Nov. 1, 2014
No. 3 North Dakota nips Air Force, 3-2, in overtime
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – UND’s Bryn Chyzyk scored a short-handed goal with 6.4 seconds left in overtime as third-ranked North Dakota edged Air Force, 3-2, in overtime in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. Air Force (2-5 overall and 2-2 in the AHA) had a 2-1 lead late in the third period, but North Dakota (5-1-1 overall) tied the game with 29 seconds left in regulation and went on to win in overtime.
The Falcons drew first blood just three minutes into the game as the freshman line lit the lamp. Will Vosejpka and Ben Kucera worked behind the net and Erik Baskin netted his second of the season at the 2:56 mark.
After killing a UND power play early in the second, the Falcons again found the back of the net. Just seconds after Chad Demers came out of the penalty box, the senior led the rush up the left side. On a perfectly executed tic-tac-toe play, Demers found Cole Gunner in the middle who fed Scott Holm down low. Holm tallied his third of the season, and his second in the last two games for a 2-0 lead 3:10 into the third period.
North Dakota got on the board in the third period as Tucker Poolman scored on the rush with a wrister from the top of the right circle at 6:53. Trailing 2-1 with less than six minutes remaining, Air Force had two quality chances. Kyle Mackey had a breakaway that was saved and Matthew Meier’s rebound attempt was also saved. With just over three minutes left, A.J. Reid hit the cross bar on a partial breakaway. With 1:19 left in the third, UND pulled its goalie in favor of the extra attacker. With time winding down, Drake Caggiula collected a loose puck in the slot and tied the game at 19:31 of the third period.
Midway through overtime, UND’s Brendan O’Donnell was called for a five-minute major and game misconduct after a hit on Tyler Ledford and the Falcons went on the power play. With under 30 seconds left, Air Force was breaking out of its own zone when UND’s Michael Parks forced a turnover at the blue line. Parks led the 2-on-1 down the right side and fed Chyzyk for the game-winner with 6.4 seconds remaining.
UND outshot Air Force, 33-20, in the game. North Dakota had a 12-3 shot advantage in the third period. Falcon sophomore Christ Truehl made 30 saves while UND goalie Zane McIntyre made 18. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while UND was 0-for-4.
“This one we will take to the grave,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “This was the best effort we have had all season by a country mile. All I can say is, we have no regrets. Our kids gave all they had. We had our best guys out there and UND got it done. We put our best power-play unit out there at the end because we play to win. We could have put another defenseman out there, but we don’t play to tie. The Air Force Academy does not play to tie, we play to win. We put our best foot forward tonight, but this one stings.”
Air Force returns home for a two-game, non-conference series against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8, at the Cadet Ice Arena.