Nov. 7, 2010
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force scored three third-period goals for a 4-3 win over RIT in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.
The Falcons improved to 2-5-0 overall this season and 2-3-0 in the AHA. RIT fell to 2-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the AHA.
Air Force dug itself a hole in the first five minutes as RIT built a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes into the game, Andrew Favot scored on the power play from Adam Hartley and Tyler Brenner. Favot tipped in a point shot by Hartley at 1:47. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead when Sean Murphy forced a turnover behind the Falcon net. Scott Knowles made a centering pass to Michael Colavecchia who beat David Bosner to the glove side at 4:59. After the goal, junior Stephen Caple replaced Bosner between the pipes for the Falcons. The Falcons got on the board when Matt Becker scored his first of the season on the power play. Jacques Lamoureux took a shot from the right circle that was saved and Becker collected the rebound and slid it into the far corner to cut the RIT lead to 2-1 at 14:37.
The Falcons outshot the Tigers, 16-2, in the second period but were unable to get one past RIT goaltender Jan Ropponen.
Trailing 2-1, the Falcons killed off 55 seconds of a Tiger 5-on-3 early in the third-period. Air Force then tied the score at 2-2 at the 12:23 mark when Stephen Carew took a shot from the point that went through a Tony Thomas screen and got past Ropponen. RIT answered 38 seconds later for a 3-2 lead. Greg Noyes scored on a wrister from the left circle that beat Caple on the short side at 13:01. Air Force scored the next two goals of the game to earn its second league win. Paul Weisgarber re-directed a shot from Mike Walsh to tie the game at 14:59. After a charging penalty on RIT, the Falcons capitalized with their third power-play goal of the game. John Kruse scored his fourth of the season on a scramble in front of the net. Jason Fabian and Thomas assisted on the game-winning goal. RIT had a power play in the final three minutes of the game and then pulled the goaltender for a two-man advantage in the last 50 seconds but were unable to tie the game. Air Force out-shot RIT, 40-26, in the game. AFA was 3-for-9 on the power play while RIT was 1-for-6. Bosner started the game and allowed two goals on four shots in five minutes. Caple earned the win as he played the final 55 minutes and made 21 saves, including 15 in the third period. Ropponen made 36 saves for the Tigers. "We had to find a way to win this game and our guys kept fighting," head coach Frank Serratore said. "I didn't want to put any pressure on the guys to win. I put pressure on them to play better defensively. We needed to get a win to feel good about something and this was one that we deserved."
Air Force continues its home stand as the Falcons host Colorado College, Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:05 p.m. at Cadet Ice Arena. AFA then hosts fifth-ranked Yale on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 6:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.