Posted: Jan 20, 2012 9:44 PM by Jordan Mason
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's Mark Dube scored a short-handed goal with 3:39 remaining in the third period as Air Force and Army skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at a sold out Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y.
Army, 2-13-7 overall and 1-11-5 in the league, opened the scoring at 7:53 of the first period on a slap shot from the point by Bryant Skarda. Bill Day dug the puck out of the corner and Skarda netted his second on of the year. Air Force capitalized on an Army penalty as Tim Kirby tied the game at 1-1 on the power play. Kyle De Laurell carried the puck into the zone and the Falcons won a battle in the corner. Kirby's blast from the center point was his eighth goal of the season, fifth on the power play, at the 14:24 mark.
Army regained the lead early in the second period as Marcel Alvarez tipped in a shot from the point by Maurice Alvarez on the power play at 3:19. Just 46 seconds later, Air Force tied the game on the rush. Kyle De Laurell led the rush down the right side and fed John Kruse coming down the slot. Kruse scored his eighth of the season at 4:05 to tie the game.
Air Force, 10-7-5 overall and 8-4-4 in the AHA, took its first lead of the game early in the third period. Cole Gunner forced a turnover in the neutral zone and Stephen Carew tipped the puck to Paul Weisgarber. The senior scored his third of the season at 4:37 for a 3-2 Air Force lead. The Falcons held the lead until late in the third period. With Air Force on the power play, Army won a faceoff in its own end and had a 2-on-1 short-handed breakaway. Dube skated in the zone down the left side and shot a wrister that went high, glove side, for his third of the season to tie the game at 3-3 at 16:21. Air Force had four shots in overtime while Army had three, but neither could find the game-winner.
Air Force outshot Army, 30-21, in the game. Stephen Caple made 18 saves for the Falcons while Ryan Leets made 27 for the Black Knights. AFA was 1-for-5 on the power play while Army was 1-3.
Air Force and Army conclude the two-game series on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:05 p.m. ET at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y.