U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMU, Colo. - Junior goaltender Jason Torf made 30 saves as Air Force blanked Robert Morris, 2-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Jan. 25, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Torf recorded his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career as the Falcons improved to 10-9-5 overall and 8-5-3 in the AHA. Robert Morris fell to 12-8-2 overall and 7-6-2 in the league.
Just over one minute into the first period, senior Kyle De Laurell scored his sixth goal in the last five games to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Stephen Carew won a faceoff in the offensive zone and drew the puck back to the point. Freshman Trevor Waldoch took a shot that was saved but De Laurell put back the rebound for his 10th of the season at the 1:05 mark.
After a scoreless second period, the Falcons took a 2-0 lead on the power play in the third. Midway through the third period, Scott Holm made a move in the neutral zone to start and 3-on-2 rush. Cole Gunner slid the puck to the right side for Chad Demers who scored his seventh of the season. With under four minutes left in the third period, the Colonials went on the power play. With 43 seconds left on that power play, the Colonials pulled their goalie and had a 6-on-4 advantage. The Falcons killed off the remainder of the power play, but the Colonials still had the extra attacker on the ice. With 29 seconds left in the game, De Laurell battled against the boards to get the puck out of the Air Force zone. In doing so, he drew a charging penalty on Colonial Adam Brace and the Falcons had a power play for the final 29 seconds to preserve the 2-0 win.
RMU outshot Air Force, 30-25, in the game. RMU goalie Eric Levine made 23 stops for the Colonials. Air Force was 1-for-3 on the power play while Robert Morris was 0-for-4.
"Scoring the first goal was huge for us," head coach Frank Serratore said. "When you get the first goal, you can play the way you want to play and that is what we did tonight. Jason Torf continues to make big saves for us. His hockey sense for a goalie is off the charts. All great goaltenders have the ability to make big saves and he has done that for us."
Air Force and Robert Morris conclude the two-game AHA series on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena.
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