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Posted on September 11th, 2016

ARLINGTON, VA, Kettler IcePlex - In an event to honor those who perished and those who served after 9/11, ARMY WEST POINT Club Hockey played with passion and resolve. Kicking off the 2016-2017 campaign at the 1st Annual 9/11 Memorial Service Academy Showcase, ARMY WEST POINT cruised to three shut-out wins and a tie. The Washington Capitals' Kettler IcePlex practice facility hosted the event.

The showcase's round-robin format matched the four participating service academies in abbreviated 25-minute games, and it was a good thing, as ARMY WEST POINT dominated each short session. The ACHA DII Cadets crushed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (ACHA DIII) 4-0, throttled the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (ACHA DIII) 5-0, then dismantled the U.S. Naval Academy (ACHA DII) 3-0. It took a combination team composed of all three sea-based academies' top offensive and defensive lines to forge a 1-1 tie in a Land (ARMY) vs. Sea (all others) showcase finale.

On Sunday, Cadets attended a 9/11 memorial event at the Pentagon featuring Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (US Marine Corps).

Posted on January 31st, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - About 12 hours after an historic victory over D1 Navy, ARMY WEST POINT struggled and needed late goals and an overtime to dispatch the Maryland Terps. 

The Cadets forged a first period 2-1 lead, paced by goals from Matt Riehl and Austin Pearson, and a surging blueline attack. The second period featured three straight goals by the Terrapins, with tipped and bouncing pucks escaping the ARMY WEST POINT goalie. Maryland started the third period protecting a 2-goal margin. The men of the Hudson struck early on a tally by Thane Heller then Joe Kramer tied the game at 4-4.

A Terp goal at 13:42 reestablished a 1-goal lead for Maryland. The Cadets buzzed the Terp goaltender who turned away shot after shot. Pressing the play, ARMY WEST POINT pulled its netminder with under 2 minutes to play, seeking the equalizer. Following a time out, Riehl struck again with 30 seconds remaining and a late save by Robbie Fenton pushed the game into bonus time. 

Overtime delivered a sudden victory for ARMY WEST POINT and left the Terps belly up on their shells, as O'Leary notched the game-winner just 0:06 into the extra frame. Heller assisted to solidify his exceptional weekend. In the third period and overtime, Maryland was outshot 13-4. Robbie Fenton earned the victory in net in relief of Daniel Curran.

Posted on January 31st, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - McMullen Ice Arena rocked as Navy (D1) tied the game 3-3 in the third period, erasing ARMY WEST POINT's third 1-goal lead of the epic tilt. Navy's Senior Night looked like a going away party for the homestanding Mids, their Moms and Dads, and the USNA crowd.

But it was the Midshipmen and McMullen who were rocked as the Cadets capitalized on a breakaway, then iced the game on an empty net goal. The men from the granite castle on the Hudson stunned the Mids 5-3 and walked away with a signature victory for the program.

Firstie (senior) Nico Candelmo backstopped the victory, stopping 45 of 48 shots as the Mids doubled the Cadets in shots but couldn't solve the netminder. ARMY WEST POINT surged ahead 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 on goals by Austin Pearson, Kyle Vogel, and Cory Miller but the Mids answered each lead.

The Cadets grabbed their fourth lead of the game, 4-3 on a goal by Thane Heller, and Navy pulled their goaltender for the extra man but couldn't overcome Candelmo's mastery. An empty net goal by Heller sunk Navy and over 1,200 shell-shocked fans dragged out of McMullen Ice Arena as the men in black mobbed their goaltender.

Posted on January 7th, 2016

NEW YORK NY - Winners of seven in their last eight games, ARMY WEST POINT club hockey charge into this weekend's Rivalry on Ice matchup with D1 Navy. Navy lost its last five games entering the winter break.

Army-Navy takes the ice in the night-lite game of a triple header at hallowed Madison Square Garden, 10 pm EST on 9 January. Nationally ranked Harvard and Quinnipiac square off at 7:30 pm EST. One of the NHL's Original Six squads - the home-standing New York Rangers - take on the league-leading Washington Capitals at 11 am EST. 

Army looks to even the score after falling to Navy 4-1 in November, in an evenly matched game where Navy capitalized on its chances and Army came up short. Edmonton Oiler and Ranger great Mark Messier will serve as the host of the Rivalry on Ice college event.

Posted on October 3rd, 2015

SEWELL, NJ - Army West Point Club Hockey followed a familiar pattern, dropping behind early then mounting a furious comeback, before falling 5-4 to Rowan University.

A single-goal deficit produced each of the five Army losses this campaign. Again against Rowan, the cadets dropped into a 5-2 hole early in the final frame before clawing back with two third-period goals.

Cadet Nick Curtin figured in all four goals, scoring two and assisting on the others. Matthew Riehl and Michael St. Denis scored within two minutes of each other late in the third period to pull Army to within a goal, but the equalizer was elusive.

Goaltenders Daniel Curran (19 stops) and Nico Candelmo (13 goals) manned the net. Assists on goals were produced by Alex Miller and Andrew O'Leary. Rowan outshot Army 37-35.


