Jan. 29, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Jacques Lamoureux scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Air Force beat Canisius, 3-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Saturday, Jan. 29, at a sold out Cadet Ice Arena. A crowd of 2,802 watched as Air Force took three points in the series and improved to 11-9-5 overall and 9-5-5 in the AHA. Canisius fell to 8-12-6 overall and 7-7-5 in the league. Air Force is in fourth place in the league with 23 points, six points behind league-leading RIT.
Just over two minutes into the first period, Air Force got on the board. Paul Weisgarber won a faceoff and Tim Kirby fed Scott Mathis at the center point. Mathis' slap shot beat Tony Capobianco over the left pad for this sixth of the season. Less than two minutes later, the Golden Griffins capitalized on a Falcon turnover. Canisius was on the power play when Kirby tried to wrap the puck around the boards behind the goal. The puck hit the stick of Mathis and bounced right in front of the Air Force net. Taylor Law skated in and fired a shot over the blocker of Jason Torf to tie the game at 4:05.
After a scoreless second period, the Falcons started the third period with a full two-minute 5-on-3. At the end of the second period, Paul Weisgarber drew an interference call on Ben Danford and then Phil Rauch was called for roughing after the whistle. Just as the 5-on-3 ended, Lamoureux fired a one-timer from the right circle for a 2-1 lead. Scott Mathis and Tim Kirby assisted on the play as Air Force scored one second after the power plays expired. The goal came at 2:01. Lamoureux's second of the game and 13th of the season came at the 3:57 mark on the power play. Mathis faked a shot from the center point and then found Lamoureux in the right circle who had an open net to shoot at. Kyle DeLaurell also assisted as Air Force took a 3-1 lead. Later in the period, Canisius had 1:38 of a 5-on-3 and capitalized as Cory Conacher scored on a one-timer from the right side. Canisius pulled its goaltender in the final 54 seconds, but Torf made two saves and Derrick Burnett skated the puck out of the zone as time expired.
Canisius outshot Air Force, 34-26, in the game including a 15-8 advantage in the third period. Torf made 32 saves for Air Force while Tony Capobianco made 23. AFA was 1-for-3 on the power play while the Griffins were 2-for-6.
"This game had a playoff feel to it," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We found a way to win a hard-fought game. We had a lot of possession time, but didn't have a lot of shots. To their credit, they blocked a lot of shots. This is four games in a row that we have shown up to play hard the whole game. We are 2-0-2 in those games. That tells you how tight this league is. Our best players were our best players tonight. Coming down the stretch, every game is a playoff game. All the games we play down the stretch are teams right with us in the standings. This stretch run will determine if we have a bye in the first round, if we host or if we have to go on the road."
Air Force travels to Rochester, N.Y., for a two-game AHA series against the league-leading RIT Tigers, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at 7:05 p.m. ET each night.