Andrew Volkening stopped all 11 shots he faced as Air Force blanked Canisius, 3-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
Air Force won its second straight game and improved to 15-11-5 overall and 12-9-4 in the AHA. Canisius fell to 10-17-5 and 9-12-4 in the league.
Air Force dominated the first period, outshooting the Golden Griffins, 11-3. The Falcons drew first blood when Matt Fairchild led a rush down the right wing and fed Derrick Burnett.
The Falcons took a 3-0 lead with two third-period goals. Greg Flynn scored at the 3:21 mark with a shot from the left point that went through traffic in front of the net. Blake Page and Josh Print assisted on the play. Freshman Scott Kozlak gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead with 1:45 left in the period. Kozlak skated the puck into the slot and sent a wrister past Andrew Loewen from Mike Phillipich. Neither team scored in the third period.
Air Force outshot Canisius, 27-11, in the game. Volkening made 11 saves in his second consecutive shutout victory. Loewen made 24 for the Griffs. Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play.
“There isn’t much not to like from tonight,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Our speed was the difference. Our accountability with the puck was good and it had to be since they are an opportunistic team. Canisius didn’t have much jump and we were all over them. The guys played very well and very hard.”
The same two teams conclude the series Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3:05 pm EST in Buffalo, N.Y.