COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) scored the Crusaders' goal and freshman goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) was outstanding in net with 31 saves as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Air Force, 1-1, on Friday night at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 6-6-2 overall (5-2-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons are 5-7-2 overall (3-3-2 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their two-game regular season series on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. (EST). The Crusaders are off to their best Atlantic Hockey start since they were 6-3-0 in the 2006-2007 season. Holy Cross remains undefeated in overtime this year with a 3-0-2 record.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 10:51 of the first period, when Silvia stole the puck from just outside of the Air Force zone and then sent a backhander past Air Force goalie Jason Torf for his third goal of the season. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders, 11-9, while Air Force went 0-1 on the power play.
With just five seconds left in the second period, Air Force tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Paul Weisgarber as he tipped in a shot by Adam McKenzie. Air Force outshot Holy Cross by a 6-5 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-1.
The third period went scoreless as the Falcons outshot the Crusaders, 14-9, as the game went to overtime. Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 4-1, in overtime as neither team was able to find the back of the net for the 1-1 final score.
Kump is now 1-1-2 on the season, while Torf made 26 saves and is now 3-4-2. The Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-4. Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 32-27.