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January 18th, 2009

Army-Holy Cross Tie For The Second Night

Danny Colvin. Photo: AAC
WEST POINTDanny Colvin scored two power play goals to help Army rally and skate to a 4-4 overtime tie with Holy Cross, Sunday in an Atlantic Hockey Association matinee at Tate Rink.

More than 2,300 fans were on hand for a game that was televised nationally on ESPNU and the result was the same as Saturday when the teams played to a 3-3 draw.

Army held a 39-37 advantage in shots on goal, never led in the contest but managed to earn a point for the tie.

Owen Meyer scored a shorthanded goal and Joey Ammon also netted a goal as Army moved to 7-12-3 overall and 6-7-3 in conference competition. Bryant Skarda and Will Ryan each had two assists while Zach McKelvie, Marcel Alvarez, Kyle Maggard and Mike Hull were also credited with assists.

Holy Cross is now 8-11-4 overall and 7-8-3 in league games.

Jay Clark made 33 saves for the Black Knights, who are 3-0-2 in their last five games.

Meyer stretched his multiple-point game streak to five with a goal in the first period while Colvin established a new career high with two goals. Skarda picked up two assists for the second time in his career and Ryan totaled his first multiple point game of the season.

“We showed a lot of character today,” said Army head coach Brian Riley. “All weekend we were behind but both nights we found a way to get a point. Give credit to Holy Cross. Both teams battled hard all weekend. I’m pleased with the way our guys bounced back.”

Holy Cross moved into third-place in the conference standings with 17 points, trailing RIT (27) and Air Force (25). Army is tied for sixth with Bentley at 15 points, one point behind Canisius and Mercyhurst.

For the second consecutive night, Holy Cross jumped out to an early lead, when Luke Miller scored at the 4:09 mark.

Less than two minutes later, Meyer tied the game with his team-leading third shorthanded goal of the season Alvarez started the play, worked it to McKelvie who found Meyer. Meyer took the puck near center ice, chipped it past a defenseman and then scored while falling to the ice.

The Crusaders took a 2-1 lead after the first period when J.P. Martignetti scored an even strength goal with five minutes left in the period.

Army tied the game early in the second period when Ammon scored a minute in. Hull won the faceoff in the Holy Cross end, Maggard chipped it to Ammon and the sophomore beat the keeper to tie the game a second time.

“We challenged the guys at the first intermission to score some goals and we saw it today with some different players scoring,” said Riley.

Holy Cross went back on top when Ryan Driscoll scored at the 10:46 mark.

Three minutes later, Colvin netted his third goal of the season, on a rebound, for the third tie of the contest. Colvin knocked home Ryans’ shot to make it 3-3 with his power play tally. Skarda also earned an assist.

“Danny is one of those guys who isn’t afraid to be in front of the net,” said Riley. “He showed that tonight with goals in traffic.”

The Crusaders again went back on top again with Jay Silvia’s power play goal for a 4-3 Holy Cross lead after two periods.

Army again answered when Colvin scored his second power play goal.  Skarda moved the puck to Ryan, who blasted a shot on goal. Colvin redirected it past the keeper to knot the game at 4 with seven minutes to go.

Each team had opportunities late in the period but neither was able to convert.

Holy Cross had a power play chance in overtime but had just one shot as the teams tied for the second consecutive night.

Army will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a two-game series against rival Air Force. Games on Friday and Saturday are set for 9:05 p.m. ET.
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