Air Force scored two power-play goals in the second period and held off American International College (AIC) for a 3-1 win in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Olympic Ice Center in Springfield, Mass.
Air Force earned its second road sweep of the season and improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the AHA. The 6-0 start is the best since the 1971-72 team started out 8-0. The 6-0 start is the best ever vs. Division I teams. AIC fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the league. Air Force’s six-game winning streak vs. Division I teams ties as the best in school history. AFA also had a six-game winning streak at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Air Force got on the board first on Josh Frider’s sixth of the season at the 3:42 mark. Brent Olson fed the point to Michael Mayra and Mayra blistered a slap shot from the left point. Frider tipped the puck in front to put the Falcons on the board.
The Falcons opened the second period with two power-play goals by Jacques Lamoureux. The first came 21 seconds into the period on a 5-on-3. Lamoureux followed up a shot by Olson that was saved. Mayra also assisted on the play. Just over a minute later, the sophomore from Grand Forks, N.D., netted his nation-leading seventh of the season. Mayra took a shot from the point and Lamoureux redirected it past goaltender Tom Fenton. Olson earned his third assist of the game on the play.
Neither team was able to score until AIC broke up the shutout in the final minute of the game on the power play. After winning a faceoff in the offensive end, AIC’s Chad Richardson took a shot from the left point that slipped past Volkening on the short side with 28 seconds left. The Yellow Jackets pulled their goaltender in the final 20 seconds, but weren’t able to score.
Air Force outshot AIC, 31-26, in the game. AFA was 2-for-8 on the power play while AIC was 1-for-3. Volkening made 25 saves while Fenton made 28 for the Yellow Jackets.
“We got away from our game a little bit in the second period, but we reeled back in the third,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “We were much better in the third period, but we just couldn’t get that fourth goal. AIC kept battling and kept coming and messed up the shutout for Volks.”
Air Force (6-0, 4-0 AHA) returns home for a two-game AHA series with Bentley College, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, at 7:05 p.m. MT each night at the Cadet Ice Arena.