Nov. 2, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Holy Cross scored three goals in the second period for a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday, Nov. 2, at Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Holy Cross moved into first place in the AHA with a 3-1 record (4-1 overall). Air Force fell to 1-3-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the league.
In the first minute of the game, Air Force freshman Ben Carey scored his first career goal on a two-on-one rush. John Kruse carried the puck into the zone on the left side. After the Crusader defenseman hit the ice, Kruse fed Carey coming down the slot just 37 seconds into the game. Air Force took a 2-0 lead at the 12:18 mark. Defenseman Adam McKenzie found Tony Thomas coming across the slot and his shot was saved. However, Thomas collected the rebound and passed to a wide-open Stephen Carew in the far circle. Carew's one-timer beat Matt Ginn, high blocker side, for a 2-0 Air Force lead. Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 9-0, in the first 13 minutes of the game. However, Holy Cross took the next seven shots on goal, four of those coming on the power play.
Holy Cross scored three goals in a span of 10 minutes in the second period. At the 7:14 mark, Kyle Fletcher won a faceoff in the Air Force zone and Erik Vos fired a shot on net. Torf made the save, but Vos cleaned up the rebound to make the score 2-1. The Crusaders tied the game at 14:14 on the power play. Fletcher skated the puck through traffic and into the zone down the left wing. He found Brendan Nunn in the slot to tie the game at 2-2. Just over three minutes later, Adam Schmidt converted a Falcon turnover into the game-winning goal at the 17:52 mark. Air Force turned the puck over at its own blue line and Schmidt took two strides to the high slot and fired a wrister for his second goal of the season. Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 21-8, in the second period.
Air Force controlled much of the play in the third period, but were unable to get the equalizer as Ginn turned away all nine Falcon shots., Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 43-28, in the game. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 43-19, in the final 47 minutes. AFA was 0-for-2 on the power play while HC was 1-for-3. Ginn made 26 saves for the Crusaders while Jason Torf tied his career high with 40 saves for the Falcons.
"We are not very disciplined right now and we are playing a soft game," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We had a two-goal lead and had a chance to come out and punch them in the mouth in the second period. Instead, they imposed their will on us. They took it to us in the second period. I have no beef with the way we played in the third period, but why can't we play like that in the first two periods."
Air Force and Holy Cross conclude the two-game league series on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Cadet Ice Arena.