Falcons clinch home ice in playoffs with 6-2 win over AIC
Feb. 23, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Andrew Ramsey scored two goals and Eric Ehn had three assists as Air Force beat AIC, 6-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday night, Feb. 23, at the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield, Mass.
With the victory, Air Force clinched home ice in the first round of the AHA playoffs, March 10, at 7:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena. AFA's opponent is not yet determined.
Air Force got on the board first with a power-play goal by Ramsey at the 11:34 mark of the first period. Ehn took a shot that bounced off the backboards and went to Jeff Hajner. Hajner slid the puck through the crease to Ramsey who gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
Three second-period goals gave a 4-1 lead after the first 40 minutes. Brian Gineo's power-play goal at the 6:38 mark gave AFA a 2-0 lead. His shot from the point was assisted by Josh Schaffer and Brian Reese. Ramsey's second of the game, and 20th of the season, gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead at the 11:20 mark. Ehn and Schaffer assisted on the play as Ramsey skated out from behind the net and took a shot from the bottom of the left circle.
AIC got on the board with a power-play goat at 14:51. Jeremy Leroux took a shot from the point that deflected off of Jereme Tendler and into the net. The goal was the first allowed by Air Force and goalie Ben Worker and nearly five full periods.
Air Force answered when Josh Print scored on a breakaway with three minutes left in the period to make the score 4-1. Frank Schiavone made a long outlet pass to Print in the neutral zone. Print skated in uncontested and scored his third of the season.
AIC cut the Falcon lead to 4-2 early in the third period with a power-play goal from Frankie DeAngelis. Leroux fired a shot from the point that was saved by Ben Worker. With Worker just getting up from the ice, DeAngelis' shot from the left circle slid under Worker's pads.
The Falcons again answered the AIC goal as Hajner gave AFA a 5-2 lead with 5:51 remaining from Ehn and Ramsey. Ehn took a shot that was saved, but Hajner put back the rebound for his 12th of the season. With one second left on the clock, senior Jay Medenwaldt scored his second of the season from Josh Frider.
AFA outshot AIC, 14-3, in the third period and 33-26 in the game. The Falcons were 2-for-4 on the power play while the Yellow Jackets were 2-for-5. Worker made 24 saves for the Falcons while Fenton made 17.
"We are very excited to have a home playoff game and we earned it," head coach Frank Serratore said. "AIC is a much improved team and they work very hard. They were good tonight, but we were better. I'm real proud of our effort. We answered all of their goals and we had some guys make some big plays. Ben did his job for us tonight and was solid."
The same two teams conclude the two-game league series, and the regular season, Saturday night, Feb. 24, in Springfield, Mass.