No. 17 Air Force beats Bentley, 5-1; improves to 7-0
Oct. 31, 2008
USAFA, Colo. - Five different players scored as 17th-ranked Air Force beat Bentley, 5-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday night at the Cadet Ice Arena.
With the win, Air Force stays undefeated at 7-0-0 on the season and 5-0-0 in AHA play. Bentley fell to 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-1 in the league. The Falcons are 7-0 for the first time since the 1971-72 team started the season 8-0. The seven straight Division I wins is a new school record. With Nebraska-Omaha's loss tonight, Air Force is the only undefeated and untied team in the nation.
In the first 10 minutes of the game, Bentley took the play to Air Force and outshot the home team, 3-0. However, AFA scored two goals in a span of 20 seconds and never looked back. Greg Flynn's point shot started a flurry in front of the net and freshman Paul Weisgarber scored his second of the season at the 9:49 mark. Fellow freshman linemate Greg Burgdoerfer assisted on the play. After the ensuing faceoff, Jacques Lamoureux scored on a delayed penalty situation at the 10:09 mark. After Volkening left the ice, Lamoureux joined the play. Brad Sellers kept the puck in at the point and Lamoureux, the nation's leading goal scorer with eight in seven games, gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Mike Phillipich also scored on the play.
Air Force added two goals in the second period to build a 4-0 lead. Derrick Burnett scored a power-play goal from the bottom of the left circle from Matt Fairchild and Scott Kozlak. Tim Kirby took a shot from the point that started the scramble in front at the 6:37 mark. With 1:32 left in the period, AFA scored for a 4-0 lead just after a power-play ended. Blake Page made a great pass across the crease to Scott Kozlak who was wide open at the far post. Kozlak's first of the season was also assisted by Michael Mayra.
Page scored his second of the year at the 6:28 mark of the third period on the power play. Kozlak fed freshman defenseman Tim Mathis who fired a shot from the point. Page cleaned up the rebound for a 5-0 lead. With 5:51 left, Bentley's Dain Prewitt broke up the shutout as he got behind the Air Force defense and netted his second of the year.
Air Force outshot Bentley, 32-23, and had a 29-14 advantage early in the third period. Volkening made 22 saves while Bentley freshman Kyle Rank had 27. AFA was 2-for-8 on the power play while Bentley was 0-for-7.
"This was a solid, team win for us tonight," head coach Frank Serratore said. "All four of lines scored and we played with good intensity. Bentley came out hard to open the game and you have to give them credit for that. After that, we executed our game plan very well. "
The same two teams conclude the series Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:05 p.m. MT at the Cadet Ice Arena. Following the game, Air Force is idle until a road league series at Holy Cross, Nov. 14-15.