Posted: Jan 15, 2011 12:26 AM
USAFA, Colo. - Five different Falcons scored and Jason Torf made 27 saves as Air Force beat Army, 5-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at a sold out Cadet Ice Arena. A season-high crowd of 3,269 watched as Air Force improved to 9-8-3 overall and 7-4-3 in the AHA. Army fell to 5-14-2 and 4-8-2 in the league.
Air Force opened the scoring in a spirited first period as freshman Tony Thomas scored at the 10:35 mark. Jason Fabian's first two shots were saved and Thomas put back the rebound for this fourth of the season.
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when freshman Ryan Timar scored his second of the season. Paul Weisgarber made a centering pass to Timar in the slot. Four minutes later, Air Force took a 3-0 lead. Fabian blocked a shot in his own end and started a rush up ice. Kyle DeLaurell and Derrick Burnett set up Lamoureux right in front for his seventh of the season.
Army had three odd-man rushes in the second half of the period, but was unable to score. The Black Knights had a 3-on-0 rush but did not get a shot off. Then, Falcon goalie Jason Torf stopped a breakaway by Bryan Skarda and a 2-on-1 rush by Mike Santee.
Early in the third period, Army cut the Air Force lead to 3-1 when Mike Hull scored with a power-play slap shot from the point. Air Force held on to the two-goal lead until late in the third. Sellers started the rush as he fed Weisgarber at the Air Force blue line. Weisgarber took a shot from the high slot that was saved but he chased the puck into the corner. With Blake Page down low as well, Weisgarber came out of the corner and zipped a wrister under the bar on the short side for his team-leading ninth of the season. Army pulled its goaltender in the final 48 seconds and Air Force sealed the game as Brad Sellers scored an empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining. Sellers intercepted a pass, flipped it high and the puck tumbled into the open net.
"We had more jump then they had," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We have to play better. We gave up too many odd-man rushes in this game and we got out-special teamed. You could feel the momentum in here changing in the third period until Weisgarber scored that goal. We had some breakdowns, but they are avoidable breakdowns. We gave Army way too much tonight. We worked hard, we out-skated them, but we need to be better. Until we tidy our game up we aren't going to win with consistency. Jason Torf did a really good job tonight. We have to be better tomorrow, because I am sure we will see a better Army team tomorrow night."
Air Force outshot Army, 41-28. Air Force outshot Army, 33-13, in the first two periods but Army outshot Air Force, 15-8, in the third. Army was 1-for-5 on the power play while AFA was 0-for-6. Torf made 27 saves for Air Force while Ryan Leets made 26 for the Black Knights.
Air Force and Army conclude the series on Saturday at 7:05 at the Cadet Ice Arena. The game is already a sold out.