Dec. 6, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - Air Force and Holy Cross skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday, Dec. 6, at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Air Force is now 7-5-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the AHA. Holy Cross is 4-9-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the league.
Holy Cross' Castan Sommer gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead at the 6:12 mark of the first period with his fourth of the season. Matt Vidal's shot was saved and created a flurry in front. Sommer pushed the puck under the pads of Jason Torf for the game's first goal. Late in the period, Jason Fabian drew a penalty on Holy Cross' Ryan McGrath. With 59 seconds left in the period, Fabian tied the game with a power-play goal. After Chad Demers won a faceoff in the offensive zone, Cole Gunner took a shot from the goal line and Fabian tipped it past Matt Ginn to tie the game.
The Crusaders regained the lead early in the second period as Logan Smith scored with a slap shot from the top of the right circle on the rush at 1:13. The Falcons tied the game midway through the second period with a blue-collar goal. A.J. Reid and Max Birkinbine worked to gain possession behind the Crusader net. Reid took a shot that was saved and Mitch Torrel put back the rebound. His second of the season came at 12:29 of the second period. Reid and Birkinbine, both freshmen, earned the first points of their careers.
Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 11-10, in the third period and 4-3 in overtime, but neither team was able to score.
The Falcons held a 40-28 shot advantage in the game. AFA was 1-for-2 on the power play while HC was 0-for-3. Ginn made 38 saves for the Crusaders while Torf made 26. "It was a hard fought game just as I thought it would be," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We knew they would be a difficult team to play against and we were fairly difficult to play against as well. It was a game that we could have won, but we could have lost it as well. Both goalies were very good in the game. They didn't give us anything tonight. We had to work for everything we got. It should be another great game tomorrow. These are two evenly-matched teams with all-conference caliber goalies on both ends."
Air Force and Holy Cross conclude the two-game league series on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:05 p.m. ET in Worcester, Mass.