Men's Hockey Falls To Air Force, 7-6, On Last Second Goal

Mike Daly

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jacques Lamoureux scored with just 0.3 seconds left in the third period for the Falcons as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Air Force, 7-6, on Saturday evening at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-7-2 overall (5-3-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve 6-7-2 overall (4-3-2 Atlantic Hockey). Air Force wins the regular season series, 1-0-1. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored two goals for the Crusaders, while junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) recorded three assists.

At 8:44 of the first period, Air Force took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Kyle De Laurell as Tony Thomas sent a pass from behind the net to a waiting De Laurell who then found the back of the net. At 14:04 the Crusaders went on a two-man-advantage power player and capitalized 15 seconds later when Linsmayer tipped in a shot by Daly for his fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) also earned an assist as he passed the puck to Daly. While still on the power play, Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead when junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) tipped in a shot from Zych at 15:21 for his fourth goal of the year. Daly also recorded an assist on the goal. Then at 16:53, freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) increased the lead to 3-1 with his fourth goal of the season. Senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) took a rebound off a shot by Daly and then sent a pass to Stockton who fired the puck to the upper left corner of the net. Holy Cross outshot Air Force, 12-11, while the Crusaders went 2-2 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-1.    

The Falcons made it a 3-2 game when De Laurell scored a power play goal off a rebound from a shot by Jason Fabian at just 26 seconds of the second period. At 2:09, Air Force tied the game at 3-3 with a goal by Derrick Burnett. Holy Cross took a 4-3 lead at 11:59 when Linsmayer netted his second goal of the contest and his sixth of the season. Sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) drove to the goal and then left the puck for a trailing Linsmayer who then sent the puck to the right side of the net. Air Force then tied the game at 4-4 with a goal by Scott Mathis at 14:33. But, just 21 seconds later the Crusaders went up by a 5-4 score when junior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) knocked in a rebound off a shot by junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) for his second goal of the season. Sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) also recorded an assist. At 18:58, the Crusaders increased their lead to 6-4 when Sheen scored his sixth goal of the season. Stockton sent a shot that reflected off an Air Force defender's stick and then after hitting Sheen, the puck went to the upper right corner of the net. Sophomore Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) also tallied an assist. Each team took nine shots, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 1-2.     

Air Force cut the Crusader lead to 6-5 at 1:11 of the third period when Jacques Lamoureux scored on a rebound off a shot by Paul Weisgarber. At 15:55, De Laurell recorded a hat-trick when he tied the game at 6-6. After receiving a crossing pass from George Michalke, he sent a one-timer to the left side of the net. With 13 seconds left in the period, the Falcons went on a power play. And then with just 0.3 seconds remaining Burnett sent a pass from the left boards to Lamoureux who shot the puck to the lower right side of the net for the game-winner. 

Freshman goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) made 31 saves and is now 1-2-2 on the season. Air Force goalie Jason Torf made 15 saves in the first two periods and Stephen Caple made three in the third period as he is now 3-2-0. The Crusaders went 2-3 on the power play and the Falcons went 4-8. Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 38-24.

The Crusaders return to action on Dec. 29-30, when they compete at the Toyota UConn Holiday Classic in Storrs, Conn. Holy Cross will play an Atlantic Hockey game versus UConn on Dec. 29 at 7:15 p.m., while it will take on either Bowling Green or Princeton on Dec. 30.