The Iona College Gaels and the Army Black Knights faced off with a home and home series on Friday in Iona and on Saturday at West Point. The Black Knights lead the overall series 23-4-1 with the first Army winning the first 19 games. The Iona Gaels won the last meeting between the two teams, last season at West Point. Coming into the games the Gaels were looking for their first win of the season.
In the first of the two games the two teams played each other hard and were scoreless after the first two periods. Early in the third period the Black Knights had their first goal of the game when Sophomore Chris Garceau of Guilford, CT. scored to beat Freshman Goalie Ian Vigier of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba. The Black Knights scored late in the third period on a goal by Chad Mayfield of Granite City, Ill. The Black Knights capped off the scoring with an empty net goal with 51 seconds left on the clock when Garceau scored his second of the game.
Both Vigier and Plebe Goaltender Brad Roberts for Iona and Army respectively played great games and made some spectacular saves. The Black Knights were 0 of 6 on the power play and Roberts stopped all 27 of Iona’s shots to pick up his first collegiate shutout. The Gaels were 0 of 5 on the power play and Vigier stopped 20 of 23 Black Knight shots.
On Saturday night the two teams traveled up the Hudson River to the United States Military Academy @ West Point to play the second game in as many nights. The Gales looked like they were going to rebound as they scored the first goal of the game at 2:51 of the first period off of Kelly Bararuk of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan’s stick. This was the first and only goal in the two games that Roberts would allow.
The Black Knights answered with two goals in the first period, and both on the power play. The first goal was scored by Chris Casey of Farmingham, Mass. and Chad Mayfield scored the second goal on a 5 on 3 power play. Army scored the only goal in the second period when Derek Hines from Newburyport, Mass. scored. This would be the last goal of the game. Nic Serre of Duluth, Minn. Picked up an assist on each of the three Black Knights goals.
The Gales were 0 of 4 on the power play and Vigier stopped 22 of 25 Black Knights shots to record the loss to drop his record to 0-5-1 for Iona. The Black Knights were 2 of 5 on the power play and Roberts stopped 33 of 34 Iona shots and improved his record to 3-2-0.
In the third period while killing a penalty the Iona Gaels were called for two more penalties. There was some confusion in the penalty box as one penalty was going, and the other two were called. When the first of the Iona penalties ended instead of immediately starting the third penalty, and waiting for a whistle before Tim Krueckl from Claresholm, Alberta, Canada should have been allowed to exit the penalty box, he left after his two minutes and joined the penalty kill. This would normally be a big enough mistake by itself but it didn’t end there. As the officials noticed this happening they blew the play dead and went over to the scorekeeper to straighten things out. At this time the last two Iona penalties went on the clock as if they had started at the same time, and when the first of those penalties expired the penalty box keeper let both Jean-Paul Chaput of St. Anne, Manitoba, Canada and Brent Williams of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada who was serving Vigier’s penalty for tripping out of the box. Again the play was stopped and MAAC Referee Robert Melanson skated over to the scorekeeper laughing to try and straighten out the mix up, before having Williams return to the box to finish serving the penalty.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
IONA COLLEGE GAELS
Freshman Right Winger #5 JAMIE CARROLL
At 6-1 and 200 pounds from Andover CT. This freshman showed he will be a key player for the Gaels. He was extremely fast and showed good vision on the ice. He threw the body around and took some hard hits as well. He should that he will not let players take advantage of him as a freshman and fought back when he needed to.
Freshman Goaltender #33 IAN VIGIER
This 6-0 170 pound goalie from Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba despite allowing 5 goals in the two games showed good concentration. In the first game alone on two different occasions, both breakaways he made the shooter commit before he moved. He than was able to take away the shot calmly. He kept his wits up even when he had no defensive help.
ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS
Freshman Goaltender #35 Brad Roberts
The 5-11 185 pound Plebe from Cassville, CT showed some fast pads turning away all but 1 of the 61 Iona shots in both games. Roberts was able to see the puck well even through traffic. He played the angles well and when he took the bottom of the net away his glove and stick speed were fast enough to take away the top of the net.