Gross goal reverses momentum for Butler in needed 5-2 hockey win over Upper St. Clair
By John Enrietto
Eagle Sports Editor
It didn’t last long.
Only 56 seconds later, Sam Gross drilled a slapshot past USC goaltender Jonathan Bleier from just inside the blue line and
“Momentum means so much in this game,”
The Gross goal was his second of the game.
“Coach has been wanting us to get more shots on goal,” Gross said. “I came across the line, had an open look and just cut it loose. It happened to go in.”
The win was the Tornado’s second in three games as
“Sam is a captain on this team, one of our leaders,”
“As far as I’m concerned, our playoffs started tonight. We needed this. We need to string some wins together.”
Ronan Miller assisted on each of the first three
“You need your goalie to make big saves with the game on the line and Nick did that tonight,” Gross said.
A Derek Kopach goal pulled the Panthers (
Farmerie robbed the visitors of a goal with a sprawling save. Moments later, Oliver fired the puck into the empty net from deep in his own end with remaining to seal the victory.
“That save was a game-changer,” Sakolsky said. “If that goes in, you don’t know what happens.”
Farmerie, a junior, is playing his first year of ice hockey. He is
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Farmerie said of playing hockey. “I figured I’d better go for it now while I’m still in high school.
“I like facing a lot of shots. I tend to go cold if I haven’t faced any shots in a while.”
USC scored the only power play goal of the night.
Gilliland has three goals in five games this season. Oliver has six goals in 10 games, Gross five goals in eight.
“We have a lot of talent on this team,” Gross said. “We’re not giving up. We can go on a run and get into the playoffs.”