Glesener Scores 100th Career Point in Army Win at VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Despite a hat trick from Mickey Hofmeister and seven caused turnovers by Tyler Prasnicki, VMI fell in its 2014 home opener at Drill Field #2 by a 15-6 count against Army.

In its first game at Drill Field #2 this season, VMI (0-2) got three goals from senior captain Mickey Hofmeister, who added an assist to his day. Sophomore Ben Huger tacked on another two goals for VMI while posting an assist.

Freshman Dale Mattice logged his first career goal during the Sunday afternoon game as well. Junior Mike DeBlasio assisted on Huger's second goal of the day, extending DeBlasio's scoring streak to nine games with 18 points in that stretch.

Hofmeister's hat trick was the first of his career and first multiple-goal game since April 24, 2012 after sitting out 2013 with a lower body injury. The two goals mark the second time in Huger's career he had a multi-point day and first two-goal effort.

Defensively, Prasnicki forced seven Army (1-1) turnovers, crediting VMI's high-pressure defensive system with the total. On the day, the Keydets caused 14 turnovers, with freshmen Mitch Wilson forcing three of his own, while four other players logged multiple caused turnovers.

“It's based around our defense, which is high-pressure,” said Prasnicki of the defensive efforts. “We want to get out there and put pressure on the ball carrier. It's mainly the defense and the position it puts me in, so I can't take too much credit for that.”

Army's scoring efforts were paced by John Glesener, who finished with seven points on five assists and two goals. Connor Cook logged a hat trick while Will Mazzone and Alex Newsome each scored twice. Mazzone chipped in with two assists on the afternoon as well.

For a second-straight game, VMI got 10 saves from starting keeper Evan Windisch, who made the first two starts of his career against Navy and Army. The junior played for 48 minutes before he was spelled for the final 12 by freshman Michael Hutwelker. The rookie made two saves and did not allow a goal.

Opposite Windisch and Hutwelker, Army's Sam Somers made eight saves in his 51 minutes of work, allowing four goals while Bobby Sincero played for the last nine minutes, allowing two goals.

The Black Knights, who received votes in the USILA Coaches' Preseason Poll, out-shot VMI 46-21, including 15 in the third quarter. Both teams took seven attempts in the first stanza, while VMI was limited to just three in the third frame.

Army out-groundballed VMI 37-29, grabbing 10 and 12 in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. The Keydets snared 11 in the final 15 minutes, while winning the faceoff battle 13-24 behind the efforts of Wilson, who went 13-22 on the day. Brad Nardella took two draws for VMI. Army's Alex Daly went 11-22 during the game, which was postponed to Sunday after heavy snowfall along the eastern seaboard. The Black Knight added a goal to his day as well.

The Keydets' clearing efforts were night and day from its season opener at Navy when it went 15-25 (.600). On Sunday against Army, the Keydets gained the zone on 25 of their 30 attempts (.833), as Army went 22 of 27 (.815).

After not committing a penalty last week, VMI was called for four against Army, but held the Black Knight extra man unit in check, letting up just one goal in those three minutes of penalties. VMI had two man-up chances, but could not cash in on the two short, 30 second penalties.

The Keydets struck first as Huger potted his first of the season at the 12:05 mark, with Hofmeister on the back side with the assist. The Black Knights scored twice on goals from Cook and Glesener to cap the first period 2-1 in favor of the visitors.

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