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January 6th, 2009

Army Goalie Jay Clark Collects Pair Of Honors

Jay Clark. Photo: AAC
WEST POINT – Army goalie Jay Clark, coming off a career-best 56-save performance to help the Black Knights to a 3-2 upset win over No. 2 ranked Miami in the consolation game of the Ohio Valley Hockey Classic hosted by Ohio State, has earned a pair of weekly honors.

A sophomore from Baudette, Minn., Clark was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week and the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Clark is the first hockey player to collect either of those honors this season.

Clark made 15 saves in the first period, 19 in the second and 24 in the final 20 minutes to pull off the upset and win his third game of the season. Miami had three third period power plays with eight shots on goal but a hustling Army defense and an acrobatic Clark made the difference.

Clark established a new Ohio Hockey Classic record for saves in a game, surpassing the 43 Chris Clark of Minnesota State made in 2004 against Miami. He also tied the tournament record for saves in joining Brandon Crawford-West of Miami (2004), Dustin Carlson of Ohio State (2007) and Kyle Richter of Harvard (2007). Clark is the first Army goalie to make at least 50 saves since Brad Roberts turned away 51 shots against Bentler on March 11, 2006.

With the win, Army snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-12-1.

The Black Knights will return home for the first time since No. 8 when Mercyhurst travels to Tate Rink for a two-game set Friday and Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  The first 1,000 ticketed fans through the turnstiles on Friday will receive a Jack Riley bobblehead while Saturday’s contest will be shown live on CBS College Sports Network
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