Posted on September 26th, 2015

NEWBURGH, NY - A hard-fought weekend series against ECHA DI Towson University (MD) yielded a split, with Army losing the first game 3-2 and taking the second 5-4. Army gained its second program win against an ACHA Division I team with a come-from-behind victory.

Saturday, September 19 (box score)
Army climbed out of a two-goal hole to beat the Towson University Tigers, 5-4.
Army let leads slip away before eventually digging out of a two-goal hole to pick up the win.

Army took a 1-0 advantage on a goal by Nick Curtin at 1:17 in the first period (assists from Matt Riehl, Alex Miller). In the second, Army found itself down 3-1. 

Riehl scored the first of his two goals at 6:14 into the second period (assists from Drew Lysakowski, Nick Curtin) to pull Army to within a goal. Riehl's next tally made the score 3-3 with 2:54 left in the second period. Cory Miller assisted on the goal.

​In the third, Curtin put Army up 4-3, netting a goal on assists from Riehl and Lysakowski. After Towson knotted things up at 4-4 on a power play goal, Army got the game-winner from Andrew O'Leary at 15:35 (assists from Alex Voronovich, Kyle Vogel).

​Army got the win with help from a great game by Riehl, who had two goals and two assists and was named Mid-Atlantic Player of the Week. Curtin also had a multi-point game, with two goals and an assist. Drew Lysakowski chipped in with two assists. Goaltender Dan Curran stopped 27 of 31 shots between the cadet pipes for his first win.

Friday, September 18 (box score)
A scoreless first period gave way to a Towson three-goal outburst in the second as Army dig itself a deep hole. After a timeout, Army returned to the ice with renewed vigor but the Towson University Tigers held on for a 3-2 victory.

Towson University's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on eight Army power plays. 
Army matched the Tigers and excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. 

Army scorers were Chris Callahan (from Matt Ouellette) and Nick Curtin (from Zach Cohen). as well. Netminder Nico Candelmo stopped 25 shots out of the 28 that he faced.

Posted on September 26th, 2015

WEST POINT, NY - Matthew Riehl (Macomb, MI) was named Player of the Week for the Mid-Atlantic conference by Hockey Y'All. Riehl, a yearling (Sophomore) cadet, became the U.S. Military Academy’s first Player of the Week selection after scoring two goals and assisting on two others in Division II Army’s 5-4 upset victory against Towson.

He did so after pulling 12 hours of guard duty last week, playing in a 3-2 loss to Towson Friday night, and attending Army’s football game Saturday afternoon.

“These guys deal with a lot, and he fought through and put the team on his back,” said Army head coach Rob Loderstedt.

Posted on September 16th, 2015

NEWARK, DE - Army West Point faced the University of Delaware Blue Hens in an early-season Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey (MACH) D2 matchup.

After a long Sunday morning drive, the cadet squad came out flat and fell behind 5-2 in the first period against a Delaware team that won the MACH league championship in 2014-2015. First-period goal scorers were forward Tyler Rettke and defenseman James McNulty, with helpers from Alex Miller, Chris Callahan, Kyle Vogel, and Matt Riehl.

Army West Point dominated the second and third periods. The cadets charged out of the first intermission and plucked the Hens with 2 goals, by Joe Kramer and Tyler Rettke, his second of the game. Riehl, Alex Miller, and Zach Cohen registered assists. In the third, a Delaware blue-line slapshot got past Army's screened goaltender, re-establishing a 2-goal Blue Hens lead. Army struck back less than a minute later, cutting Delaware's lead to 6-5, as James Hess lit the lamp assisted by Drew Lysakowski and Mitch DeRidder. Skating with an extra man and empty net late in the third, Army West Point could not register a tying goal and fell 6-5. Robbie Fenton stopped 19 of 20 shots in the second and third in relief of Nico Candelmo.

Army's early season record stands at 1-2 (0-1 MACH). The squad faces Towson University (Baltimore, MD) in the first-ever games at Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, the cadets' "home-away-from-home" venue. Game times are Friday, 9/18 at 9:30 pm, and Saturday, 9/19, at 8:30 pm.

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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.

Notes: 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 on September 4th, 2015

WEST POINT, NY - Lt. General Robert Caslen Jr. spread Army  West Point's winning spirit in a recent Superintendent's Notes post (read online). 

"I know we’re all looking forward to a great winning season, and especially looking forward to beating Navy." said Caslen. Army West Point Club Hockey takes on Navy twice this season.

Caslen reflected on West Point's winning culture. "I’ve spoken quite a bit lately about building a winning culture here at West Point. It is one of my priorities because, as GEN Dempsey so eloquently told me, 'when our cadets graduate, they will be laying it on the line and they deserve better than mediocrity'. But this is not winning at all cost. It is winning in accordance with our values and who we are as an institution and a nation."   

Army West Point Club Hockey takes on Millersville University in Lancaster (PA) 5-6 September. Listen live or follow on Twitter, courtesy of Millersville University Club Hockey.


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