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Posted on October 22nd, 2017

21 OCT

After a disappointing first few games Army was looking to set the record straight and put up numbers against a Maryland team that had beaten Wagner, Rowan, and Navy. An early goal for the Terps did not discourage Army, as Sophomore Jay Peterson and Sophomore John Cahill would score to put Army ahead in the first. The Terps retaliated early in the second, and by midway through the period the score was 3-3. Freshman Harry Hernberg had scored his first collegiate goal to tie it for Army. Senior goalie and Captain Rob Fenton was battling an ankle injury throughout the first half of the game, but after 18 saves could not keep fighting on and was replaced by Sophomore jack Kraus. Senior Logan Buzzard scored off an offensive zone faceoff to put Army in the lead heading into the third period.


Heading into the third, Maryland was determined to bounce back and regain the lead. Scoring two quick goals, Maryland was now on top 5-4. Captain Matt Reihl, who had been quite all game, came alive in the third and tucked it, to knot the game back up. It wasn't long, however, before the Terps counter attacked on a 2 on 1 and rifled a shot in just under the crossbar to push them ahead once again. Still buzzing from his first goal Reihl seized another opportunity and tied the game for Army. With a late third period time out, head coach Devin Guy rallied the team. Once again Captain Matty Reihl found a way to tuck the puck and put Army on top 7-6. With four and half minutes to play, the Terps were determined to comeback.

Fighting hard and pulling their goalie, Maryland launched a massive counter attack in Army's zone but solid defense and goal-tending held out and gave Army their second win of the season. The Cadets look towards Marist to put them over .500 on the season.

Posted on October 14th, 2017

13 OCT

Coming off a long weekend with no games, the Black Knights were poised and ready to snag their first win of the season against the Montclair State University Redhawks. The game began with a goalie duel as Montclair's tender stopped everything the Cadets threw at him, and Sophomore goalie #1 Jack Kraus opened strong in his first Collegiate start. The second period saw Army's Captain #26 Matt Reihl one time a goal, putting Army on top 1-0.

Both teams headed into the third period slow, as the two goalies continued to battle it out for the lowest score, but that would soon change. An Army penalty gave the Redhawks' a prime opportunity midway through the third to launch a comeback, and they wasted no time. Scoring off a rebound shot from the point Montclair tied the game at 1. It wasn't much later that the Redhawks found their chance to take the lead and capitalized making it 2-1. Gaining and holding onto the momentum, Montclair pressed on to score a third unanswered goal with just over 8 minutes left in the game.

Demoralized and shocked by Montclair's sudden surge, Army looked like it had fallen apart. Immediately after the third goal Coach Rob Loderstodt called a timeout to allow Army to regroup: it worked. The Black Knights came back flying. Led by Captain Matt Reihl Army launched its counter attack. Scoring his second of the game, Reihl gave Army hope with just 7 minutes left in the game. It wasn't long after that #22 Austen Pearson banged in a rebound goal to tie it up. Pearson had an emotional return to hockey after missing all of last season with a torn ACL, and in his first game in over a year he put Army in a great position to win. 

With the clock winding down, the game appeared it might relent to overtime, but with just 2:12 on the clock freshman #3 Luke Schneider tucked a rebound to put Army back on top 4-3. With the ice now tilted down towards the Montclair net, Army was able to hold on to their narrow lead throughout the 2 minutes of 6 on 5 hockey, after Montclair pulled their goalie. Army is back at it today against Rowan University and are hunting for their second win of the year.

Posted on September 26th, 2017

25 SEP 17

Playing their first game of the season against Rider University, the Black Knights came out strong against a tough conference rival. Half way through the first period a light shined for Army as #44 Keegan Thomas (Junior) got a breakaway opportunity and netted a back hand shot to put the Black Knights up one nothing and score the first goal for Army in the new season. Rider would tie the game up on a power-play shortly before the end of the first period.

