Air Force blanks Holy Cross, 7-0
Nov. 3, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Jason Torf recorded his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career as he made 23 saves in a 7-0 win over Holy Cross in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. The two teams split the weekend series as the Falcons improved to 2-3-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the league. Holy Cross fell to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the AHA.
Seven different Falcons scored goals as AFA scored two in the first, two in the second and three in the third. Air Force scored a power-play goal, a short-handed goal, a penalty shot goal and three even-strength goals.
Junior Ryan Timar opened the scoring at the 9:46 mark with his first goal of the season. Adam McKenzie took a shot from the point that was saved and Stephen Carew's follow was saved. Timar picked up the rebound between the circles and scored the eventual game-winner. Sophomore Chad Demers gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead at 13:03 on the power play. McKenzie slid the puck to the top of the right circle and Demers beat goalie Derek Kump with a one-timer.
The Falcons took a 3-0 lead at the 7:34 mark of the second period as Scott Holm scored on the rush. Jacob Musselman chipped the puck out of the zone and Casey Kleisinger dropped it to Holm in the neutral zone. Holm skated down the left side, crossed behind Demers and fired a wrister over the glove for his second of the season. With less than two minutes left in the second period, McKenzie scored his first of the season for a 4-0 lead. With the Falcons on the power play, and in a delayed penalty situation, McKenzie's point shot went through traffic and beat Kump at 18:03. John Kruse and Tony Thomas assisted on the play.
Air Force added three in the third period to make up the final margin. Just over five minutes into the period, Crusader Jake Bolton was called for a penalty as he caught the puck in the crease and then threw it out to the blue line. Carew took the penalty shot and beat Kump over his right pad for a 5-0 lead at the 5:35 mark. Jason Fabian scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season at 7:28 with a wrister from the high slot. Dan Weissenhofer and Scott Holm assisted on the goal. Freshman Ben Carey scored his second goal of the series, and second of his career, with a short-handed goal with 4:06 remaining. Weissenhofer chipped the puck to Carey in the neutral zone who made a mover around a defenseman and beat Kump with a backhander just inside the far post.
Torf made 23 saves in the game, including 21 in the final two periods, and stopped 63 of the 66 shots he faced in the series. The shutout was his first since a 4-0 win over RIT in last season's AHA championship game. Kump made 25 saves for the Crusaders. AFA was 2-for-6 on the power play while Holy Cross was 0-for-3. AFA outshot Holy Cross, 32-23, in the game.
Air Force is on the road next weekend for a two-game non-conference series at Penn State, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, in University Park, Pa. Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET each night.