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Penn State 4 – Army 1


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A shorthanded goal three minutes into the third period and an insurance tally nine minutes thereafter essentially settled the issue as upstart PENN STATE survived numerous trips to the penalty box but still was able to christen its brand new facility properly with a 4-1 victory over visiting ARMY in the very first college hockey game ever played at the Pegula Ice Arena.

Army did well to hold Penn State’s top two scorers from last season, first line left wing CASEY BAILEY (27 ga, 14 go, 27 pts) and second line center DAVID GLEN (27 ga, 16 go, 25 pts), off the scoreboard for the duration of the contest. However, the Nittany Lions were lifted by goals from a veteran defenseman who is one of the handful of remaining players from PSU’s club hockey days, a sophomore transfer as well as a newcomer to college hockey. Meanwhile, Penn State goaltender MATT SKOFF (18 ga, 2.48 avg, .921 save pct) picked right up where he left off at the end of his freshman campaign by providing quality performance between the pipes.

It did not take long, three mintues and two seconds to be exact, for Penn State to score the historic first-ever goal at the impressive Pegula Ice Arena. A blast from the blue line by junior rearguard NATE JENSEN eluded Army netminder ROB TADAZAK and ensured that it was the native of Shorewood, Minnesota, whose name will live forever in the annals of Nittany Lions hockey history. The well-traveled Jensen, of course, made his NCAA debut with Mercyhurst University (36 ga, 2 go, 16 pts) during the 2010/11 season but later transferred and spent the following year playing “club hockey” in the ACHA for Penn State.

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United States Military Academy right wing JOE KOZLAK (14), a sophomore from Duluth, Minnesota, has his shot blocked by Penn State junior defenseman PATRICK KOUDYS (3), the Canadian import from Smithville, Ontario, who was picked in the fifth round (# 147 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft by the Washington Capitals, during the historic first-ever NCAA college ice hockey contest in front of the sellout crowd of 6,370 spectators at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania … the good-sized Koudys (6’3″ 210 lbs) impressed with his rugged play and was credited with blocking five Army shots on his NCAA collegiate debut for the Nittany Lions.
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Shortly after taking the lead, Penn State saw third line center KENNY BROOKS, the sophomore from Las Vegas who scored the Nittany Lions’ first goal in last season’s 5-0 victory at West Point, assessed a five-minute major and the accompanying game misconduct for checking from behind. In all, Army would have a full 18:47 worth of ice time with the man advantage as a result of Penn State conceding ten power play opportunities to its visitors. The Cadets, much to their demise, were unable to capitalize until late in the third period — well after the Nittany Lions had already built a 3-0 lead.

Third line right wing CURTIS LOIK, the sophomore from North Vancouver, British Columbia, who tallied five goals in 25 NCAA games as a freshman for the Nittany Lions last season, netted an all-important second goal for Penn State against Army while killing a penalty early into the final frame and fourth line left wing DAVID GOODWIN, the unheralded freshman from Des Peres, Missouri, who had assisted on Loik’s shorthander, registered his first collegiate goal nine minutes later to close the door on the Cadets.

Out of the 18 Penn State skaters dressed in uniform for the historic contest against Army at the Pegula Ice Arena, only three players — left wing TOMMY OLCYK, right wing TAYLOR HOLSTROM — are holdovers from PSU head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s last American Colleigate Hockey Association squad (one that played its 2011/12 schedule in the small but faithful Greenberg Pavilion) … this fact, along with signature victories over former NCAA national champions Michigan State and Wisconsin during the Nittany Lions’ inaugural NCAA Division I-A season, are the clearest indications of how far, how fast the Penn State ice hockey program has been able to progress thus far.

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Nittany Lions left wing DAVID GOODWIN (9), the newcomer from Missouri who was teammates with Penn State goaltender Matt Skoff on the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League before arriving on campus in Happy Valley, leads the all-freshman fourth line which includes center DYLAN RICHARD (12) and right wing ZACHARY SAAR (17) up ice against the visiting Army Black Knights in the historic first-ever NCAA contest at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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October 11, 2013
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance – 6,370

PENN STATE 4 – ARMY 1

03:02 … PSU – Jensen (Holstrom)
43:24 … PSU – Loik (Goodwin) – shg
52:27 … PSU – Goodwin (Saar)
55:39 … ARMY – Lalor (Faust, Gehrt) – ppg
59:35 … PSU – Scheid (Glen) – eng

shots-on-goal : PENN STATE 35 (5 + 14 + 16) – ARMY 26 (7 + 12 + 7)

penalty minutes : PENN STATE 23 (plus game misconduct) – ARMY 6

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Varley ; Jensen, Thompson – Bailey, Gardiner, Holstrom ; Scheid, Glen, Milley ; Olczyk, Brooks, Loik ; Goodwin, Richard, Saar

ARMY : Tadazak – Gehrt, Lalor ; Pomarico, Peterson ; Costello, Jenkins – Schultz, Alvarez, Zaremba ; Faust, Carlisle, Kozlak ; Reuschlein, Heller, Richards ; Bruckler, Hearn, Roberts

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Penn State’s historic goal-scoring defenseman NATE JENSEN (24) watches as Nittany Lions shot-stopper MATT SKOFF (31), the homegrown sophomore from McKees Rock, squeezes the puck and denies a rebound opportunity to Army center THANE HELLER (22), the sophomore from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, who finished as the Cadets’ second-leading goal-scorer last season having lit the lamp on nine occasions.

