In the ninth-longest game in NCAA Ice Hockey history, Colin Bilek scored his 18th of the season in the third overtime to send the Army West Point Hockey team to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals with a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart.
It was also the longest game in Atlantic Hockey history and longest in Army's history. With the win, the Black Knights now have the longest unbeaten since the 1983-84 season when they won 16 games in a row under head coach Jack Riley. The Black Knights are unbeaten in their last 13 games.
Bilek extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games with the winner and Trevin Kozlowski was a brick wall all night with a career high 42 saves between the pipes.
“We got down two goals, but we had been there before,” head coach Brian Riley said. “We tied it up and then we went down and then Thomas Farrell scored a big goal for us. It was an unbelievable battle and wouldn't you figure that Colin Bilek scores the winning goal.”
Bilek scored the game winner with 6:40 on the clock in the third overtime. He redirected the puck with his skate on a feed by Mitch Machlitt and the puck found its way past John Benson, who played an incredible game for Sacred Heart with 68 saves.
“Everybody wanted to score that one,” Bilek said after his tally in the third overtime. “Luckily it just went off my skate and in, so we are going to take them anyway they come, but kind of happy the game is just over.”
Army got to that position thanks to Farrell's goal in third period to tie the score at 3-3. With 7:39 left in regulation with Farrell firing the puck into the back of the net from the slot. Machlitt avoided a sprawling defender and put the puck on a silver platter for Farrell and he beat Benson to tie the game at 3-3 to force overtime. Read more.