Posted on October 22nd, 2016

RUTGERS, NJ - Black was the color of victory as West Point's Black Knights took down the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 7-1.

The cadets broke open a scoreless game midway through the first period, firing four straight goals into the Scarlet Knights' net. Max Krieg recorded his seventh goal in seven games and Logan Buzzard, Keegan Thomas, and Jay Peterson added goals within three minutes in the period. In the second and third periods, ARMY WEST POINT's Logan Buzzard scored his second and third of the game, completing his hat trick, and Drew Lysakowski tallied the final goal.

The lopsided game descended into a penalty-ridden affair with the two teams earning 11 sin-bin visits in the second and third periods. Netminder Orion Boylston stopped 24 of 25 shots as the cadets outshot Rutgers 35 to 25.

Posted on October 22nd, 2016

LANCASTER (PA) AND HOLLYDELL (NJ) - ARMY WEST POINT earned its fifth straight victory to open the season on Friday night against Millersville, but was upended by a quick-strike Rowan attack on Saturday.

Millersville provided little resistance to a potent cadet offensive, closing within a goal at 2-1 in the second period until the Black Knights erupted for three straight goals to close out a 5-1 win.  Five different cadets - Cory Miller, Al Miller, Jake Brown, Mitch Deridder, and Jay Peterson - represented a balanced scoring attack for ARMY WEST POINT.

Rowan and ARMY WEST POINT waged a hard-hitting and competitive match-up through two periods, with the Professors carrying a 2-1 advantage into the third. Jay Peterson continued his stellar early freshman campaign with his fifth goal. The Profs and cadets traded goals and, midway through the third, ARMY WEST POINT trailed 3-2 after Mitch Deridder roofed the rubber disc.

The Black Knights outshot the Profs 34-26 on the game, but two quick Rowan goals shut down the cadet comeback. Several West Point shots off the post and an empty-net Rowan goal set the final score at 6-2.

Posted on October 22nd, 2016

HACKENSACK-NEWARK, NJ - Wagner became ARMY WEST POINT's second weekend sweep victim in a home-and-home series. The West Point squad kicked off its home schedule in Hackensack with an 8-6 win in a competitive affair that ramped up each period.

A 1-1 first period featured a goal by early-season freshman sensation Max Krieg, who then notched a second goal in the second as part of a three-goal onslaught by the Black Knights. Firsties Tyler Rettke and Mitch Deridder found the back of the net to give ARMY WEST POINT a 4-1 lead. After the second intermission, Wagner scored three of the game's next four goals to draw within a goal. Firsties Drew Lysakowski and Jake Brown kept the cadets ahead and secured the win.

The Sunday tilt was a lopsided match at Newark's Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. The Black Knights bedeviled Wagner, jumping out to four-goal lead through two periods, 4-1, then closing out the victory with two third-period goals. Goal scorers included Cory Miller, Chris Callahan (2G), Matt Ouellette, Mitch Deridder, and Max Krieg.


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.

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.

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