Jan. 28, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Jacques Lamoureux scored two goals as Air Force and Canisius skated to a 4-4 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Jan. 28, at a sold out Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force, 10-9-5 overall and 8-5-5 in the AHA, scored two special teams goals in the first period. Lamoureux opened the scoring at the 11:06 mark with a power-play goal from Derrick Burnett and Kyle DeLaurell. DeLaurell's shot was saved and Lamoureux put back the rebound. With 55 seconds left in the first period, the Falcons took a 2-0 lead on Sean Bertsch's first goal of the season. On the penalty kill, Bertsch forced a turnover at his own blue line and skated down the right wing on a 2-on-1 with Blake Page. Bertsch's shot hit the post, but he knocked it down with his hand and tucked it inside the post for his first shortie of the season.
Canisius, 8-11-6 overall and 7-6-5 in the AHA, scored three goals in a span of 51 seconds in the second period for 3-2 lead. Preston Shore scored Canisius' first goal of the game when he put back a rebound on the power play at 3:30 of the second. Shore's second of the game came 19 seconds later when he put back a shot by Torrey Lindsay. The Golden Griffins took a 3-2 lead at 4:21 when the Falcons turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Canisius had a 2-on-1. Scott Moser scored from Eric Rex for the Griffs first lead of the game. Air Force came back to tie the game late in the second on Lamoureux's second of the game. On the power play, Burnett's cross ice pass was right on the tape of Lamoureux who scored from the left circle.
Early in the third period, Canisius regained the lead on Moser's second of game. His wrister from just inside the top of the right circle got under the pad of Jason Torf for a 4-3 Griff lead at the 3:37 mark. Air Force capitalized on a 5-on-3 to tie the game at 4-4 at the 12:35 mark. Stephen Carew drew a tripping penalty behind the Canisius net to give the Falcons a two-man advantage. Scott Mathis took a shot from the point and Burnett put back the rebound for his sixth of the season.
Neither team scored in the extra five minutes as each team earned one point in the league standings. AFA outshot Canisius, 48-29, in the game. AFA was 3-for-6 on the power play while Canisius was 1-for-4. Torf made 25 saves for Air Force. Dan Morrison made 44 for the Griffins.
"We played a pretty darn good 64 minutes tonight, but it was not enough," head coach Frank Serratore said. "You would think that 64 good minutes and 48 shots are enough, but it is not. That is how tight this league is. You never want to give up a two-goal lead, but to our credit, our guys kept fighting. I liked our compete level tonight, but we have to tidy up some turnovers. We have to play a complete game for 60 or 65 minutes and we can't afford to take a shift or a minute off."
The same two teams conclude the series on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.