Oct. 14, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Kyle DeLaurell scored at 1:50 of overtime as Air Force beat Niagara, 3-2 in overtime, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Oct. 14, at the Air Force Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force improved to 1-2-0 overall this season and 1-0-0 in the AHA. Niagara fell to 0-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the league
Niagara scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game. Purple Eagle center Isaac Kohls scored Niagara's first goal of the season with a wrister from the right circle. Doug Clifford flipped the puck off the wall to Kohls who skated down the right side for a 1-0 lead at 2:22. Ryan Rashid gave the Purple Eagles a 2-0 lead at 3:54 with a backhander that went over the shoulder of AFA goalie Stephen Caple. AFA answered with a line rush as Kyle DeLaurell scored his first of the season.
Freshman Cole Gunner skated down the right side and centered the puck to George Michalke. Michalke's tip went to the weakside and DeLaurell was wide open at 8:19. AFA tied the game at 7:13 of the second period on freshman Brad McBride's first career goal. Ryan Timar knocked down an attempted clear at the blue line and sent the puck into the slot. McBride fired it five hole to make the score 2-2. Neither team scored in the third period, but the Falcon penalty kill kept the game deadlocked. The Falcons killed two penalties late in the third period, including one that carried over into overtime.
After killing off the final 51 seconds of the power play in overtime, the Falcons scored the game winner at the 1:50 mark. Gunner stepped up on a loose puck in the neutral zone and dropped the puck to Chad Demers on the left side. Demers then found DeLaurell skating down the slot and the junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., scored his second of the evening and the fourth game-winner of his career.
"This was character-building win for us," head coach Frank Serratore said. "To come from two goals down and then to take the game over in a lot of aspects says a lot about our guys. I am most proud of our guys by killing off those two penalties in the third period."
Air Force continues its Atlantic Hockey Association home stand by hosting Robert Morris on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.