Posted: Nov 21, 2009 6:04 AM
Updated: Nov 21, 2009 6:04 AM
STORRS, Conn . - Husky Mike Coppola scored with 6:28 left in the third period as Air Force and UConn skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday night, Nov. 20, at the Mark Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn.
Air Force fell into second place in the league and is now 5-5-3 overall and 5-1-3 in the AHA. UConn is now 2-7-2 overall and 2-4-2 in the AHA. RIT moved into sole possession with its seventh straight win earlier tonight.
Air Force controlled play in the first period, but it was UConn that scored first on the power play. Sean Ambrosie sent a puck around the boards that bounced out in front of the net and Andrew Olson put in the rebound at the 12:49 mark. The goal snapped Air Force's streak of killing 24 consecutive opponent power plays. Air Force quickly answered on a four-on-four situation. Tim Kirby took a shot down the slot that hit hard off the back boards and bounced to the side of the net. Derrick Burnett collected the puck and back-handed it past Jeff Larson to tie the game at 1-1 at the 15:53 mark. Jeff Hajner also assisted on the play.
Late in the second period, Air Force took a 2-1 lead on the power play. Burnett skated the puck into the corner and used a spin move to beat a UConn defenseman down low. He skated behind the net and found Jacques Lamoureux in the slot who gave Air Force a 2-1 lead with 2:56 remaining. The goal was his sixth of the season and his fourth power-play goal of the year. Scott Mathis also assisted on the play.
UConn tied the game with 6:28 left in the third when Jeff Sapeiha centered the puck from behind the net and Copppola scored his second of the season. Neither team scored again in regulation or overtime.