10th-ranked Colorado College beats Air Force, 2-0
Feb. 5, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - Joe Howe made 20 saves as 10th-ranked Colorado College beat Air Force, 2-0, in a non-conference college hockey game, Friday, Feb. 5, at the Colorado Springs World Arena.
Air Force fell to 12-11-6 overall while Colorado College improved to 16-10-3.
Eight minutes into the first period, CC defenseman Kris Fredheim took a cross ice pass in the right circle and Andrew Volkening slid across to his left to make a pad save to keep the game scoreless. CC got on the board 66 seconds into the second period. Air Force turned the puck over at its own blue line and Rylan Schwartz collected the loose puck. He fed Mike Testwuide coming down the slot for his 17th of the season.
It looked as though Air Force tied the game on the power play when Jeff Hajner took a shot that was tipped in by Jacques Lamoureux with 9:06 left. However, the officials waived off the goal saying that Lamoureux's stick was too high. After video review, the goal was disallowed. Air Force had five power plays in the second period, but was unable to convert.
With CC leading 1-0 five minutes into the third period, Derrick Burnett made a long outlet pass to spring Lamoureux on the left wing for a breakaway. Lamoureux skated into the slot and made two moves but Joe Howe made a glove save as he was lying on his back. Midway through the period, the Tigers were on the power play and they did capitalize. Tim Hall skated into the right circle and fired a wrister past Volkening for a 2-0 lead. Just over a minute later, the Falcons had another chance but Howe made a save on Matt Becker's shot from the slot.
Colorado College outshot Air Force, 28-20. AFA was 0-for-7 on the power play while CC was 1-for-4. Volkening made 26 saves while Howe made 20.
"This was very, very disappointing," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We had our chances. It was a truly missed opportunity. We had seven power plays and they had two too many men penalties called on them. The game should have been over in the second period. We had a game plan to take the rush offense away and we did. We held them to two goals and when you do that, you have to find a way to win and we didn't. We played hard within the framework of our system. We were very assertive on defense and their opportunities were sporadic. We didn't show that assertiveness on offense. Plain and simple we didn't get it."
Air Force returns to the home ice Saturday, Feb. 6, against second-ranked Denver, 7:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.