WORCESTER, Mass. – Falcon sophomore Chris Truehl made 37 saves as Air Force and Holy Cross skate to a 1-1 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game, Friday, Jan. 2, at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Dating back to last season, Air Force and Holy Cross have skated to three straight ties.
In the first 11 minutes of the game, Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 10-3. However, the Falcons responded by outshooting the Crusaders, 7-0, in the final nine minutes and scored late in the period for a 1-0 lead. On the power play, freshman Tyler Ledford took a slap shot from the center point that was tipped in by fellow freshman Erik Baskin. Baskin’s third of the season was also assisted by A.J. Reid and came with 62 seconds left in the period.
Holy Cross (7-6-5 overall and 6-1-5 AHC) opened the second period by out-shooting the Falcons 10-1 in the first 10 minutes and tied the game with an even-strength goal. After a Falcon turnover, Crusader freshman Matt Scarth skated into the right circle and scored unassisted at the 9:24 mark. Holy Cross outshot the Falcons, 15-3, in the second period, but the game was tied at 1-1 after two periods.
The teams combined for just 15 shots in the third period as neither team scored. Air Force had two quality chances turned away by Matt Ginn. A.J. Reid’s shot from the back door on the power play was saved by Ginn in the first minute of the third period. With three minutes left in the third, Cole Gunner had a breakaway down the right side that was also saved by Ginn. With two minutes left in the third, Truehl made a save on Scarth’s point-blank rebound to keep the game tied. With 10 seconds remaining, Ben Carey blocked a shot by Joe McNamara who had some open net after long rebound.
In overtime, each team had one shot on goal. Air Force’s best chance came with just over a minute remaining as George Michalke III skated the puck down the right side. His centering pass to Carey was tipped just wide of the net.
“We scored the first goal, which is a good thing, but couldn’t get another one,” head coach Frank Serratore. “Our kids battled so hard tonight, and so did their kids. We need to find a way to score more goals. We have to get more penetration and have to get a better net front presence. We are going in the right direction. Our morale, attitude and compete level are all good and we did some good things tonight.”
Air Force (5-12-3 overall and 4-5-2 AHC) and Holy Cross conclude the two-game series on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 7:05 pm ET in Worcester, Mass.