Army West Point club hockey extends winning streak to seven games with wins over Sacred Heart, Marist

By Army West Point Club Hockey - November 17, 2023
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Firstie forwards Matthew Moellering and Mark Lehman scored in both games to lead the Army West Point club hockey team to its sixth and seventh consecutive victories last weekend in Newburgh. The Black Knights (10-2-2) defeated Sacred Heart 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 10 before downing Marist 6-2 at Ice Time Sports Complex on Nov. 12. 

Cow forward Caleb Kaiser also had a big weekend. He scored Army's first goal in the shootout and had a goal and two assists against Marist. Kaiser is now Army Club Hockey’s second all-time leading scorer, behind only Matt Riehl (Class of 2018). In Friday's shootout against Sacred Heart, plebe defenseman Brendan Connor scored the winner in the fifth round and Sacred Heart got just one puck behind plebe goalie Liam Monahan.

Plebe goalie Jackson Siddall got the start and win against Marist. 

Yearling defenseman Bobby Staring made a triumphant return to the lineup after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury. Staring assisted on Lehman's power-play goal against Sacred Heart and scored the fifth goal against Marist. 

Fellow yearling blueliner Christopher Tamer is on the cusp of his return following off-season shoulder surgery. Army's 2022-23 leading scorer and SECHL rookie of the year is expected to play on Nov. 17 in a rematch with Sacred Heart, this time in Fairfield, Connecticut. 

"Having Bobby back last weekend was huge," said Army cow defenseman Anthony Chambers, the team captain. "It's great to see him at full strength again. Tamer will likely be back this weekend, which will add a lot of firepower to our lineup. Tamer and Bobby are scoring threats at all times and the type of players other teams scramble to try and defend. Having both of them makes us that much more competitive."

The Black Knights also play Siena College on Nov. 19 in Newburgh before the Thanksgiving break. They'll return to action Dec. 2 in the showdown with Navy at 5:30 p.m. at Tate Rink. ACHA Division II Army upset Division I Navy, 4-2, last season in Annapolis, Maryland.

"It's great to get some momentum going into Navy and the second half of the season," said Lehman, an alternate captain. "With Bobby and Tamer coming back, it only makes us more of a threat and adds to our momentum."