The Army West Point Hockey team clinched home ice advantage for the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals with a shootout victory over No. 20 Sacred Heart at Tate Rink Saturday night. Army jumped ahead 2-1 in the first period thanks to goals by Dominic Franco and Patrick Smyth.
The Black Knights scored their third to close out the second period when Mason Krueger found the back of the net, but Sacred Heart rallied with two in the third to force overtime. Trevin Kozlowski kept the Black Knights alive with a tremendous save with 42 seconds to go in the 3-vs-3 period. He then made three saves in the shootout to help lift Army to the shootout victory.
Eric Butte kept Army alive in the shootout with a score in the third round to set Franco up for the winner. The Black Knights await seeding for the AHA Tournament, but have now clinched a first-round bye and home ice for the quarterfinals (March 13-15). Read more.