Air Force sweeps Canisius with 3-2 win
Feb. 16, 2013
Feb. 16, 2013 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Scott Holm scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, as Air Force beat Canisius, 3-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Cadet Ice Arena. With the win, Air Force earned its third sweep of the season and second at home. The Falcons remained in second place in the league with 29 points. Canisius fell to 11-16-5 overall and 10-11-2 in the league.
In the first four minutes of the game, Canisius outshot Air Force, 3-1, but in the next 10 minutes the Falcons outshot the Griffs, 7-0. Late in the period, the Griffs capitalized on Air Force's first penalty of the game. The Griffs won the next faceoff and Kyle Gibbons made a cross-ice pass to Mitch McCrank in the right circle. McCrank then made a pass back through the slot that deflected off of an Air Force stick and Doug Beck punched it in for a 1-0 lead at the 14:28 mark.
The Griffs took a 2-0 lead and again it was on the power play. Chris Rumble's shot from the point went through traffic and beat Jason Torf at 6:33 of the second period. Duncan McKellar and Ralph Cuddemi assisted on the goal. Just over three minutes later, the Falcons answered. Jason Fabian skated the puck into the zone and fed Mike McDonald at the right point. His shot was wide of the net, but Ben Persian tipped it in for his fourth of the year at 9:42.
Early in the second period, Holm tied the game on the rush. John Kruse fed Dan Weissenhofer in the neutral zone and the defenseman skated the puck into the zone. Weissenhofer found Holm coming down the left wing and his wrister from the top of the circle tied the game at the 4:30 mark. Later in the period, a flurry in front led to the game-winning goal. Alex Halloran took a shot from the point that saved and Kyle De Laurell's follow was saved as well. De Laurell then punched the puck back to Holm at the bottom of the left circle. As the goaltender was just getting up off the ice, Holm's shot snuck inside the far post for his second of the game and seventh of the season at the 11:38 mark.
With 56 seconds left in the third period, Canisius pulled its goaltender in favor of the extra attacker but did not get a shot on goal.
Air Force outshot Canisius, 37-26, in the game. AFA was 0-for-4 on the power play while Canisius was 2-for-3. Jason Torf made 24 saves for the Falcons while Tony Capobianco made 34 for the Griffs.
"Not that you want to put yourself in that position, but it was great for our guys to come from behind to win this one," head coach Frank Serratore said. "If you aspire to be a champion, you have to have the ability to come from behind and you have to be able to win on the road. This team has proven that they can do both." Air Force travels to Rochester, N.Y., next weekend for a two-game series with the RIT Tigers, tied for fourth in the league. The teams play Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at 7:05 p.m. ET each night.