Nov 12, 2011 1:30 AM by Lee Douglas/USAFA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Bryan Potts scored two goals and RIT held off Air Force for a 3-1 win in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y. The loss ended the Falcons' seven-game unbeaten streak as AFA fell to 5-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the AHA. RIT improved to 3-3-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the league.
RIT outshot Air Force 9-2, in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Tigers opened the scoring at 14:27 of the period when Bryan Potts put back a shot by Adam Mitchell for a 1-0 lead. Potts struck again early in the second period as the Tigers capitalized on an Air Force turnover. Mike Colavecchia found Potts wide open on the backdoor for a 2-0 advantage.
Midway through the third period, the Falcons killed 1:27 of a five-on-three and then answered with a 5-on-3 power play to cut the Tigers' lead in half. With 7:31 left in the third period, Tim Kirby put the Falcons on the board with a shot from the center point. Kyle De Laurell assisted on the play as Paul Weisgarber was screening in front. With 1:33 remaining, Air Force pulled its goaltender in favor of the extra attacker. However, 12 seconds later, Tiger forward Matt Garbowsky scored an empty-netter.
RIT outshot Air Force, 33-26, in the game. The 33 shots allowed are a season high for the Falcons. AFA was 1-for-5 on the power play while RIT was 0-for-4 Falcon senior goalie Stephen Caple made a career-best 30 saves in the game. RIT goalie Shane Madolora made 25 stops for the Tigers.
"We didn't play with any teeth tonight," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We didn't generate any offense tonight. We tried hard, but they won the majority of the one-on-one battles and faceoffs. I am very disappointed in our ability to penetrate offensively. We played better than we did last weekend, but it wasn't good enough. In my opinion, the better and hungrier team won tonight."
Air Force continues its road swing with an AHA game at Mercyhurst, Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa.