Army splits third series in a row: This time with Niagara

The Black Knights are nothing if not consistent this season, splitting their third series in a row. Special teams had quite an interesting weekend, faltering on Friday and starring on Saturday.

Game 1

Game 1 saw the Black Knights special teams take a hit, as they gave up a powerplay goal, and a shorthanded goal in the same game. Ryan Cox opened the scoring in the 2nd for the Purple Eagles, at 10:36. The Eagles would strike again, at 19:01 of the 2nd with a  powerplay goal by Dylan Mills. Army was able to hold the Eagles off for most of the 3rd, before surrendering a shorthanded goal at 18:18. Granted, the goal was an empty net short handed goal, but still, with a 6 on 4 in a 2 goal game late, that’s clutch time for special teams, and the PP could not get it done. Funnily enough, the Cadets would also strike on that powerplay, with a tally by Mason Kreuger just 21 seconds later. That was all the Knights could muster, however, and would fall 3-1. Niagara had just 2 powerplays, but scored on 1, and the Knights 3 powerplays managed to go even, scoring once and giving up a shorty. Jared Demspey had a solid game between the pipes, saving 29 of 32 shots for a .906 save percentage.

Game 2

Welcome to the Dominic Franco and Colin Bilek show everyone. Bilek bookended a hat trick by Franco, whose 3 goals all game in the 2nd period. Bilek opened the scoring on the powerplay at 9:47 of the first period. The period ended with the Knights up 1-0. Then, Franco came out in the 2nd to put up a big 3, 2 of which came on the powerplay. His goals came at :33, 18:38, and 19:26. Only a goal by Jared Brandt at 8:21 stopped Franco from getting the natty hatty, but that was all Niagara had for the Knights. Bilek buried his 2nd of the game at 10:35 of the 3rd, and the Cadets skated off Tate 5-1 victors. Not to be ignored, Zach Evancho posted a 3 assist game, while Dalton MacAfee posted 2 of his own. MacAfee now has 13 assists on the year, combined with his 2 goals for 15 points in 15 games. That guy can dish the puck with the best of them. This game was total domination by Army, who nearly doubled the Purple Eagles shots. Army put up 34 shots to Niagara’s 18. Army’s PK went 4 for 4, and the powerplay went 3 for 6. This game also snapped Niagara’s 6 game unbeaten streak (5 wins, 1 tie)
Relive Franco’s hat trick courtesy of Army Hockey’s Twitter


The Bottom Line

Army Overall Record: 7-7-1
Overall Points: 15 points
Conference Record: 6-5-1
Conference Points: 13
Conference standing: 2nd place behind Niagara (2 conference points back)
Next 2 games: 2 Home games vs Canisus
November 30th at 7:05PM
December 1st at 4:05PM
Canisus Conference record: 4-6-1
Canisus Overall record: 5-7-1
Noteworthy: Canisus only has 1 win over their last 5 games. (3 losses, 1 tie, 1 win)
Noteworthy: Jared Dempsey has started the last 4 games for Army, allowing 10 goals over those 4 games (2.5 average)

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