Penalties on both sides slowed the pace of the game throughout, and on an Army power-play in the second period rookie Luke Schneider tipped a shot from Senior Chris Callahan to put Army back on top. It didn't take long before Rider was able to knot it up at two however. As the second period winded down both sides had many chances but eventually Sophomore Jay Peterson was able to hit home a rebound in front of Rider's net to put Army up 3-2 going into the final period.

For most of the third Senior goalie Rob Fenton stood strong in net, keeping the Broncs at bay. Unfortunately in the last five minutes of the game Rider was able to score on a two on one. This put the game into four on four overtime for five minutes. Opportunities were swindled by both teams, so a three man shootout would decide the game. Rider deferred and Army shot first, but all three of Army's shooters could not find the back of the net. With the game on his stick the third Rider shooter was able to shoot one in off the right post. The overtime loss gives Army 1 point in the MACH standings. Army will have a chance at revenge on November 3rd at Tate Rink. 

Posted on February 1st, 2017

WEST POINT, NY - ARMY WEST POINT and Montclair State University carved up USMA's Tate Rink with a combined 13 goals in a see-saw matchup. The Cadets played only their second game on home ice in the 2016-2017 campaign and the historic confines of the Holleder Center boosted the team's morale after a tight 3-2 loss the previous day.

​In his return to the ice after a semester abroad, Kyle Vogel lit the lamp three times for a hat trick - including the game winner - and added an assist. ARMY WEST POINT spotted the Hawks a 2-0 lead after the first period then faced a 4-1 deficit in the second period before notching six of the game's next eight goals. Matt Reihl, Matt Ouellette, Kyle Vogel, and Jay Peterson all figured in the scoring of the period's four Cadet goals.

​Montclair State pushed its 5-4 lead to a 6-4 advantage early in the third period before ARMY WEST POINT struck for two to tie the game, on goals from Alexander Miller and Drew Lysakowski. Vogel finished off his hat trick with the game winner with under 5 minutes to play and the squad hung on in a frantic finish to capture the 7-6 victory.

​ARMY WEST POINT concludes the regular season with a roadie to Penn State University February 3 and 4.

Posted on January 25th, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, MD - ARMY WEST POINT Club Hockey (10-7-0) returned to action in 2017 with a 2-1 win over the University of Maryland Terrapins (8-6-2). Herbert Wells Arena on the Maryland campus proved a perfect venue to shut down the #14 Terps' high-flying offense which came into the game averaging almost 5 goals per game over a 3-game winning streak.

​The 13th-ranked Black Knight squad scored early and late in the first period, staking the club to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jake Brown and Matt Riehl. Keegan Thomas assisted twice and Chris Callahan added a helper on the tallies.

​Two goals would be all goaltender Robbie Fenton would need, as he stopped 33 of 34 shots and gave up only a second period goal.

​Up next for the Cadets are #6 RPI (14-7-0) at Houston Fieldhouse in Rochester on January 28 and a home test against #16 Montclair State (8-10-1) on January 29.

Posted on November 15th, 2016

READING, PA - Sometimes hockey is about more than wins and losses. It's about giving back to the game the players love, inspiring youth to achieve their on-ice best, and role-modeling leadership and character.

As a prelude to the third annual Royal Cup face-off against Navy, ARMY WEST POINT cadets skated with Reading-area youth hockey players in a 90-minute clinic. Male and female skaters ranged in ability and age, from those in their first season on ice to early teens. Players worked on skating skills, puck handling, goaltending, and scoring.

West Point team captain Zach Cohen (2017) was joined by fellow Black Knights including Wyomissing-Reading native Drew Lysakowski (2017), Jake Brown (2017), Jake Stachurski (2020), Caleb Septer (2020), and Jeston Rademaker (2020). Coaches and members of the Penn State Berks Ice Lions (ACHA DII) also skated with clinic attendees. ARMY WEST POINT defeated the Ice Lions 7-2 in late October.

