Jan 6, 2012 11:36 PM by Jordan Mason
WORCESTER, Mass. - Air Force and Holy Cross skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Air Force, 10-5-3 overall, is in a tie for first place in the AHA with 18 points and an 8-2-2 record. Holy Cross is now 8-9-1 overall and 6-4-1 in the league.
Air Force was called for two penalties in the first three minutes of the game and Holy Cross took advantage. Brandon Nunn scored a 5-on-3 goal at 2:34 as the Crusaders moved the puck around the horn and Nunn found himself wide open in the slot. Just over two minutes later, Holy Cross took a 2-0 lead on the rush. Jay Silvia took a shot that was saved by Stephen Caple but Luke Miller put back the rebound at 4:53. AFA was outshot, 4-1, in the first five minutes of the game, but after that, the Falcons had several chances. Air Force got on the board at 13:19 on a slap shot from the point by Tim Kirby. Jason Fabian fed Scott Mathis at the left point. Mathis slid the puck across to Kirby who netted his sixth of the season.
Early in the second period, Kyle De Laurell scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-2. Tony Thomas drew a penalty and the Falcons capitalized. Kirby and Mathis started a rush and De Laurell snapped a wrister high past Matt Ginn at 3:23 of the second period. De Laurell's second of the game and 13th of the season, gave the Falcons their first lead at the 10:20 mark. John Kruse gave De Laurell the puck in the neutral zone and the junior winger skated in the zone. De Laurell stopped at the top of the left circle, started to spin to his right and then came back to his left. His wrister went low to the far side to give the Falcons a 3-2 lead.
Early in the third period, Mike McNamara tipped in a point shot by Matthew Davis at the 1:39 mark to tie the game at 3-3. Each team had a goal disallowed in the third period and each team hit a post in the game. In overtime, Holy Cross had seven shots on goal but was unable to get one past Caple. Air Force had just two shots in overtime, one coming from Scott Holm with one second left.
Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 35-25, in the game. The Crusaders had a 7-2 shot advantage in overtime. AFA was 1-or-4 on the power play while Holy Cross was 1-for-3. Caple made 32 saves in the game, the second most of his career. Matt Ginn made 22 saves for the Crusaders.
Air Force and Holy Cross conclude the two-game league series Saturday night at 7:05 pm in Worcester, Mass.