Thanks to an overtime tally on the power play from cow forward Eric Butte, the Army West Point Hockey team has earned league points in seven-straight contests after a 2-1 victory at home against Sacred Heart last night. Army is riding a six-game unbeaten streak, which is tied with Minnesota-Duluth and Bemidji State for tops in the nation. Army is 5-0-1 in those games and is 7-1-1 in its last nine games.
“In tonight's game, whoever was going to make the last play was going to win the game and obviously that was a huge power play goal,” head coach Brian Riley said. “Sacred Heart is a team that we will be battling at the end and you control your own destiny when you can beat these teams in head-to-head games.”
The Black Knights took advantage of their power play opportunities, going 2-for-3 on the night, while the penalty kill kept the Pioneers off the board on four chances. Butte was once again the man with scoring touch as he scored his third goal in two games and his second game winner in a row. He finished with two points on the night and four during the series.
The game winner came on the power play with 2:53 left in overtime as Butte camped out at the side of the net and John Zimmerman found him with a nice touch pass from the high slot and Butte redirected it home for the victory.
“The three guys up top did a great job moving the puck, John Zimmerman made a great feed and I just had to redirect it,” Butte said about the winner. “It was a great effort from the boys out there to finish the job and keep our winning streak going.” Read more.