U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force junior Chad Demers (watch it here) scored an extra-attacker goal with 28 seconds left in the third period as Air Force and Bentley skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force (7-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 AHA) and Bentley (5-7-1 overall and 4-2-1 AHA) are tied for second in the AHA each with nine points.
Midway through the first period, A.J. Reid and Max Hartner each drew penalties and Air Force had 1:45 of a 5-on-3. With time winding down on the two-man advantage, Air Force scored as senior defenseman Adam McKenzie netted his third of the season (watch it here). Dan Weissenhofer passed down low to Demers who fed McKenzie in the right circle. His first shot was blocked out front, but McKenzie put back his own rebound at 10:43. Later in the period, back-to-back penalties on Air Force's Cole Gunner and Jacob Musselman gave Bentley 46 seconds of a 5-on-3. Bentley quickly tied the game when Alex Grieve scored his team-leading ninth of the season. Brett Gensler made a cross ice pass to Andrew Gladiuk at the bottom of the right circle. Jason Torf made a diving glove save on Gladiuk's shot but the puck came free and Alex Grieve put in the rebound to tie the game at 14:32. With four seconds remaining on 5-on-4 power play, Bentley took a 2-1 lead on Brett Gensler's fourth of the season. Grieve skated in from the left side and Torf poked the puck away. Gensler put in the rebound at 16:09.
Neither team scored again until late in the third. Air Force pulled its goalie with 2:14 left and had just one shot on goal for the first 90 seconds. After a faceoff in the neutral zone, Cole Gunner carried the puck deep into the corner. George Michalke fed Scott Holm in the right corner and Holm skated around to the top of the circle. His shot was saved, but Demers put back the rebound with 28 seconds left.
In overtime, each team had two shots on goal but were unable to score.
Air Force outshot Bentley, 36-30, in the game. AFA was 1-for-7 on the power play while Bentley was 2-for-4. Branden Komm made 34 saves for Bentley while Jason Torf made 28.
"Bentley is a very difficult team to play against," head coach Frank Serratore said. "They have good team speed, they are strong with puck and they have a good goaltender. We have to get better on the power play, but we did have a few chances tonight, we just couldn't connect. We needed something good to happen to us and we got it with Demers' goal. We were better tonight than last night. I do credit our guys for not quitting. They fought to the end."
Air Force travels to Worcester, Mass., for a two-game series against the Holy Cross Crusaders, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at 7:05 p.m. ET each night.