– Eric Sefchik
and Owen Meyer
each had a goal and two assists as Army skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with Holy Cross, Saturday in an Atlantic Hockey Association matchup at Tate Rink.
More than 2,500 fans were on hand as Army overcame a 3-1 deficit to earn the one point for the tie.
Cody Omilusik also scored for Army while Marcel Alvarez had a pair of assists.
Army is now7-12-2 overall and 6-7-2 in conference games. Holy Cross sits at 8-11-3 overall and 7-8-2 in league competition.
As if the 65 minutes of hockey weren’t enough, Army competed in a 20-minute sled hockey game against the Long Island Rough Riders following the contest against Holy Cross.
Army goalie Jay Clark made 27 saves while his counterpart from Holy Cross, Adam Roy, turned away 23 shots.
Sefchik, who had a goal and three assists against Mercyhurst last Saturday, followed that up with his third multiple-point of the season. Meyer, who scored two game-winning goals last weekend, recorded his seventh multiple-point game of the season and 22nd of his career. For Alvarez, it was the second time this season he had a pair of assists.
The Black Knights are now 3-0-1 in their last four games and will conclude their series with Holy Cross with a Sunday contest. Face-off is set for 4 p.m. on a game that will be televised live nationally on ESPNU. The first 2,000 tickets fans at Tate Rink will receive a commemorative t-shirt as the Army Athletic Association tries to “white out” Tate Rink.
“That was a strong game for us, against a very good team,” said Army head coach Brian Riley. “To overcome a two-goal deficit says a lot about this team and how hard they played.”
Holy Cross needed just one minute to take its first lead when Rob Forshner converted a rebounded shot from Luke Miller for a 1-0 advantage.
Army tied the game six minutes later when Sefchik netted his seventh goal of the season, taking advantage of a nice pass from Meyer to knot the game at 1. Alvarez also picked up an assist.
The Crusaders went back in front less than a minute later when Everett Sheen fired in a high shot from the faceoff circle for a 2-1 lead after the first period.
Holy Cross extended its lead to 3-1 in the second period when Gianni Baldassari scored his first goal of the season.
Army worked its way back into the game two minutes later when Omilusik, off of assists from Sefchik and Meyer, cut the deficit to one goal with a power play goal. It was Omilusik’s 11th goal of the season and seventh power play tally of the season.
The Black Knights tied the game late in the second period. With 33 seconds left, Meyer fired in his 12th goal of the season, off of a pass from Alvarez, to make it 3-3. Sefchik also earned an assist on the tying goal.
Army held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal in the third period and a 3-1 lead in shots in the five-minute overtime session but neither team was able to break the deadlock.