Posted on November 15th, 2016

READING, PA - The third annual Royal Cup went to the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy (ACHA DI), but not after a significant battle against the stalwart ARMY WEST POINT Black Knights (ACHA DII). The ESPN3 ACHA game of the week gave a worldwide audience a taste of the nation's greatest rivalry on ice at the Reading Royals' Santander Arena.

It seems contrary that an eventual 5-1 Mids victory was closer than the score, but the two service academies scratched and clawed and skated end-to-end for 47 minutes of scoreless hockey until the end of the second period. Shots were even throughout the game when Navy struck first with a tipped goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second frame. The goal stymied an ARMY WEST POINT second period advantage in play and scoring chances and was followed by a defensive lapse that led to Navy's second score with just seven seconds left in the period.

ARMY WEST POINT came out with determination in the third period and forward Max Krieg (2017) halved the Mids' lead with a powerplay goal. Leading 2-1, Navy bounced back and scored on the next shift to sap the Cadets' energy. Another Navy tally and empty net goal sealed the game.

Pro Hockey News (prohockeynews.com) covered the game and provided game photography (photo credit above). View all of the pictures HERE.

Posted on November 9th, 2016

BREWSTER, NY - The friendly confines of Brewster Ice Arena welcomed ARMY WEST POINT for a "home-away-from-home" matchup against Fairfield University (CT) on Sunday night. The Black Knights felt right at home, dominating the game and driving toward the team's first shutout win of the season, 4-0.

Facing a highly regarded Fairfield team who entered the team 5-1-0 with several blowout wins, ARMY WEST POINT outworked, outskated, and outscored the visiting Stags. The Black Knight penalty kill unit shut down five Stage powerplays and goaltender Orion Boylston stopped every Fairfield shot. Cadet skaters added two goals in each of the first two periods, taking a commanding lead into the third period. In the third, the West Point squad locked down and used a forward-high, single-forward forecheck to keep the Stags in their end and clog the neutral zone.

Watch a replay of the game on the team's Twitter feed (@ArmyClubHockey). Click the photo above or this link.

Posted on October 28th, 2016

, WEST POINT, NY and WYOMISSING, PA - A weekend of home and away match-ups started inauspiciously...with a rainy home rink dressing room outside West Point's Holleder Center.

But when the homestanding cadets entered Tate Rink for their first on-post game this season, shaking off the rain was the last thing on their minds. Facing the Rowan Profs - the only team to defeat the West Point club this season - the team simply wanted to avenge the loss, gain two key points in the MACH, and continue its strong play.

Firstie Cory Miller led the way in the 3-2 win over the Profs, scoring the game's only first period goal and assisting on the only second period goal, staking ARMY WEST POINT to a 2-0 lead going into the third. Rowan cut the lead to 2-1 with an early third period goal just seconds after a Black Knights penalty expired. The teams locked horns in a tight checking, back and forth battle until Firstie Drew Lysakowski put the West Point squad ahead 3-1 on an unassisted tally. A late goal by Rowan kept the outcome in suspense but the cadets finished off the victory with strong defense and goaltending. Orion Boylston grabbed the win in net, stopping 29 Rowan shots.

A quick roadie to the Black Knights' "home-away-from-home" BodyZone Rink pitted the squad against ACHA Division I regional rival Penn State Berks. Tight games against the Ice Lions the past three seasons seemed to foreshadow a competitive match-up, but the West Point team jumped all over the Berks boys, scoring the game's first six goals - three each in the first and second periods. Penn State Berks struck for two early goals in the third period, but ARMY WEST POINT capped the 7-2 victory with a final goal.

Thirteen cadets were point scorers including Cory Miller (1G, 2A), Drew Lysakowski (3A), Max Krieg (2G), Keegan Thomas (1G, 1A), Jay Peterson (2A), Jake Stachurski (1G), James Fako (1G), , Alex Voronovich (1G), Zach Cohen (1A), Mitch DeRidder (1A), Brendan Ward (1A), James Hess (1A). and John Cahill (1A). ARMY WEST POINT peppered PSU Berks with 46 shots on goal. Boylston won again, stopping 25 shots in net.


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.





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