Nov. 12, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - Colorado College scored four power-play goals as the Tigers beat Air Force, 6-4, in a non-conference college hockey game Friday, Nov. 12, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Colorado College improved to 5-5-1 overall while Air Force fell to 2-6-0.
A fast-paced first period remained scoreless for more than 18 minutes when the Tigers broke the deadlock with a power play goal. Stephen Schultz skated into the slot and faked a slap shot to pull the defenseman towards him. He then slid the puck to Jaden Schwartz on the left side who made a move and flipped a backhander over the glove of Stephen Caple.
Air Force scored two goals in the span of 32 seconds in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Freshman Tony Thomas tied the game at 1:41 when he skated the puck between two Tigers and beat Joe Howe with the wrister glove side. John Kruse and Jason Fabian assisted on the goal. The Falcons took their first lead of the game at 2:13 on Paul Weisgarber's fourth of the season. George Michalke corralled the puck behind the net and fed Weisgarber out front. After Air Force took the lead, the Falcons had two power-play opportunities but were unable to convert as Howe made five saves. On the second Falcon power play, Colorado College tied the game on a short-handed goal by Alexander Krushelnyski at 2-2 at 7:40. Krushelnyski skated in 2-on-2 and sent a wrister past the glove of Caple. Nick Dineen gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead when he re-directed a point shot by Archie Skalbeck at 16:15.
The Tigers took a 4-2 lead at 5:49 of the third period on a power-play goal by Tyler Johnson. With one second remaining on a penalty by Brad Sellers, Skalbeck made a centering pass to Johnson at the hash marks who scored his fifth of the season. Air Force did not get a shot on goal for the first eight minutes of the third period. On Air Force's second shot of the period, the Falcons cut the Tiger lead to 3-2 when Thomas scored his second of the game. Scott Mathis skated through traffic and took a shot from the high slot that was heading wide of the net. Thomas snuck in a redirected it past Howe at 11:16. The Tigers then scored two power-play goals to take a 6-3 lead. Schultz put back a rebound on his own shot at 11:50 for a 5-3 lead. Less than two minutes later, Rylan Schwartz scored on a rebound of a Gabe Guentzel shot for a 6-3 advantage. Falcon defenseman Stephen Carew rounded out the scoring at the 15:06 mark. Thomas won a faceoff in the offensive zone and swatted the puck back to Carew at the point. The sophomore took a couple steps to his right and zipped a wrister over the blocker of Howe. Air Force pulled the goalie in the final 50 seconds but was unable to score.
Air Force outshot Colorado College, 39-33, in the game. CC was 4-for-6 on the power play while AFA was 1-for-6. Howe made 35 saves for the Tigers while Caple made 27 for the Falcons.
"Our energy level was pretty good tonight," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We shot ourselves in the foot tonight. We gave them some opportunities and they took advantage. We took some bad penalties. With all due respect to Colorado College, we beat ourselves tonight."
Air Force hosts third-ranked Yale on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 6:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.