RIT beats Air Force, 3-2, in overtime
Feb. 19, 2010
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Tyler Mazzei's goal 70 seconds into overtime lifted RIT to a 3-2 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday, Feb. 19, at the Frank Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y.
With the win, RIT improved to 19-11-1 overall and 19-5-1 in the AHA. The win also clinched at least a share of the AHA regular-season championship for the Tigers. Air Force fell to 12-13-6 overall and 12-7-6 in the league.
After a scoreless first period in which each team had seven shots on goal, the two teams combined for four goals in the second period, all on the power play. Just over seven minutes into the second period, RIT was on the power play when Cameron Burt took a shot from the right circle that hit the post to the right of Andrew Volkening. Volkening reached behind him and covered the puck with his hand. The goal light went on but the official waved no goal. After further discussions, the goal was awarded and the Tigers had a 1-0 lead on the power play marker.
Following the goal, back-to-back penalties were called on RIT and the Falcons had 1:41 of a 5-on-3 advantage. Air Force capitalized as Tim Kirby's shot was redirected on the left side of the net by Kyle De Laurell. De Laurell, who drew the second penalty that led to the 5-on-3, netted his fifth of the season to tie the game. Jacques Lamoureux also assisted on the goal that came at 9:26. The Tigers regained the lead at 12:04 on a power play goal by Dan Ringwald. Burt made a pass from the corner and found the defenseman skating down the slot for his ninth of the season. The Falcons again answered on the power play. After De Laurell drew another penalty, the Falcons again tied the game. Scott Mathis's point shot beat DeMichiel low to the far post. De Laurell and John Kruse assisted on the play.
RIT outshot Air Force, 12-6, in the third period, but neither team scored. Air Force's best chance came with 30 seconds left in the third when Derrick Burnett made a centering pass to Matt Fairchild who was coming down the slot. DeMichiel made a glove save on the wrister to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, RIT's Andrew Favot skated down the left wing and took the puck behind the net. His centering pass found Mazzei in the slot who gave the Tigers a 3-2 win.
RIT outshot Air Force, 32-26, in the game. AFA was 2-for-5 on the power play. RIT was 2-for-4. Volkening made 29 saves while DeMichiel had 24.
"The margin of error is pretty thin when you only score two goals," head coach Frank Serratore. "We have to score more goals. We put ourselves in a position to steal a game on the road and didn't. RIT found a way to get it done. It was unfortunate because we used a lot of energy tonight and it is disheartening. We have played pretty good in the last four games and only have one tie to show for it. I feel bad for the guys. Volkening came up big for us tonight but we have to give him some offensive support. We have to put this one behind us and I know our guys will come back with fight tomorrow night."
The same two teams conclude the series on Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EST at Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y.