ARMY WEST POINT Splits with Marauders
Posted on September 6th, 2015

LANCASTER, PA - Army West Point's 2015-2016 season opener blasted off like the academy's trademark Rocket cheer then fizzled in the second game. The Black Knights took the opener 5-2 then fell 5-4 to the D2 Millersville Marauders.

Game 1 (box score)
Army West Point's cadets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period after a physical start and early pressure from Millersville. Netminder Nico Candelmo stood tall and turned away several quality chances early. Defenseman James McNulty notched the first two goals, blasting a slapshot at 6:27 and then weaving through the Marauder defense for a second goal less than a minute later. Kyle Vogel put the Black Knights up 3-0 with a late powerplay tally at 19:55 of the first. First period assists went to Tyler Rettke, James Hess, Kyle Vogel, and Cory Miller.

Forward Joe Kramer pushed the advantage to 4-0 on an assist by Matt Ouellette before Millersville lit the lamp on a breakaway goal. Army West Point killed multiple powerplays in the period, holding Millersville shotless throughout the man-advantage situations. Play turned chippy in the period as Millersville grew frustrated with the cadets' physicality and dominance. Defenseman Zach Cohen lasered an outlet pass to newcomer Jimmy Callan, sending him on a late breakaway. Callan was pulled down and awarded a penalty shot, but the Marauder goalie stopped the try. 

With nothing to lose and Army West Point in a defensive posture, Millersville pressed the play in the third. Outshooting the Black Knights, Millersville scored a powerplay goal to pull within two goals. With the Marauder net empty and under a minute to play, Nick Curtin  put the final nail in the coffin with an empty netter.

Game 2 (box score)
Physical play continued in the series finale as Millersville looked to get even. Dan Curran got his first start in net and made several big saves early, stopping a 2-on-1 and shutting down a Millersville powerplay. Army West Point took an early lead as Drew Lysakowski scored on an even strength breakaway, assisted by Jimmy Callan and Nick Curtin. Millersville evened the score then Joe Kramer gave the cadet squad a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Kyle Vogel assisted on the second tally.

After a 4-on-4 to start the second, Millersville deposited a backhander top shelf to knot up the game 2-2. Several penalties put Army West Point in penalty kill mode and Millersville went up 3-2. Kyle Vogel provided the cadet response, sniping the handcuffed Marauder goaltender, from a nifty feed by Cory Miller. Shots were nearly even as the teams took a 3-3 tie into the third.

In the third, a back-and-forth defensive tilt featured strong goaltending by both sides. Army West Point failed to score on its fourth powerplay, going zero for four on the day. Forward Jimmy Callan took a 5-minute major penalty midway through the period and the Marauders capitalized, scoring twice on the non-releasable penalty. Trailing 5-3, Coach Loderstedt pulled Curran early and James McNulty brought the cadets within one goal with 2:19 remaining in a 6-on-5 situation. With the cadet net empty and less than a minute to play, the Marauder goaltender made a huge save. Pushing the play, Army West Point tallied an apparent game-tying goal but the referee disallowed it, ruling the Marauder goaltender and puck were pushed into the net illegally. Millersville took the series finale 5-4.

‚ÄčNotes: Army West Point outshot the Marauders 40-24 in game 1 but shots were nearly even in game 2...Millersville streamed a radio broadcast on cadet scorers and a goaltender, James McNulty, Kyle Vogel, Nick Curtin, and Dan Curran, played in their first ACHA games for Army West Point....Hockey Yall on Facebook previewed the series and posted game stories...the opener was ACHA's first game nationally in the 2015-2016 season...Millsersville University is the defending Colonial States College Hockey Conference champion, going 11-0-1 in league play in 2014-2015.

Posted in 2015_2016    Tagged with DII, Millersville, Nonleague

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