Nov. 22, 2014
COLORDO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chris Truehl made 35 saves as Air Force beat Colorado College, 3-1, in a non-conference college hockey game Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Cadet Ice Arena. With the win, Air Force wins the Pikes Peak Trophy, named in honor of the late John Matchefts, for the second straight season.
In the first five minutes of the game, Colorado College outshot Air Force, 7-1, and the Tigers scored the first goal. Charlie Taft scored his first of the season from San Rothstein and Matt Hansen with a shot from point-blank range. Late in the period, the Falcons scored two goals in a span of 33 seconds. Max Hartner scored his second of the season on line rush. Ryan Doucet’s shot was saved and Ben Kucera’s follow was also saved. Hartner crashed the net and put back the rebound at 14:52. The Falcons took a 2-1 lead at 15:25 when Cole Gunner fired a shot from the boards on a sharp angle. George Michalke III and Dan Weissenhofer assisted on the play.
With 29 seconds left in the first period, Hartner was called for a five-minute major and a game misconduct. The Falcons killed the five-minute power play, allowing just four shots on goal and blocking four other shots.
Midway through the second period, the Falcons took a 3-1 lead on the rush. Chad Demers led the rush down the left side and fed Ben Carey in the slot. Carey buried his first for the season at 9:35 as Weissenhofer picked up his second assist of the game.
In the third period, Truehl made nine saves and the Falcons had two power plays, but did not convert. CC pulled its goalie with 1:05 left, but did not get a shot on goal.
The Tigers outshot the Falcons, 36-25, in the game. AFA was 0-for-4 on the power play while CC was 0-for-2. Chase Perry made 22 saves for the Falcons.
“The difference in the game was that our goaltender was very good and the fact that we killed the five-minute major,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Chris Truehl was the biggest impact player on the ice. Killing that penalty was huge for us and when you don’t score on those, it is demoralizing. We played a much better game tonight and our puck management was better. This was a huge win for our guys, for our fans and for our self-esteem.”
Air Force returns to Atlantic Hockey Conference action with a two-series series against Canisius, Nov. 28-29, in Buffalo, N.Y.