Army Tops Manhattan for First Victory of the Season

Manhattan answered with back-to-back goals midway through the quarter, but two more Army goals gave the Black Knights a 10-4 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Cook came around to score from "x" at the 5:54 mark, while Thul's second goal of the game came at 1:44. In all, the Black Knights peppered 21 shots throughout a productive third quarter. Wiatrak made eight of his 20 saves in the same time for the Jaspers.

Manhattan pulled within 10-6 thanks to consecutive goals in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter. Army went on to out-score the Jaspers 4-2 down the stretch to hang on to the victory. Thul completed his hat trick at the 6:39 mark, while also scoring man-up after a Manhattan face-off penalty with 3:55 to go. Newsome's third goal came with 7:35 to play, while Glesener rounded out the fourth-quarter scoring with his second goal at 4:18. Freshman Tim Coll registered his first collegiate point, assisting on Glesener's goal.

Manhattan's Tyler Eidel (3G) and Tyler Jarvis (2G, 1A) paced the Jaspers with three points apiece.

The Black Knights look to carry momentum into Saturday's game against VMI. Face-off at Michie Stadium is set for noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Army Ticket Office in Michie Stadium, online at www.goARMYsports.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Game Notes: Army owns a 74-22 record in home openers ... Army begins a new series with Manhattan and Michigan this season ... the Black Knights' opening week includes three games in seven days ... eight different Army players scored a point in the win ... the teams combined for 15 penalties ... Garrett Thul led the team with six ground balls ... senior tri-captain Brendan Buckley added a team-high three caused turnovers ... junior goalkeeper Bobby Sincero made his first career start and finished with seven saves ... senior Matt Ghidotti carried the American flag out of the tunnel.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Despite trailing by just three going into halftime, the Army Black Knights (1-1) used a 6-3 third quarter en route to defeating Manhattan 14-8 on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first ever meeting between the two programs, and the seventh time the Jaspers (0-2) have faced a service academy with all six prior meetings being with Air Force.

Manhattan started off the contest right as Tyler Eidel notched his first career goal at the 11:26 mark in the first quarter off a feed from Ryan Payton. The Jaspers lead would be short-lived however as Army would score the next four goals, including two in 40 seconds from Connor Cook and Alex Newsome. After Will Mazzone made it a 3-1 Black Knights lead, Manhattan's defense stiffened up, allowing only one more goal the rest of the half.

Unfortunately for the Jaspers, so did Army's. Trailing 4-1 heading into the second half, Newsome scored the second of his three goals to make it a four goal deficit. Senior Tyler Jarvis would get Manhattan back on the board a minute later to cut the lead to 5-2 with 11:18 to play in the third.

A potent Black Knight offense would score three more goals in a row to lead 8-2 before Jon Crean quited the Army run. Manhattan would inch a little closer when Eidel scored the second of his three goals at the 6:48 mark in the third quarter. With both teams looking to capture some added momentum, the Black Knights would find it adding two more goals in the period to lead 10-4 going into the final frame.

The Jaspers began the fourth on a hot streak, notching two goals in the first four minutes. Jarvis added his second score of the night while Marcel Godino made it a four goal game with just under 11 minutes remaining. However, the Black Knights pushed the game back out of reach, controlling possession for the majority of the time and scoring four of the final six goals.

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2013-02-13



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