The Black Knights kicked off a series vs Robert Morris on Friday in West Pennsylvania.
Army looked to stay hot on the road after a solid 3-2 win vs Merrimack. They got off to a rocky start, but got along after some time.
Although Robert Morris scored 7 minutes into the first period of game one, the senior Trevor Fidler responded to tie it up.
That was a great, nitty-gritty hard working goal that he hammered home. His quick release of the puck is what really deserves some recognition, I don’t think RMU’s goalie even saw the puck as it flew by him.
Later in the period, Tipper Higgins scored a short handed goal to give the Black Knights their first lead of the night.
This was a great goal because having Alex Wilkinson (7) go down with him drew over the other defenseman making the play essentially a 1 on 1, where Higgins got the best of both the other defensemen and the goalie, going 5 hole.
The second period didn’t contain any scoring action, just the Army penalty kill working hard to keep the Colonials off the board.
With just under 4 minutes left on the major penalty going into the third, the Colonials tied the game up on the power play.
Later in the period, the Black Knights went on a power play that yielded no results.
With 11 seconds left in regulation, RMU went down on a 3-2 to try and make the score just that, 3-2. But the brick wall that is Kozlowski denied them of that chance. 2-2 was the score going into OT.
There were chances on both sides, and Army finished the game on the power play, but couldn’t put one in the basket. Due to AHA rules, the game would end in a tie after OT.
Game two was also very close.
Army got a power play nice and early after a boarding call on RMU. But a lengthy power play didn’t lead to a goal.
Later in the first, Eric Butte scored his first career goal to give the Black Knights the lead.
This was a well deserved goal. Army made the best of an odd man rush, and Butte crashed the net after a beauty of a centering pass from Alex Wilkinson.
At the butt end of the first, Robert Morris scored one to tie it up, then again 2 minutes later on the power play. The two teams went to the locker room with a 2-1 Colonial lead.
The chippy Colonials gave the Black Knights another power play off a slashing call, but once again, Army was not able to take advantage.
Midway through the second, the penalty kill units did their job and kept the score at 2-1. If they hadn’t, Army would have been in a deeper hole.
The Black Knights had an opportunity, but it was called back.
I would like to know what kept this back, because this was just an ugly, hard working, high effort goal. These are the types of goals you’re taught at a young age that really matter- that really show your skill set.
The clock was starting to get low, but not to worry. Zach Evancho to the rescue to tie the game up!
Another gritty, crash-the-net goal. That’s the type of effort that wins championships.
And with 13 seconds left in the second, John Zimmerman throws a shot on net, and what a beauty it turns out to be!
Sometimes, you just gotta throw the puck on net. You neverknow what’s going to sneak in.
But guess what… NOT SO FAST! That goal turned out to be tipped by Mason Krueger!
Now that they have the lead, are they going to slow down? OF COURSE NOT! Colin Bilek scored one off a hard working faceoff, 4 minutes into the 3rd.
But we’re not done yet.
Dom Franco knocks one home off a tic-tac-toe in front of the net.
Army came back to West Point with 3 points from the series. Hey, 3 outta 4 ain’t bad.
While there’s no doubt that Army has been giving it their all in these games, there’s still definitely room for improvement. While the penalty kill hasn’t been all that bad, the power play unit hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunities they’ve been given. 7 of their 13 goals have been off the power play, those 7 goals are off of 27power plays. Maybe the offense in general needs a bit of a boost.
Army continues AHA play at Merrimack next weekend.