Dec 4, 2010 12:04 AM by Jordan Mason
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force and Holy Cross skated to a 1-1 overtime in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.
Holy Cross got on the board first when Jay Silvia forced a turnover in the neutral zone, collected the puck and skated down the left side. He snuck inside of a Falcon defenseman and his wrister went five-hole for a 1-0 lead. The lead held until there was five seconds left in the second period. After Air Force killed two Crusader power plays, the Falcons tied the game on Paul Weisgarber's team-leading eighth of the season. Weisgarber won a faceoff in his own end and George Michalke skated into the Holy Cross end. His cross-ice pass found Matt Becker who touched it to Adam McKenzie at the right point. McKenzie fired a shot that was redirected at the hash marks by Weisgarber at the 19:55 mark.
The Falcons carried that momentum over into the third period and had an 11-1 shot advantage over the Crusaders. However, Holy Cross goaltender Derek Kump kept the game tied and then the Crusaders had several chances late in the period that were turned away by Jason Torf. The best scoring chance of the period came with about seven minutes left when Silvia had a breakaway and Torf made the save. In overtime, Torf made four saves as the game ended in a 1-1 overtime tie.
Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 32-27, in the game. AFA was 0-for-4 on the power play while Holy Cross was 0-for-2. Kump made 31 saves for Holy Cross. Torf made 26 for Air Force.
"Holy Cross is a well-coached team and they do a good job of protecting the house," head coach Frank Serratore said. "There is no easy ice against them. They were a lot stronger than us on the faceoff dot and we need to be better there We needed to get a power-play goal. If we do, we win the game. I liked our effort for the most part. The guys worked hard. We didn't get a lot of puck luck in the game, but sometimes you have to manufacture that. This sets up tomorrow night's game. The winner gets three points."
Air Force and Holy Cross conclude the series on Saturday, Dec.4 at 7:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.