U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Mercyhurst’s Daniel O’Donoghue and Ryan Misiak each scored two goals to lead the Lakers to an 8-2 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa. The loss snaps Air Force’s five-game winning streak as the Falcons fall to 5-3-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the AHA. Mercyhurst improved to 2-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the league.
Air Force opened the scoring just 1:17 into the first period when senior Mitch Torrel scored his first career goal. Jason Fabian won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Torrel scored his first from the slot. However, Mercyhurst scored the next three goals for a 3-1 lead. Laker Zac Frischmon scored on a rebound of Nick Jones’ shot at the 5:40 mark of the first period. The Lakers took the lead at the 8:22 mark on a slap shot from the point by Tyler Shiplo. O’Donoghue then gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead at the 15:14 mark of the first period when he tipped in a pass from Kyle Dutra. The Falcons quickly answered just 12 seconds later when the third line scored again. Fabian took the puck down the right side and sent it to the center of the ice. Senior Ryan Timar swatted in his second of the season at 15:26 to cut the Laker lead to 3-2.
Mercyhurst scored two goals in the second period and built a 5-2 lead. Matt Zay scored a power-play goal at the 7:37 mark and then O’Donoghue scored a 4-on-4 goal at 14:29 for a three-goal advantage. After O’Donoghue’s goal, Jason Torf was replaced in the Falcon net by junior Paul Moberg.
The Lakers scored two quick goals in the third period for a 7-2 lead. Nardo Nagtzaam scored on a 1-on-2 rush at 2:36 and then Ryan Misiak scored with a wrister from the slot at 3:35. After the goal, Moberg was replaced in goal by freshman Chris Truehl, who played the final 16:25 of the game. With seven seconds left in the game and the Falcons on a power play, Misiak scored on a 2-on-1 breakaway. Misiak’s pass was broken up by a Falcon defenseman but the puck popped into the air and Misiak batted it in for the Falcon margin.
Mercyhurst and Air Force each had 38 shots in the game, but most of the Falcons shots came late in the game. The Lakers were 1-for-5 on the power play while Air Force was 0-for-7. Jimmy Sarjeant made 36 saves for the Lakers. Torf made 21 saves and allowed five goals in the 34 minutes for the Falcons. Moberg made two saves and allowed two goals in eight minutes while Truel made eight saves and allowed one goal.
“Mercyhurst is a very good team,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “We expended a ton of energy last night at RIT and tonight we were reacting. Our guys battled right to the end and we had some chances, but didn’t get any bounces. We haven’t had many games over the years that have gone like this. It was just a frustrating, disappointing night.”
Air Force is now off until Nov. 16 when the Falcons host Robert Morris at the Air Force Academy.