Posted: Jan 10, 2010 5:09 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2010 5:09 AM
USAFA, Colo . -Jacques Lamoureux scored with 1:40 left in the third period, his second goal of the game, as Air Force and UConn skated to a 2-2 overtime tie, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday night at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force fell into a tie for second place in the AHA as the Falcons' record stands at 9-8-5 overall and 9-4-5 in the AHA. UConn stands at 2-15-3 overall and 2-10-3. Mercyhurst moved into sole possession of first place, one point ahead of Air Force and RIT.
Air Force opened the scoring at 14:25 on the power play. Jeff Hajner took a wrister from the left circle and Jacques Lamoureux put back the rebound for his 12th goal of the season. Derrick Burnett also assisted on the play. But, with 1:57 left in the period, UConn scored on the power play. Jim Gallagher took a pass from Marcello Ranallo in the right circle. Andrew Volkening stopped the first two shots, but Gallagher punched in the third one to tie the score at 1-1.
The Falcons dominated the first five minutes of the second period, out-shooting the Huskies, 12-0. However, just after the flurry ended, Falcons Derrick Burnett and Brett Nylander were called for penalties, giving UConn a 5-on-3 for 1:24. The Huskies capitalized as Alex Gerke took a slap shot from the right point that beat Volkening high over the stick side. Air Force outshot UConn, 24-5, in the second period, but trailed 2-1 after two periods.
The Huskies held that one-goal lead until late in the game. With just under two minutes left, Scott Mathis collected a puck in the neutral zone, skated over the blue line and fired a shot that bounced hard off the back wall and came out on the right side. Lamoureux took a shot from the half wall that went through traffic and under the pad of goaltender Garrett Bartus to tie the game with 1:40 remaining. A penalty called on Sean Ambrosie with 1:27 left, gave the Falcons a power play that carried over into overtime. However, Bartus made numerous saves, including one on Scott Kozlak at point blank range with 35 seconds left in overtime.
Air Force outshot UConn, 59-24. The Falcons held a 24-5 advantage in the second period and 14-5 in the third period. AFA had three shots in overtime and UConn had two. AFA was 1-for-10 on the power play while UConn was 2-for-5. Bartus made a school-record 57 saves.