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October 31st, 2009

Army Ties At Colgate



Joe Spracklen. Photo: AAC
HAMILTON  – Joe Spracklen made a career-high 38 saves and four different players scored goals as Army skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with Colgate, Friday night at Starr Rink.

Army trailed by a goal on four separate occasions but its persistent was rewarded with a tie against the Raiders out of the ECAC.

Army is now 0-4-2 while Colgate moved to 1-2-3.

Army freshman Andy Starczewski, playing 20 minutes from his hometown, had a goal and assist while Marcel Alvarez, Bryant Skarda and Mike Santee netted goals. Cheyne Rocha, Eric Sefchik, Cody Ikkala and Danny Colvin all collected assists.

Spracklen, in his second start of the season, made an array of highlight-reel worthy saves  A senior from Kennewick, Wash., Spracklen made nine saves in the first period, 15 in the second, seven in the third and seven in overtime to preserve the tie.

The Black Knights trailed 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 but each time managed to gut out a goal and picked up its second overtime tie this season after scoring three times in the second period.

Santee scored his first goal of the season, Rocha and Ikkala registered their first career points and Starczewski picked up his first multiple-point game of the season in front of a crowd of 1,103.

Army was strong defensively early, killing off three Colgate power play attempts, including a 5-on-3 for 50 seconds and firing off two short-handed shots.

Colgate broke the scoreless deadlock with 35 seconds remaining in the first period during a 4-on-4 situation. Colgate had a player in the penalty box for contact to the head and Army was short a player for too many men on the ice. Kurtis Bartliff netted his second goal of the season, firing in a shot from inside the blue line for a 1-0 Raiders lead.

Army tied the game early in the second period with its sixth power play goal of the season. With both players still in the penalty box, Colgate was whistled for roughing and Army took advantage. Rocha moved the puck to Sefchik who found Alvarez who blasted in his second goal of the season, appearing to glance the puck off the post. Sefchik collected his second assist and Rocha his first career point.

Colgate went back ahead, 2-1, a minute later when Jason Williams scored his first goal of the season.

Army battled back to tie the game. After killing a Colgate power play opportunity, Skarda netted his third goal of the season with assists from Starczewski and Hull. Hull started the play and the hard work of the line kept the puck in the zone, allowing Skarda to score.

Colgate, which racked up 17 shots during the second period, took a 3-2 lead when Brian Day, one of six NHL draft picks on the Raiders’ roster, scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season during a 5-on-3 situation. Army had players in the box for boarding and hooking and Colgate took advantage.

The Black Knights again fought back to tie the game with their third goal of the second period. Starczewski registered the goal, following a shot from Ikkala. It was Starczewski’s first multiple-point game of his career and Ikkala’s first career point.

The Raiders continued to apply the offensive pressure and were rewarded with a 4-3 lead with 13 minutes left in the contest when Nick Prockow scored his first goal of the season.

Santee tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in the game with his first career goal. Colvin brought the puck up ice, stayed with it to keep it in the offensive zone and fed Santee who scored from in front with 2:28 left in the contest. It was Santee’s first goal and Colvin’s first assist of the season.

Amy had two shots in overtime while Colgate had seven but neither team was able to break the tie.

Army will continue its non-conference road schedule, tomorrow night at RPI. Faceoff in Troy, N.Y., is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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