Credit: New England Hockey Journal
Army hockey split their home and home with the Sacred Heart Pioneers over the weekend. Game 1 at Tate went to the Pioneers for the Knights third 4-2 loss in a row, but the Knights earned the win on the road, 4-1.
Game 1: 4-2 Loss vs Sacred Heart
Game 1 was an absolute blitz by the Pioneers. The Black Knights struggled to contain the offense, as Sacred Heart put 43 shots on net, forcing freshman netminder Jared Dempsey to make a career high 39 saves, 30 of which game in periods 2/3, where Dempsey saw 15 shots in each period. Period 1 ended with the Knights down by only 1, with Ryan Steele scoring for Sacred Heart at 13:24 of the first. Period 2, however, was where it fell apart for the Cadets. Brendan Soucie started off the period well for Army, scoring a powerplay goal to tie the game. That’s where the fun ended, as The Pioneers had a full house of goals in the second, an even strength goal by Marc Johnstone, followed by a powerplay goal by Austin Mcllmurray, and finished off with a shorthanded goal by Jason Cotton. The Knights simply had no answer in the 2nd for a strong Pioneers team. Trevor Fidler made it interesting in the 3rd with a powerplay goal, but that’s as close as the Knights got, and the game ended 4-2, the same exact score as the last 2 losses to Air Force. Army went 2 for 5 on the powerplay, but it wasn’t enough.
Game 2: 4-1 Win @ Sacred Heart
Game 2 was a much better game for the Black Knights. Army contained the Pioneers offense much better, only giving up 24 shots through 60 minutes. The Black Knights got off to a hot start, which is something that has been a struggle for them as of late. Dominic Franco netted 2 goals in the first period, the first on the powerplay, the 2nd coming with only 6 seconds left in the period, even strength. Sacred Heart would strike back at 11:34 in the 2nd, to end the period only down by 1, but that’s as close as they came to Army. The Cadets scored twice in the third, including another PP goal, and the game ended 4-1. The 2 goals are worth looking at, as the Powerplay goal from Evancho was a beautiful passing play.
Higgins also unleashed this absolute snipe that beat Sacred Heart’s netminder far side.
Not to be outshined by Franco, both Dalton MacAfee and Alex Wilkinson ended the game with 2 assists each, meaning 3 Army players ended the game with at least 2 points. Of interesting note: Trevin Kozlowski started the game and made 16 saves through 40 minutes, but did not start the 3rd. Jared Dempsey started the 3rd in relief, and made 7 saves in relief. Kozlowski was credited with the win. It was not mentioned on Twitter, nor in the game recap as to why Kozlowski did not finish the game. If an update is posted relevant to any sort of injury or anything, I will post an update.
The Bottom Line
Army Overall Record: 5-5-1
Overall Points: 11 points
Conference Record: 4-3-1
Conference Points: 9
Conference standing: 2nd place behind Air Force (3 conference points back, 1 overall point back)
Next 2 games: Away at Bentley November 16th, 7:05 PM
Away at Bentley November 17th, 5:05 PM
Bentley Record: 2-6-1