Posted: Feb 4, 2011 11:24 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Adam Hartley scored a power-play goal with 2:53 left in overtime as RIT beat Air Force, 1-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at a sold out Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y. Air Force fell to 11-10-5 overall and 9-6-5 in the AHA. RIT improved to 14-8-6 overall and 13-3-5 in the league. RIT is in first place in the league while Air Force is in fourth.
Neither team scored in the first period, but Air Force dodged a couple bullets in the second period. Air Force did not get a shot on goal for the first 13 minutes of the second period. Meanwhile, RIT hit two pipes and game remained scoreless. In the first four minutes of the third period, each team had a flurry in front of the opposing goaltender, but the nets remained clean. With just over six minutes left in the third period, Derrick Burnett drew a penalty and the Falcons went on the power play. However, the Falcons did not get a shot on goal and the game went into overtime.
Early in overtime, Kyle DeLaurell was called for boarding and RIT went on the power play. With less than three minutes remaining, Adam Mitchell took a shot that was saved and the puck went into the corner. Mitchell then centered the puck to a wide open Hartley in the slot who went high, glove side, for the game-winner at the 2:07 mark.
RIT outshot Air Force in every period and 37-20 in the game. AFA was 0-for-4 on the power play while RIT was 1-for-2. Torf made 36 saves for AFA while Shane Madolora had 20 for RIT.
"We didn't play a great game tonight, but our goalie was terrific," head coach Frank Serratore said. "The game was going our way, the pucks were bouncing our way and they had some chances that didn't go in the net. You have to be at your best to get points and we were below average tonight. We got better as the game went along, but it comes down to goaltending and special teams. Our goaltending was terrific, but our special teams were not."
The same two teams conclude the series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y.