Nov. 19, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Air Force and Canisius skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday night, Nov. 19, at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. Air Force is 3-6-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the AHA. Canisius is now 4-5-4 overall and 3-4-4 in the league
Neither team scored in the first period as both Air Force and Canisius each had five shots on goal and each won eight faceoffs in the period.
Canisius dominated play in the first half of the second period, but it was Air Force that drew first blood. The Falcons were out-shot, 9-1, in the first nine minutes but then Blake Page scored for a 1-0 Air Force lead. Tim Kirby took a shot from the center point that was redirected right in front by Page. Scott Mathis also assisted on Page's third of the season. Air Force was out-shot, 14-5, in the second period but led 1-0 entering the second intermission.
Midway through the third period, Canisius tied the game on Patrick Sullivan's fourth of the year. On a flurry in front of the Falcon net, goaltender Jason Torf reached out to cover the puck, but it was knocked away and Sullivan tied the game at the 10:46 mark. The game went into overtime and neither team scored. Canisius outshot Air Force, 29-22, in the game. Torf made 28 saves for Air Force while Dan Morrison made 21. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while Canisius was 0-for-2.
"We played a really good first period and third period and overtime," head coach Frank Serratore. "They gave us some problems in the second period and I was not pleased with it. But we did bounce back in the third. I liked our energy level, but we have to score more than one goal. We need to get more shots on goal more traffic in front. Our power play has to get it done and if it scores we win. Torf was really good again which is encouraging."
Air Force plays another conference road game Saturday night, Nov. 20, against Niagara University at 7:05 p.m. ET in Niagara Falls, N.Y.