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Penn State vs Army at Pegula – Historic Goals Gallery


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3:02, first period — NATE JENSEN (24) … redshirt junior defenseman from Shorewood, Minnesota … third career goal in 23 NCAA games for PENN STATE … a transfer from Mercyhurst University, Jensen’s fifth career goal from 59 total NCAA games

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3:24, third period — CURTIS LOIK (15) … sophomore right wing from North Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada … sixth career goal in 26 NCAA games for PENN STATE

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12:27, third period — DAVID GOODWIN (9) … freshman left wing from Des Peres, Missouri … first career goal in very first NCAA game for PENN STATE

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19:35, third period — ERIC SCHEID (19) … redshirt sophomore left wing from Blaine, Minnesota … first career goal in first NCAA game for PENN STATE … a transfer from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, Scheid’s seventh career goal from 31 total NCAA games

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Army Hockey – A Great Team Of Genuine Heroes


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ARMY (the United State Military Academy at West Point) contest their home ice hockey matches at the modest TATE RINK, which is named after two brothers (JOSEPH H. TATE – Class of 1941 and FREDERIC H. S. TATE – Class of 1942) who were both U.S. Army pilots who did not survive World War II … The Tate Rink (capacity : 2,648 spectators) was opened in October of 1985 as part of the MAJOR DAVID W. HOLLANDER CENTER athletic complex; Hollander (Class of 1957) was an All-American football player for Army but made the ultimate sacrifice for his country in Vietnam.
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ARMY is certainly not like most NCAA Division I-A programs in so many different ways. Certainly, one does not immediately scan the Cadets’ roster in order to see which players have already been drafted by National Hockey League clubs. Although the local citizenry of West Point in upstate New York have seen varsity ice hockey played at the very highest collegiate level since the start of the 1903/04 campaign, the real purpose of the UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY is to prepare future battlefield soldiers for combat so that an entire nation might, in fact, survive.

It is almost pointless to analyze the Cadets’ specific record of triumphs and tragedies on the ole’ scoreboard … this simply because Army are respectfully as well as rightfully held to a much different standard and, indeed, are truly one of the two Division I-A schools (the other being Air Force, of course) who epitomize the time-honored ice hockey tradition that unmistakably says, “it’s not how many fights you win, but rather how many you show up for.”

In the last one hundred years or so, there have been many unfortunate occasions on which Army were just not able to generate quite enough goals to win any given NCAA game, however, it must be understood that at no point in history have the Cadets ever departed any ice hockey arena located anywhere as anything even remotely resembling losers.

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Army right wing ANDY STARCZEWSKI (21), the senior from Whitesboro, New York, who was selected as the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player with the Pembrooke Lumberkings in 2009 before coming to West Point and leading the Cadets in goal-scoring his last two seasons, is hooked from behind by Penn State center TAYLOR HOLMSTROM (28), the junior transfer who would later net two important goals in the Nittany Lions’ sensational 3-2 upset over the University of Wisconsin in Madison, during the NCAA intersectional contest at the Tate Rink in West Point, New York on October 26, 2012.
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Army really only graduated one forward who appeared in more than half of the team’s NCAA contests last season although that one player did happen to be the influential senior ANDY STARCZEWSKI. The homegrown talent by way of Whitesboro, New York, topped the Cadets in goals (11), assists (15) as well as points (26) and certainly will be missed. In his four-year career at the U.S. Military Academy, the sine-departed Starczewski collected 39 goals and 40 assists for 79 points in 133 NCCA games.

Army did have a legion of underclassmen gain valuable ice time and the accompanying experience during the 2012/13 NCAA campaign — the most productive forwards from last term returning to the Cadets’ proud program once again this season would be :

34 ga … 7 go … 17 pts … Joe KOZLAK – so ……….. 6’2″ 190
34 ga … 5 go … 16 pts … Josh RICHARDS – jr ……. 5’11″ 170
34 ga … 9 go … 15 pts … Thane HELLER – so …… 6’2″ 200
26 ga … 5 go … 12 pts … Willie FAUST – so ………. 6’10″ 180
34 ga … 4 go … 12 pts … Zak ZAREMBA – jr ……… 6’2″ 194
34 ga … 4 go … 11 pts … Shane HEARN – so …….. 5’10″185

Army graduated three senior defensemen but do return five of the top seven blueliners from last season including the prominent MAC LALOR, the junior from Needham, Massachusetts, who finished as the second-leading scorer on the entire Cadets team with 18 points (six goals) from 33 games. Lalor, who is rather rugged despite his lack of overwhelming size (6’0″ 185 lbs), also tied for the Army team lead by accumulating 53 penalty minutes last term. Another back for his junior year is MAURICE ALVAREZ, the sturdy (6’2″ 210 lbs) product of Cleveland, Ohio, who easily paced all of the Cadets’ regular defensemen with a – 2 plus/minus rating while totaling nine points (three goals) a year ago.

