UAH comes back for 4-2 win over Air Force
Oct. 17, 2009
USAFA, Colo . - Alabama-Huntsville scored two goals in a span of 97 seconds in the second period to erase an Air Force lead and then held off the Falcons for a 4-2 win in a non-conference college hockey game, Saturday night, Oct. 17, at the Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force extended its school record regular-season sellout streak to 10 games as 2,534 fans watched in the 2,470-seat arena.
Less than five minutes into the game, UAH's Andrew Coburn scored on rebound in front of the net. Cody Campbell beat an Air Force defenseman and took a shot that was saved but Coburn lifted the rebound over the pad for a 1-0 lead. Late in the first period, AFA tied the game on the first career goal by Stephen Carew. On the power play, Carew stepped around a defenseman and took a wrister from the left circle that saved. He then joined the melee in front and put back his own rebound to tie the game. Kyle De Laurell and Matt Fairchild assisted on the play.
AFA, 0-4 overall this season, took its first lead of the season when Fairchild scored his first goal of the year. Jacques Lamoureux collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated down the slot. His shot was saved but Fairchild put back the rebound for a 2-1 lead at 4:56 of the second period. AFA held the lead until midway through the period when UAH scored two goals in 97 seconds. Justin Cseter scored on a rebound in the midst of a flurry in front of Andrew Volkening to tie the score at 2-2 at 10:39. After UAH won a faceoff in its offensive end, Matti Jarvinen tried a wrap around and Volkening stuck the left pad out to make the save. However, the puck sat on the ice, about a foot away from Volkening's pad for a second and Chris Fairbanks lifted it in for a 3-2 lead. UAH took a 4-2 lead when Campbell scored from Coburn and Kevin Morrison at the 4:02 mark. On a delayed penalty, Campbell took the puck off the side boards, skated in tight and put back a rebound of his own shot.
Late in the third period, Air Force pulled its goaltender with 3:57 remaining after a penalty was called Morrison. Vince Bruni was then called for roughing giving Air Force a 6-on-3 advantage for 60 seconds. However, the Chargers blocked several shots out front and did not let one past their goaltender Cameron Talbot.
Talbot made 34 saves in the game and 74 in the series. Volkening allowed four goals and made 23 stops. Air Force out-shot UAH, 36-27, in the game. AFA was 1-for-4 on the power play and killed all six Charger man-advantages.
"In my opinion, the better team won tonight," head coach Frank Serratore said. "Last night, I thought we shot ourselves in the foot, but not tonight. They got the lead and then battled back after losing the lead. They did it without scoring a power play goal. They did it the old fashioned way. We took some steps in the right direction this weekend. We scrapped and fought hard. We are a struggling team right now and we just have to go back to work and stick together to get through it."
Air Force opens Atlantic Hockey Association play next weekend as the Falcons host RIT, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24 at 7:05 p.m. each night at Cadet Ice Arena.