Jan. 14, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Brett Switzer scored a power-play goal early in third period as Bentley defeated Air Force 2-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Bentley took three of the four points in the series.
Air Force, 10-7-4 overall and 8-4-3 and in second place in the AHA, opened the scoring in the first four minutes of the game as the Falcons' third line turned hard work in the corner into a goal. Casey Kleisinger fed Brad McBride behind the net and the freshman found Tony Thomas right in front. Thomas fought off two defenseman and spun a backhander through the five hole for his second of the season. Midway through the second period, Bentley (7-9-5 overall and 7-3-4 and in fourth place in the league) tied the game on the power play. Matt Maher and Steve Weinstein sent the puck into the zone and Alex Grieve skated into the slot and took a shot that was saved. The puck bounced into the air and Grieve batted it out of the air and into the net for his second of the weekend and sixth of the season. Late in the period, Falcon center Brad McBride was called for a five-minute major for checking from behind. Air Force killed the first 1:46 of the penalty before the intermission.
Early in the third period, a slashing penalty was called on Paul Weisgarber and Bentley had a full two-minute 5-on-3. AFA nearly killed it, and the major, off, but Bentley scored with 14 seconds left on the two-man advantage. Brett Gensler knocked down an attempted clear and fed Brett Switzer on the weak side who scored his fifth of the season. Air Force had two power plays in the third period, but had just one shot on goal. AFA pulled its goalie in the final 1:53, but was unable to find the equalizer.
Bentley outshot Air Force, 23-20, in the game. Bentley was 2-for-5 on the power play while AFA was 0-for-4. Brenden Komm made 19 saves for Bentley. AFA sophomore Jason Torf earned his first start since injuring his groin in the second game of the season against Michigan State. After missing 18 games, Torf started tonight's game and made 21 saves.
"Our power play was terrible tonight," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We got beat by a better team tonight. We didn't get much penetration and they held us to 20 shots on a Saturday night in our building. I can't remember the last time that happened. It is disturbing how little energy and passion we played with tonight. We got what we deserved. We are not a very good team right now."
Air Force begins a four-game road swing next weekend as the Falcons travel to West Point, N.Y., for a two-game series against Army, Jan. 20-21.