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Air Force falls to Holy Cross 3-0

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Holy Cross senior Paul Berrafato made 27 saves as the Crusaders defeated Air Force, 3-0,  in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game, Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.  Air Force fell to 5-5-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the AHC.

The Crusaders (4-2-3, 3-1-3 AHC) struck first as Brett Mulcahy scored his second of the season. Kevin Darrar’s shot was saved and Mulcahy batted the puck out of the air and into the net. The goal was originally disallowed on the ice, but after a video review, the goal was allowed at 6:47.

Midway through the second period, the Crusaders went on the power play and it took just 34 seconds to light the lamp. After two rink-wide passes at the blue line, Danny Lopez fed Peter Crinella in the slot. Crinella’s first shot was saved, but he put back his own rebound for a 2-0 lead at 11:04.

Air Force pulled its goalie with just under four minutes left in the game and, with 43 seconds left, Mulcahy scored an empty-netter from the neutral zone to make up the final margin.

The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 31-27, in the game. Air Force was 0-for-3 on the power play while HC was 1-for-2.  Billy Christopoulos made 28 saves.

“We are a little beat up, but we still have some good players on the ice,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Early in the game, we had some good possession time, but we made some mistakes that really  hurt us. Holy Cross is a well-coached, disciplined team that doesn’t beat themselves. We are not as good of a team as they are right now. Before we learn how to win, we have to learn how not to beat ourselves. We’ll come out swinging tomorrow night.”

The same two teams conclude the series on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:05 pm ET in Worcester, Mass.

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