3 AHA) swept a home-and-home series with AIC last weekend and has won four out of its last five games. The Crusaders sit in eighth place in the conference standings.

Senior forward Adam Schmidt leads the team with 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists. Sophomore forward Matt Vidal is the Crusaders' next best scorer with 21 points on five goals and a team-best 16 assists.

The Crusaders enter this weekend ranked 10th in the AHA in scoring offense (2.44 goals per game) and fourth in scoring defense allowing 2.94 goals per game.

Junior goaltender Matt Ginn owns a 2.89 goals-against average to go with a .912 save percentage. He has started 29 games and is 8-18-3 on the year.

Holy Cross lands ninth on the power play (14.2 percent) and fifth in killing penalties (82 percent).

COACHING MILESTONE
Army head coach Brian Riley will be behind the bench for his 350th game on Friday night at Holy Cross. The previous 349 games account for his head coaching tenure. Riley also served as an assistant coach at Army from 1989-96 and again from 1999-2004.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Two of Army's last five games have required overtime and both resulted in one-goal losses. The Black Knights have played in three OT games this season and are 1-2 in those contests. In addition, Army has played in 16 games decided by two goals or less. The Black Knights are 2-5-0 in one-goal games and 1-7-0 in games decided by two goals.

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 has owned the No. 1 spot in the nation in both polls for the last three weeks. 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. 12 in the national polls.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
With an average age of 21 years old, Army is the youngest hockey team in the Atlantic Hockey Association. By class, the Black Knights are the second-youngest team in the country with a combined 21 freshmen and sophomores. Only Penn State has more with 22 underclassmen.

KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS
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WATCH ONLINE
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