MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Air Force and 17th-ranked Robert Morris skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Nov. 14, at the 84 Lumber Arena in Moon Township, Pa. Air Force has tied each of its last two games and is 2-6-2 overall, 2-2-1 in the AHA. Robert Morris remains undefeated on the season with a 7-0-2 overall record, 5-0-2 in the league.
Air Force lit the lamp first as the top line scored for the eighth time in 10 games this season. Chad Demers’ shot was saved but Scott Holm put back the rebound at 4:13 of the first period. The point for Demers was the 99th of his career. Cole Gunner also had an assist, his team-leading ninth assist and 13th point of the season.
Early in the second period, the Falcons scored as three freshmen combined on the power play. Defenseman Phil Boje netted his third of the season with a shot from the point for a 2-0 lead at 1:17 of the second. Fellow freshmen Jonathan Kopacka and Tyler Ledford assisted on the play. Midway through the second period, the Colonials got on the board as David Friedmann scored from Brady Ferguson and Daniel Leavens at 11:12. Falcon senior defenseman Mike McDonald gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead at 14:39 as he netted his second of the season from Jordan Himley and Ben Kucera. Nine seconds later, the Colonials scored as Friedmann tallied his second of the game from Leavens and Ferguson.
Midway through the third period, Colonial Zac Lynch tried to make a pass that was blocked by an Air Force defenseman. However, the puck went right back to Lynch who netted his third of the season to tie the game at 3-3 at 7:23 of the third. Evan Moore assisted on the goal.
Robert Morris outshot Air Force, 36-30, in the game. RMU outshot Air Force, 3-0, in overtime. RMU was 0-for-2 on the power play while AFA was 1-for-5. Falcon goalie Chris Truehl made 33 saves while RMU goalie Terry Shafer made 27 saves.
“It was a really good and entertaining game,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “They are an experienced, deep team that plays hard and, give them credit, they battled back to get the tie. I really liked our compete level and we earned a tough point on the road. Tomorrow will be interesting to see how our young guys come back the second night. We know that Robert Morris will come at us with a ton of intensity tomorrow. They are a difficult team to play against. There is a reason why they are the defending champions and they didn’t lose very much from last season.”
The same two teams conclude the two-game league series on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:05 p.m. ET in Moon Township, Pa.