Falcons beat Dinos, 4-2

    Senior left wing Andrew Ramsey
    Senior left wing Andrew Ramsey

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    Oct. 2, 2006

    Senior Andrew Ramsey had a goal and an assist in the third period as Air Force beat the University of Calgary, 4-2, in an exhibition game Monday, Oct. 1, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.

    Air Force opened the scoring just 1:15 into the first period as Brian Reese scored from right in front of the net. Theo Zacour won a faceoff in the offensive end and sent the puck behind the boards to freshman Matt Fairchild. Fairchild's centering pass was one-timed past Calgary goalie Scott Talbot.

    Just over a minute later, the Dinos answered as Brett O'Malley scored on the power play. Tyrel Lucas' pass was right on the tape to O'Malley who scored from point-blank range at the 2:24 mark past AFA goalie Peter Foster.

    Midway through the second period, both teams changed goalies as freshman Andrew Volkening came in for the Falcons while Jordan McLaughlin came on for the Dinos.

    Senior Jay Medenwaldt gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead at the 12:15 mark of the second period. Brent Olson fed Brian Gineo at the point who fired a slap shot that was redirected by Medenwaldt at the top of the crease. The Dinos again answered as Lucas scored at the 17:26 mark. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Calgary's Travis Friedley found Lucas who scored from the high slot.

    Air Force took control with a pair of power-play goals early in the third period. Sophomore Mike Phillipich netted the game-winner at the 1:24 mark. His shot from the slot came from Ramsey and freshman Jeff Hajner with 11 seconds remaining on the power play.



    After back-to-back Dino penalties, the Falcons took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity. The Falcons patiently moved the puck around the perimeter before Michael Mayra fired a slap shot that hit the left post. The puck kicked out to the right side and Ramsey put back the rebound for a 4-2 lead.

    In his collegiate debut between the pipes, Volkening kept the nets clean by stopping all 10 Dino shots in the final period.

    "We have great depth and it showed tonight," head coach Frank Serratore said. "There is no drop-off in our forward lines or our defense. I was pleased with the goaltending tonight as well. We'll find out where we are on the food chain on Friday (vs. Colorado College). CC will have speed like we may not see the rest of the season. We look forward to the challenge."

    Air Force out-shot Calgary, 49-22, in the game. AFA had a 20-5 advantage after one period. Foster made eight saves while allowing one goal in 30 minutes. Volkening made 12 stops while allowing one goal in 30 minutes. Talbot started the game for the Dinos, stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced. McLaughlin had 21 saves and gave up three goals.

    The Falcons were 2-for-8 on the power play while Calgary was 1-for-7.

    Air Force opens the 2006-07 regular season against 15th-ranked Colorado College, Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:05 p.m. in the Cadet Ice Arena. The Falcons then host Alabama-Huntsville, Sunday, Oct. 8, at 5:05 p.m.


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