Air Force holds on for 3-2 win over Bentley
Dec. 31, 2010
WATERTOWN Mass. - Air Force took a 3-0 lead in the second period and then held off Bentley for a 3-2 win in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Dec. 31, at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass. Air Force swept the two-game league series and improved to 8-7-2 overall and 6-3-2 in the AHA. The Falcons are above .500 for the first time all season.
Air Force drew first blood on the power play at the 17:31 mark, when Kyle DeLaurell put back a rebound of a Jacques Lamoureux shot for a 1-0 Air Force lead. Derrick Burnett made a centering pass and Lamoureux's shot was saved. DeLaurell snuck in from behind the net and went high for his fifth of the season.
AFA scored two goals in a span of 2:28 late in the second period. Freshman Adam McKenzie scored a short-handed goal as he skated on a 2-on-1 breakaway and zipped a wrister past Bentley goalie Brenden Komm at 14:28. Derrick Burnett gave Air Force a 3-0 lead with a power play goal at 16:56. Burnett made a spin move off the boards and skated in the left circle and took a shot that hit a stick, flipped over the goaltenders head and landed in the back of the net. Bentley cut the Air Force lead to 3-1 with 1:39 left in the period as Brett Hartung made a centering pass from the goal line and Ryan Kayfes tipped it in for his second of the year.
Bentley cut the Air Force lead to 3-2 at 6:42 of the third period. Hartung made a pass from low on the right side to the left circle and Justin Breton pounded a slap shot past Jason Torf. At the 7:46 mark, Mike Walsh was called for a checking from behind major, giving Bentley a five-minute power play. In the middle of the power play, Brad Sellers was called for charging giving Bentley a 5-on-3 advantage for two full minutes. Scott Mathis, Tim Kirby and Paul Weisgarber killed every minute as Bentley took a time out in the middle of the power play. Air Force killed the entire 5-on-3 and the five-minute major as Torf made six saves. Bentley pulled its goalie in the final 1:15 but was unable to score and force overtime.
Bentley out-shot Air Force, 41-34, in the game and had a 17-7 advantage in the third period. AFA was 2-for-6 on the power play while Bentley was 0-for-6. Torf made a career high 39 saves while Komm made 31 stops.
"I can't remember two more character wins on the road than this weekend," head coach Frank Serratore said. "That's doing it the hard way. You get dealt these situations in hockey and in life and you have to deal with it and overcome it. Then you become stronger. Bentley just wouldn't go away but when it gets right down to it, our guys did a terrific job. Those penalty killers, Mathis, Kirby and Weisgarber did a tremendous job and Jason Torf made the saves he had to make."
Air Force returns to action with a two-game league series at Sacred Heart, Jan. 7-8, in Connecticut.