Cook Nets Four; Johnson Ends Up with Four Points
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a game that featured six ties and three lead changes, the five goals for No. 2/3 Syracuse in the third quarter propelled the Orange past No. 11/15 Army on Sunday night at the Carrier Dome.
Army (3-1) saw John Glesener tally his first hat trick of the season and finished with four goals. He tallied 100th career goal in the fourth quarter to become the 10th player in program history to reach the milestone. Cole Johnson continued his goal-scoring ways with two more scores to give him 13 on the year. Connor Cook recorded two points on a goal and an assist.
The defense stepped up with a great game, holding the Orange five goals under their season average. Sam Somers finished with 10 saves. The defense forced eight turnovers and held it close despite Syracuse winning 21-of-25 faceoffs in the game.
The Orange (3-0) was led by Dylan Donahue with six points on five goals and an assist, while Randy Staats recorded two goals and four assists for six points as well. Faceoff specialist Ben Williams won all 21 faceoffs for the home team in the win. Bobby Wardwell earned the victory with 11 saves.
The first quarter saw Syracuse put a lot of pressure on the Army defense in the first 15 minutes by winning all seven faceoffs. The Black Knights were able to come back from a pair of one-goal deficits early on with a couple rips from the outside by Glesener and Avery Littlejohn. With the game tied 2-2 after the Littlejohn goal, Syracuse netted the final two of the frame to end the first quarter with a 4-2 lead. The fourth goal was Donahue’s second of the night and came on a behind the back assist from Staats.
Army fired back in the second quarter with goals from Glesener and A.J. Canara. The first came from Glesener to get the Black Knights to within one at 4-3 with 5:15 left in the quarter. It was a man-up goal with Jimbo Moore spotting Glesener on the left side and he let a rocket go from 15 yards out. Canara then tied the game just over a minute later with a great move down the alley and finish to make it 4-4. Syracuse regained the lead after winning the ninth of their
The Black Knights came out ready to go in the second half and scored the first two goals of the third quarter to earn their first lead of the game at the 12:22 mark. Cook made an unbelievable play by knocking the ball out of the stick of Syracuse during a clear. He picked up the ground ball and finished the shot to tie the game at 5-5. Glesener then put home his third of the night to give Army the 6-5 lead.
The Orange got the momentum back from there and scored five of the next six goals to take a 10-7 lead into the final quarter. Johnson scored his 12th of the season to get the Black Knights to make it 7-7 with 8:35 left in the frame. Syracuse ended up with the next three and took the three-goal advantage into the third.
Glesener got the game back to a two-goal advantage with his 100th career tally coming on a man-up opportunity to slice the Syracuse lead to 10-8. The Orange responded with Donahue scoring his fifth of the night and then Johnson netted his second on a great transition strike to cut it to 11-9 with 3:47 remaining. Army had a chance to get to within one, but the Orange came up with a stop and Rice hit the open net as Somers was out of the cage trying to force a turnover. Syracuse was able to run out the rest of the clock and took home the 12-9 win.
Syracuse outshot the Black Knights, 35-30, and had a commanding 39-19 ground ball advantage.
The Black Knights open their Patriot League slate next Saturday against Lafayette at 12 p.m. at Michie Stadium. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the Army Ticket Office located at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
Game Notes: This was the 64th meeting between Syracuse and Army … the Black Knights lead the all-time series 39-23 … Syracuse leads 15-13 at home against Army … this was the first game against a ranked opponent this season for Army … Glesener recorded a point for the 33rd-straight game and became the 10th player in program history to record 100 career goals … for the first time in 14 starts, Somers allowed more than 10 goals … Army was 2-for-2 during man-up situations with Glesener scoring both goals.