Lamoureux scores two in 4-1 win over Canisius
Nov. 1, 2009
Jacques Lamoureux scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Canisius in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1, at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
The teams split the two-game series as Air Force improved to 3-5 overall and 3-1 and in first place in the AHA. Canisius fell to 2-6 overall all 1-3 in the league.
For just the second time all year, Air Force scored the first goal in the game and took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Jacques Lamoureux scored his second of the weekend and third of the season on a delayed penalty. Matt Fairchild blazed down the right side and was held by Chris Forsman. Fairchild made a centering pass and Lamoureux gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead at 11:11. Air Force took a 2-0 lead on the power play on freshman Kyle De Laurell's first career goal at 16:47. Fellow freshman Mike Walsh's shot was saved but De Laurell put back the rebound for a 2-0 lead.
Air Force spent the majority of the second period killing penalties as the Falcons were whistled four times. Air Force killed the first three and nearly came away unscathed. However, Canisius scored with nine seconds left of its final power play. Dave Kostuch punched in a rebound on a flurry in front of Volkening at the 13:41 mark.
At the end of the second period, Carl Hudson was called for interference and the Falcons started the third period on the power play. Air Force capitalized as Lamoureux's second goal of the game gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead on the power play 51 seconds into the third period. Lamoureux's first shot was saved, but wristed in the rebound as he was lunging toward the puck in the slot.
With Air Force leading 3-1, several Air Force turnovers at its own blueline led to some breakaway opportunities for Canisius. Andrew Volkening made three saves on Griff breakaways that maintained AFA's two-goal lead. Scott Kozlak's first goal of the season came at 15:26 on the rush. His shot coming down the left wing was wide but Mark Williams corralled the loose puck and gave it back to Kozlak in the slot for a 4-1 Air Force lead.
Canisius outshot Air Force, 35-28, in the game. Volkening made 34 saves for Air Force while Dan Morrison made 25 for the Griffs. AFA was 2-for-6 on the power play. Canisius was 1-for-7 on the man-advantage.
"One of our objectives tonight was to score the first goal and we got the first two," head coach Frank Serratore said. "Every goalie in AHA is good. Scoring the first goal is huge because it is awfully tough to come back on good goalies. Yesterday Morrison got a lead and took it to bank, today it was Volkening who got the lead. We won, battle level was great, but no style points tonight. We gave them several breakaways and Volks saved us. This is a good road win, but we have a long way to go. The good news is its only fourth weekend of season. Volkening was at his best tonight. He made the saves he usually makes, but because of our turnovers, he had to make a few that saved us. We handed them some opportunities to get back in it and that has to change."
Air Force returns home to host Bentley University, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at 7:05 p.m. at the Academy's Cadet Field House.