Broncs Buck Army Win Streak
Posted on January 26th, 2015

Lawrenceville, NJ - Rider struck for a late goal after a furious Army comeback, posting a 7-6 win to end the Cadets' 7-game win streak. The Army loss evened up the weekend series after a 5-1 win over the Rider squad Saturday night. It was the West Point squad's first loss since late October.

Responding to the Army dominance in game 1 of the series, Rider entered Sunday's game 2 with an urgent posture. Army goaltender Nico Candelmo, riding a hot-streak and 5-1 win on Saturday, started the Sunday tilt but left the game early with a lower body injury. Alexander Witz relieved Candelmo but an Army penalty led to a Rider powerplay goal and 1-0 lead. Thane Heller evened the score at 1-1 on an assist from Alex Miller. Rider outshot the Cadets 17-10 in the period.

Rider notched another early goal in the second, but Army responded on the powerplay with Heller scoring his second (assist by Mitch DeRidder). Rider struck back with three goals, one on the powerplay, to take a 5-2 lead into the second intermission.

Army's Cadets showed grit in the third period and mounted a furious comeback aided by Rider penalties. Michael St. Denis cut the lead to 5-3 with a powerplay goal ast 19:27 (Heller, assist). After a successful penalty kill, Matthew Riehl took over and scored his first of the game on a 5-on-3 advantage then tied the game up with a second goal on a 5-on-4 powerplay.

With the score tied 5-5, an Army slashing penalty put the Cadet squad on the penalty kill at 9:15 of the third. Rider took advantage and reestablished a 6-5 lead. Thane Heller's second goal of the game drew West Point back to 6-6 and overtime seemed certain until Rider netted the game winner with one minute remaining. Witz vacated the Army net and, with an extra skater on the ice, Army threatened to tie the game but came up empty.

Army travels to the D.C. area for a pair of games against Georgetown (Jan. 30) and George Washington (Jan. 31).

Posted in 2014_2015    Tagged with DII, Rider, Loss

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