Falcons and Warriors skate to 3-3 tie
PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Wayne State overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to force a 3-3 overtime tie in a College Hockey America game Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27 at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
Air Force is now 13-16-3 overall and 5-12-1 in the CHA. Wayne State is 13-15-4 overall and 6-8-4 in the league.
Air Force took the lead as Brian Reese lit the lamp at the 8:50 mark. While on the power play, Eric Ehn skated the puck behind the net and fed Reese in the slot. Reese netted his first career goal as Matt Charbonneau also assisted on the play at the 5:49 mark. Wayne State tied the game at the 8:50 mark. Stavros Paskaris scored on a wrister from the bottom of the circle from Jason Baclig.
With just seven seconds remaining in the second period, the Falcons took a 2-1 lead. Brandon Merkosky won a faceoff in the offensive end and Andrew Ramsey's slap shot beat Will Hooper.
The Falcons took a 3-1 lead at the 8:36 mark as Seth Pelletier scored on a flurry in front of the net. The Falcons won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Pelletier tallied his sixth of the season from Ehn and Billy Devoney. Air Force held the 3-1 lead with nine minutes left in the third, but the Warriors scored the next two goals to tie the game and force overtime. Taylor Donohoe scored at the 11:24 mark on a rebound right in front of the net. With 4:18 left in the third, a puck bounced over the shoulder of Falcon defenseman Steve Mead and Adam Krug picked up the loose puck at the blue line and skated in uncontested on Peter Foster. His slap shot beat Foster to tie the game at 3-3.
Each team had two shots on goal in overtime, but the score remained tied after 65 minutes.
Wayne State out-shot Air Force, 29-26 in the game. The Falcons were 1-for-5 on the power play while WSU was 0-for-1. Foster made 26 saves for the Falcons while Hooper made 23 for the Warriors.
"We played hard enough and well enough to win the game," head coach Frank Serratore said. "But we gave up a two-goal lead in the third period and that is very frustrating. However, when you give them goals, by making turnovers, it is tough to win .We were much better than we were on Saturday."
Air Force returns home next weekend for the final home series of the season, Friday-Saturday, March 4-5 vs. Bemidji State. The faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. MST each night at Cadet Ice Arena.