The Cadets have a reasonably experienced starting goaltender in ROB TADAZAK (6’0″ 200 lbs), a junior who appeared in 22 of Army’s 34 games last season while registering a goals-against-average of 3.02 and a .907 save percentage, but his two freshmen understudies are very much untested. In his first two years at Army, the 23-year-old from Lapeer, Michigan, made a combined 33 appearances (31 starts) between the pipes for the Cadets while posting a goals-against-average of x and a save percentage of y. Tadazak is all but assured to be Army’s first choice in the season opener at Penn State.

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Air Force right wing JASON FABIAN (16), the junior right wing from Roseau, Minnesota, who, as a sophomore, was the first forward ever to be selected as the Falcons’ Defensive Player of the Year, controls the puck but must contend with well-positioned Army defenseman MAC LALOR (18) in addition to Cadets goaltender ROB TADAZAK (1) during the surprising NCAA intersectional contest which ended in a 3-3 tie last January at the United States Air Force Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (US Air Force/Mike Kaplan photo)

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Army vs Penn State, 2012


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A pair of native Minnesotans, Nittany Lions center MAX GARDINER of Deephaven (left) and Cadets right wing WILLIE FAUST of Stillwater, meet during the first-ever NCAA Division I-A ice hockey match between the visiting Pennsylvania State University and the United States Military Academy, a contest watched by 1,537 spectators at the Tate Rink in West Point, New York.
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Having been shutout by Division III Buffalo State in upstate New York just seven days earlier and participating in only its fourth-ever contest against a Division I-A opponent, the visiting Nittany Lions of PENN STATE broke a tight game open by scoring three goals on just nine shots in the second period en route to posting the very first shutout in school history with its 5-0 triumph over an always willing ARMY squad at West Point.

Left wing CASEY BAILEY, the talented freshman from Anchorage, Alaska, featured prominently in the second period onslaught by assisting on the first two Penn State strikes of that frame before firing the Nittany Lions to a backbreaking 4-0 advantage at the 13:46 mark.

Right wing KENNY BROOKS, the promising freshman from Las Vegas, Nevada, netted his first collegiate goal to put the Nittany Lions in front a little over nine minutes in the contest with Army. Canadian import JONATHAN MILLEY, the massive (6’4″ 225 lbs) right wing brought in from Ottawa, doubled Penn State’s margin on the power play early in the second period while defenseman PETER SWEETLAND, the homegrown sophomore from Newtown who was one of several Nittany Lions who skated at the “club hockey” level during the 2011/12 campaign, also added his first career goal in Division I-A a little past the halfway point of the game.

Canadian import DAVID GLEN, the exciting freshman from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, accounted for Penn State’s fifth goal and registered his third point of the night roughly four minutes into the third period; Nittany Lions journeyman puck tamer P. J. MUSICO, the sophomore from Orange, California, ended up stopping all 34 shots from Army and, in doing so, placed his name into the history books by recording Penn State’s first-ever clean sheet.

Army reserve goaltender RYAN LEETS, the senior from Flint, Michigan, who relieved unlucky Cadets starter ROBERT TADAZAK (sophomore – Lapeer, Michigan) at the start of the third period, turned aside 22 of 23 Penn State shots in the final frame and merits honorable mention here.

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Army left wing THANE HELLER (22), the freshman from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, who would become the Cadets’ second-leading goal-scorer for the 2012/13 season, is harassed from behind by the backchecking Penn State right wing KENNY BROOKS (13) during the Nittany Lions’ shutout victory at the Tate Rink in upstate New York.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Tate Rink – West Point, New York
Attendance : 1,537

PENN STATE 5 – ARMY 0

09:15 … PSU – Brooks (Loik, Glen)
22:36 … PSU – Milley (Bailey) – ppg
32:44 … PSU – Sweetland (Bailey, Varley)
33:46 … PSU – Bailey (Jensen, Glen)
44:07 … PSU – Glen (Sweetland, Varley)

shots-on-goal : PENN STATE 45 (13 + 9 + 23) – ARMY 34 (12 + 12 + 10)

penalty minutes : PENN STATE 17 (plus game misconduct) – ARMY 16

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ARMY : Tadazak (Leets) – Rocha, Clark ; Jenkins, Lalor ; Gehrt, Alvarez -Schultz, Burns, Zaremba ; Faust, Heller, Starczewski ; Richards, Hearn, Kozlak ; O’Leary, Vogel, Roberts

PENN STATE : Musico – Jensen, Lordo ; Juha, Yanis ; Sweetland, Varley – Bailey, Gardiner, McDonagh ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Holstrom, Kirchhevel ; Longo, Johnson, Milley

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Army rearguard MAURICE ALVAREZ (24), the sophomore from University Heights, Ohio, who would lead all Cadets defensemen with a -2 plus/minus rating for the 2012/13 season, attempts to skate around Penn State right wing JUSTIN KIRCHHEVEL (10) during the NCAA non-conference clash at the Tate Rink in West Point, New York.

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