Road Sweep Opens Campaign
Posted on October 22nd, 2016

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA and NEWARK, DE - The road warrior ethos carried ARMY WEST POINT to a season-opening sweep against George Washington University and the University of Delaware September 24-25.

The Black Knights shows resiliency and a high-powered offensive attack in both games. In the opener against the Colonials at the Washington Capitals' Kettler IcePlex, George Washington took an early lead just 1:33 into the first period, but the men from the Hudson Valley struck back 90 seconds later. Austin Pearson hit the net for the season's first goal on assists from Max Kreig and freshman Jay Peterson. Drew Lysakowski gave the cadets a 2-1 lead on an unassisted tally.

George Washington opened the second period's scoring and tied up the contest. At 11:51 of the second, a freshman-to-freshman connection gave Jay Peterson his first ARMY WEST POINT goal on an assist from Jake Stachurski. The one-goal cadet lead vanished early in the third period as the Colonials knotted up the score 3-3. ARMY WEST POINT and George Washington traded goals, with the Black Knights' tally from Max Krieg (assist, Al Miller). Two straight cadet goals by Cory Miller and Mitch Deridder put the game out of reach and gave ARMY WEST POINT its first win of the season, 6-4.

In the Sunday matchup, the Black Knights took down last season's MACH league champion 8-6. The game was a track meet with both teams showing flashes of speed, capitalizing on odd-man rushes, and responding to scores. Al Miller gave the cadets an early first period lead, but the Blue Hens scored three straight goals until ARMY WEST POINT's Brendan Ward tallied with just over five minutes remaining.

ARMY WEST POINT turned the tables in the second period. After another early goal by the Blue Hens, three straight cadet plebe goals - two by Jay Peterson and one by Max Krieg - gave the Black Knights a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The third period belonged to Austin Pearson as he scored a natural hat-trick and earned MACH offensive player of the week honors. Netminder Jackson Farrington, another plebe, earned the victory.

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