WORCESTER, Mass.- Sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) each scored a goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Air Force 2-2 after 65 minutes of play and a scoreless overtime Friday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 4-9-1 overall (3-4-1 AHA) while the Falcons are now 7-5-3 overall (4-2-2 AHA). These two teams will conclude their two-game series on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
The first period of play ended in a 1-1 tie as each team tallied a goal. Holy Cross took its first lead of the game 6:12 into the period when a scramble in front of the Air Force net resulted in a goal. Amidst the play Sommer sent the puck into the Air Force net, scoring his fourth of the season. Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) tallied his sixth assist of the year from the goal. The Crusaders were able to hold their lead for the majority of the period until Air Force evened the game with just 59 seconds left to play. The Falcons tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal when Jason Fabian took a shot that trickled past sophomore goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Cole Gunner and Chad Demers each picked up an assist on the goal. Air Force outshot Holy Cross 12-8 while the Falcons went 1-1 on the power play and the Crusaders went 0-1.
The second period also ended in a stalemate as each team was able to score another goal and bring the score to 2-2. Holy Cross took back its lead just over a minute into the period when Smith scored his second goal of the season after senior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) found him for an open shot from the right side of the ice, where he rocketed the puck to the top right of the Air Force net. Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) also notched an assist on the play. Then at 12:29, Air Force's Mitch Torrel netted the tying goal when he scored off a rebounded shot from inside the slot. A.J. Reid and Max Birkinbine picked up assists on the goal. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders 10-7, while Air Force went 0-1 with the man-advantage.
The third period ended scoreless, sending the game into overtime. Though both teams increased their shooting during the period, with Air Force outshooting Holy Cross 14-10, neither could find the back of the net. The Crusaders had a chance to score with 7:39 left in the game when Schmidt broke free from the Falcon defense for what was almost a breakaway until he was hooked right in front of the Air Force goal before he could get a shot off. The Crusaders could not convert on the ensuing power play and went 0-2 on power plays for the period that ended with a 2-2 score.
With five minutes of overtime hockey to play, both teams sought to score what would be the game-winning goal, but after a hard fought battle the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Air Force outshot Holy Cross 4-3 in overtime action.
In the tie, Ginn made an outstanding 38 saves, while Air Force's goaltender Jason Torf stopped 26 shots. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders 40-28, while Air Force went 1-2 on the power play and Holy Cross went 0-3.
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Tickets for the Holy Cross men's ice hockey game versus Bentley at Fenway Park on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 as part of Citi Frozen Fenway 2014 are on sale now via www.redsox.com/frozenfenway or by calling the Red Sox Ticket Office at 877-733-7699. Tickets range from $10 to $50. The Atlantic Hockey contest is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.