Posted: Jan 30, 2012 12:09 AM by Lee Douglas/USAFA
CANISIUS, N.Y. - Senior Stephen Caple earned his second career shutout as Air Force blanked Canisius, 3-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Sunday at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
Air Force improved to 12-7-5 overall and 10-4-4 in the AHA. Canisius fell to 8-14-3 overall and 8-8-2 in the league. AFA moved into fourth place in the AHA.
Despite a 12-4 shot advantage for Air Force in the first period, neither team scored in the first period. Air Force scored two power-play goals in the second period and the penalty kill was perfect on two Griffin power plays.
John Kruse put the Falcons on the board at the 2:48 mark of the second. Stephen Carew drew a penalty and seven seconds into the power play, AFA scored. Kyle De Laurell fed Scott Mathis at the point who went down low to Kruse. Kruse took a pass down at the bottom of the circle and netted his 10th of the season, first on the power play.
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead at the 11:15 mark with its second power-play goal of the game. Chad Demers fed Mathis at the right point and the senior defenseman scored his fifth of the season. His wrister hit the far post, rolled down the goaltender's back and into the net.
Air Force extended its lead to 3-0 on Ryan Timar's first of the season. Freshman Scott Holm won a puck in the neutral zone and stick-handled around a defenseman. Holm fed Timar down the right side and his shot from the circle found the back of the net at the 10:05 mark.
The Falcons outshot the Griffins, 27-14, in the game. Tony Capobianco made 24 saves for Canisius. Caple stopped all 14 he faced for his first shutout since Oct.23, 2010 (AIC). AFA was 2-for-4 on the power play while Canisius was 0-for-2
Air Force and Canisius conclude the two-game series on Monday, at 7:05 p.m. ET in Buffalo, N.Y.