Daniel Haider was the overtime hero again against Bentley as the Army West Point Hockey team defeated the Falcons, 2-1, in overtime this past Saturday night at Tate Rink. With the win, the Black Knights secured a first-round bye in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Army will host a quarterfinal series on March 12-14 at Tate Rink.
The Black Knights are now heading into the final week of the season with points in 10-straight league games and a nine-game unbeaten, which currently leads the nation. It has not been easy with three of the last four games ending with overtime victories.
“Really pleased with the outcome,” head coach Brian Riley said. “It seems like we've been in these games all year and that's what we talked about going into the third period, being comfortable in this type of game. It had a playoff feel to it.”
Haider was the hero in the extra frame for the second time in the last three games. He sent Army home from Bentley with a win on February 12 and did it again tonight. With just 3:29 on the clock Eric Butte slid a great pass from the left dot over to Haider, who was waiting at the opposite circle. He connected on the one-timer and beat Jason Grande low for the game winner.
“Haider and Butte are guys you want out there because of their speed and they were able to make a nice play and Haider was able to one-time that shot,” Riley said. Read more.