Air Force wins a 5-4 OT thriller against Army West Point

Photo Credit: Mady Salvani-Army West Point Athletics

Army Head Coach Brian Riley did not ever see what happened at Tate Rink happen before tonight. He said , “I’ve never seen two teams on the ice kneeling, it seems like I think he’s going to be ok.” Colin Bilek left the bench with help a little over one minute into the first period and did not return.

As for Army West Point, they had some good moments, and were able to monopolize less chances than Air Force, but every time they went ahead, the Falcons fought back. They ended up with the 5-4 win in overtime.

Riley said , “This has been our mo the whole second half of the year. The only thing that’s guaranteed is tomorrows game. If we want to get to a Sunday game we are going to have to earn it.”

“I thought the second period Air Force was better and we outscored them 3-1.”

On playing for Bilek tomorrow Riley said ,

“I’m sure that they’ll try to win for him. They know how much he means to the team.”

Riley praised the Falcons for blocking shots and starting quick transitions. “They played a good game, in some respects we are two similar teams.”

Chris Konin, Josh Bohlin and a few others are on the watch list to play tomorrow given the overtime game. Riley said “I don’t think fresh legs are a bad thing.”

Riley finished up saying , “We scored four goals, you’ve got to hopefully win a hockey game. Now we have to tighten it up on the defensive side of things. Tomorrow is a new day. I’m sure our guys will come out ready to go.”The Black Knights have to win game two Saturday night to keep their season alive.

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