The University of British Columbia scored two goals early in the second period and then added two empty-netters for a 4-2 win over Air Force in a college hockey exhibition game, Monday, Oct. 8, at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena.
After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for three goals in the second period. British Columbia scored first when Joe Antilla scored on a rebound from Scott Wasden at 3:56. Scott MacDonald also assisted on the play. The Thunderbirds took a 2-0 lead when the Falcons turned the puck over in their own end and Dustin Kimber scored at 14:15. Air Force got on the board with a power-play goal at 15:51. Cole Gunner and Chad Demers moved the puck through the slot and found Scott Holm on the weak side. Holm scored to cut the BC lead to 2-1.
With 1:18 remaining in the game and trailing 2-1, Air Force pulled goaltender David Bosner from the net in favor of the extra attacker. However, with 51 seconds left, Max Grassi shot the puck from behind his own goal line, up and over everyone and into the empty net for a 3-1 lead. The Falcons made the game interesting with 22 seconds remaining, still with the empty net in their own end. Demers centered the puck from the back wall to Gunner who scored to make the score 3-2. Kyle De Laurell also assisted on the play. With seven seconds left, Scott MacDonald gave the Thunderbirds a 4-2 lead with an empty-netter.
Air Force out-shot BC, 31-26, in the game. AFA was 1-for-6 on the power play while BC was 0-for-4. Bosner made 22 saves for the Falcons. Thunderbird starting goalie Jordan White made 20 saves in 30 minutes while not allowing a goal. Kray Barnstable came on to play the final 30 minutes and gave up two goals while making nine saves.
Air Force opens the regular season at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 12-13. The Falcons face Alaska on Friday, Oct. 12, at 5:07 p.m. AT. Air Force then faces Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:07 p.m. AT.