Air Force beats Colorado College, 3-1

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jason Torf made 34 saves as the Falcons came from behind for a 3-1 win over Colorado College in a non-conference college hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Colorado Springs World Arena. Air Force improved to 7-3-0 overall while Colorado College fell to 1-7-1. The Falcons won for the second straight time at World Arena and earned the inaugural Pikes Peak Trophy, in memory of former Air Force and Colorado College coach John Matchefts. In the last six game in this season, each team has won three.

Colorado College took a 1-0 lead just 1:44 into the game as Tiger freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson scored from Sam Rothstein. Rothstein's shot was saved, but Olofsson collected the loose puck, walked off the back wall and scored just inside the far post.

In the second period, Air Force had four power-play opportunities, and the Falcons capitalized. With less than four minutes left in the period, A.J. Reid and Ben Carey drew penalties and the Falcons had 44 seconds of a 5-on-3. After the first penalty expired, the Falcons scored on the 5-on-4 man-advantage. Tony Thomas' shot from the left post was saved, but Carey put back the rebound at the 19:08 mark. George Michalke III also assisted on the play.

Early in the third period, the Falcons took a 2-1 lead. Chad Demers and Cole Gunner worked the puck along the wall and centered in front to Scott Holm. Holm netted his fourth of the season on a rebound at the 2:50 mark. Midway through the period, Dan Weissenhofer fired the puck from the neutral that was headed to far corner. The puck hit Tony Thomas at the blue line and caromed to open ice where Michalke picked it up and skated in uncontested. His backhander beat Josh Thorimbert for a 3-1 lead at the 12:25 mark. Late in the period, Air Force was called for too many men on the ice and the Tigers had 1:25 of a 5-on-3. Torf made three saves on the 5-on-3 and two more on the remaining 5-on-4. In the final 1:29, CC pulled its goalie in favor of the extra skater and had two shots on goal, but was unable to score.

Colorado College outshot Air Force, 35-29, including a 15-8 advantage in the third period. Air Force was 1-for-5 on the power play while CC was 0-for-3. Torf made 34 saves while Thorimbert made 26.

Air Force plays a pair of games against the University of Denver, Nov. 22-23. The Falcons and Pioneers play on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Cadet Ice Arena at 7:05 p.m. Then on Saturday, Nov. 23, Air Force and DU play at Magness Arena in Denver at 7:07 p.m.