Posted: Jan 16, 2010 7:15 AM
Updated: Jan 16, 2010 7:15 AM
WATERTOWN, Mass . - Air Force tied a season high with six goals as the Falcons beat Bentley, 6-3, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday night at the John A. Ryan Center in Watertown, Mass.
Air Force improved to 10-8-5 overall and 10-4-5 in the AHA. Bentley fell to 9-9-3 overall and 7-6-2 in the league. Air Force moved into a tie for first place in the AHA with RIT, one point ahead of Mercyhurst, who lost tonight at Sacred Heart.
Air Force scored two goals in a span of 34 seconds to take a 2-0 lead in the first period. John Kruse got the Falcons on the board at the 7:26 mark of the first period. After AFA won the faceoff in the offensive end, Kruse took the puck to the net and put back his own rebound for a 1-0 lead. Thirty-four seconds later, the Falcons took a 2-0 lead on defenseman Tim Kirby's third of the season. Kirby took the puck in the neutral zone, stick-handled around two Bentley defensemen and took a shot from the right circle that beat Bentley goalie Joe Calvi. With 1:11 left in the first period, Bentley got on the board when Jamie Nudy scored on a rebound of his own shot.
Blake Page gave Air Force a 3-1 lead at the 8:53 mark of the second period. Page skated down the left wing and put back a rebound of his own shot for his third goal of the season.
Forty seconds into the third period, Kyle De Laurell skated down the left side and his shot from the bottom of the left circle beat Calvi high blocker side for a 4-1 lead. Bentley answered at 2:23 on a goal by Jeremy Robert. Robert took a pass from behind the net and cut the AFA lead to 4-2. The Falcons then scored two goals in a span of 1:42. On the power play, Bentley's Justin Kemmerer skated into the Air Force zone on a short-handed breakaway. Matt Fairchild caught the Bentley forward, took the puck away from behind, turned and race down the left wing. As he got into Bentley zone, his centering pass was right on the tape of Jeff Hajner who scored the power-play goal for a 5-2 lead at 5:57. The Falcons took a 6-2 lead at 7:39 on Matt Becker's first goal of the season. Stephen Carew found Brett Nylander in the slot who touched it over to Becker on the right post. Bentley cut the lead to 6-3 as Brett Hartung scored a 5-on-3 goal with 8:35 remaining to make up the final margin.
Air Force out-shot Bentley, 30-29, in the game. AFA was 1-for-6 on the power play while Bentley was 1-for-7. Volkening made 26 saves for AFA while Calvi had 24 for Bentley.
The same two teams conclude the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET in Watertown, Mass.