COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the Crusaders trailing 2-0 after the first period, they then scored three goals in the second period including the game-winner by junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Air Force, 3-2, at the Cadet Ice Arena on Friday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-1-0 overall (3-1-0 AHA), while the Falcons fall to 1-3-3 overall (1-1-1 AHA). The Crusaders are off to their best start to a season since also going 4-1-0 in 2005-2006. The Crusaders and the Falcons will wrap up their two-game regular season series on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9:00 p.m.
Just 37 seconds after the opening face-off, Air Force took a 1-0 lead when Ben Carey scored his first collegiate goal. The Falcons went on a two-on-one break as John Kruse passed the puck to Carey who sent a shot to the right side of the net. Then at 12:18, Air Force increased its lead to 2-0 when Stephen Carew fired a shot to the upper left corner of the net for his second goal of the season. Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 11-9, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-1.
The Crusaders scored three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead in the second period. At 7:14, senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) netted his first goal of the season as he lifted a rebound off a shot by senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) to the upper right corner of the net. Then at 14:14, senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) scored his team-best fourth goal of the season to tie the contest at 2-2. Fletched posted his second assist of the game when he brought the puck in the Air Force zone and found Nunn who sent a shot to the lower right side of the net for the power play goal. Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) also posted an assist. The Crusaders took the lead at 17:52, when Schmidt stole the puck at the Air Force blue line and then sent a wrist shot to the upper right corner of the net for his second goal of the season. The goal is also his team-best second game-winner of the season. Holy Cross outshot Air Force by a 21-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-1 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-1.
With the Crusaders still leading 3-2 in the third period, the Falcons went with an empty net with 2:20 left. Then with just 15 seconds left, Air Force had a face-off in the Crusader zone, but was unable to get a shot off for the 3-2 final score.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 26 saves to improve to 4-1-0, while Jason Torf posted 40 saves and is now 1-3-3. Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 43-28, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-2.