Nov. 21, 2009
STORRS, Conn . - Air Force scored three goals early in the second period and held on for a 3-1 win over UConn in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday night, Nov. 21, at the Mark Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn.
Air Force took three points in the series and improved to 6-5-3 overall and 6-1-3 in the AHA. The Falcons are in second place, one point behind RIT. UConn fell to 2-8-2 overall and 2-5-2 in the league.
After a scoreless first period, Air Force took control of the game with three goals in the first nine minutes of the second period. Air Force got on the board first when Jacques Lamoureux made a centering pass from the corner and Paul Weisgarber scored his third of the season. Two minutes later, Derrick Burnett made a great, long outlet pass to Blake Page who got behind the defense. Page went top shelf to beat UConn goalie, Jeff Larson, for a 2-0 lead at the 4:36 mark. The goal was Page's first of the season. The Falcons took a 3-0 lead on the power play at the 9:14 mark. Lamoureux scored his second goal of the series on the power play. Jeff Hajner made a pass down low to Burnett who found Lamoureux in the slot.
Air Force had several chances early in the third period to increase their lead, but was unable to do so. The Falcons held the 3-0 lead until late in the third period. With two minutes left in the third, the Huskies pulled their goaltender in favor of an extra skater. After Air Force lost three straight faceoffs in the defensive zone and were unable to clear the puck out of the zone, the Huskies got on the board. With 43 seconds left in the game, Alex Gerke took a shot from the right circle that went through traffic and beat Andrew Volkening high to break up the shutout.
"You win the game, but you don't feel very good about it," head coach Frank Serratore. "We territorially dominated all six periods, but they weren't very entertaining games. We aren't going to apologize for getting three points on the road. UConn's style of play makes it very difficult, but we have to learn how to deal with that and do a better job against it. Volkening played a very good game and the guys all felt bad about losing the shutout for him. You always want to finish strong and that put a little damper on it. I liked our work ethic and we were well deserving of three points in the series. We have a little break now and just went 2-0-2 on a four-game road swing. I'll take that any day."
The Falcons outshot the Huskies, 38-22, in the game. AFA was 1-for-5 on the power play while UConn was 0-for-5. Volkening made 21 saves for the Falcons while Larson made 35 for the Huskies.
Air Force is now off until after Thanksgiving when the Falcons host four straight games to close out the first half of the season. AFA hosts AIC, Dec. 4-5, and then Mercyhurst, Dec. 11-12, at the Cadet Ice Arena.