Scrimmage Marks Start Of Hockey Season

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Oct. 3, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - The Army hockey team will officially begin its 2012-13 season Saturday with the annual Black vs. Gold scrimmage at Tate Rink. The game will get underway at approximately 3:45, an hour after the Army vs. Boston College football game, which kicks off at noon.

Head coach Brian Riley expects a competitive Black-Gold scrimmage with three 15-minute periods as the team gets ready to open its season next week in Kansas City, Mo.

Riley, now in his ninth season behind the Army bench, has a roster that is nearly half freshmen and will have just three practices next week before the team departs. The NCAA mandates the start of practice.

Army will open its season Oct. 12 in the 16th annual Icebreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., against Nebraska-Omaha and then play either Notre Dame or Maine. NBC Sports Network will carry both games on Friday and the championship contest the following day.

The NCAA mandates the start of practice.

Saturday's scrimmage will include three periods and have a few differences from a game. The team will not return to the locker room after warm-ups, the referees will just drop the puck to start the contest. At the start of the second period, each team will have a five-minute power play and then the teams will skate 4-on-4 for the final third of the period. Penalties will be called at all times.


Army has seven seniors, a pair of juniors and five sophomores on its roster and Riley will count on their veteran status.

Senior Cheyne Rocha will serve as team captain and is expected to anchor the defense after missing parts of his junior season due to injury.

Classmates Ryan Leets and Andy Starczewski will serve as alternate captains, along with junior Brian Schultz.

Leets has played 42 games in goal with a career 3.30 goals against average and .899 save percentage. Matt Walsh will help back-up Leets in goal.

Starczewski is the top returning scorer after netting 13 goals and 11 assists in his junior campaign. In 99 career games, he has 28 goals and 25 assists with 12 power play tallies.

Seniors Cody Ikkala and John Clark will help anchor the defense as well. Clark has appeared in 96 games during his career with 14 assists while Ikkala has suited up for 69 contests with one goal and five assists.

Schultz and Mike Santee comprise the junior class. Schultz has two goals and four assists in 61 career games, while Santee has nine goals and 10 assists in 53 games.  Santee missed the 2011-12 season after an injury.

The five-member sophomore class picked up plenty of experience last year. Rob Tadazak played in eight games in goal with a .908 save percentage while Zak Zaremba scored five goals and handed out six assists in his first year. Josh Richards scored one goal and had an assist in 20 games. Maurice Alvarez and Mac Lalor logged plenty of minutes as defensemen. Alvarez netted five goals and nine assists in 33 games and Lalor totaled four goals and six assists in 31 contests.

The freshmen class features defensemen James McNulty, Christian Pomarico, Jonathan Gehrt and Luke Jenkins and forwards Andrew O'Leary, Kyle Vogel, Joe Kozlak, R.J. Burns, Michael St. Denis, Thane Heller, Shane Hearn, Willie Faust and Josh Roberts.

Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the Black Knights at Tate Rink, on the road and on national television.

Army will play 17 games at Tate Rink with dates against Penn State, Royal Military College and the Russian Junior All-Stars as well as Atlantic Hockey Association opponents Sacred Heart, American International, Niagara, Robert Morris, RIT and Connecticut.

For the 10th consecutive year, the Army hockey team will appear on national television and during the 2012-13 season, as many as four times.

CBS Sports Network announced that the Black Knights' games against Air Force and Robert Morris will be carried live as part of the Atlantic Hockey Association package.

In addition, Army will appear on the NBC Sports Network when it opens the season at the Ice Breaker.

Army's game against Robert Morris at Tate Rink on Jan. 4, 2013, will be shifted to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate the CBS Sports Network broadcast, while the Jan. 12 contest at Air Force will be moved to 6 p.m. Eastern as Army continues its long tradition of playing on national television.

Season tickets and single-game tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at goARMYsports.com, by phone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY on in person at the Army Ticket Office.

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