Feb. 21, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Trailing 4-1 in the third period, the Crusaders scored two goals but their comeback fell just short as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell at Air Force, 4-3, on Friday evening at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-16-5 overall (9-13-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve to 21-8-2 overall (18-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) and lead the season series 3-0-0. These two teams will conclude their four-game regular season series on Feb. 21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
Air force took a 1-0 lead at 7:59 into the first period with a goal by Josh Frider. Just 2:09 later, Holy Cross tied the game at 1-1 when sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season. Freshman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) was credited with an assist. At the 14:08 mark, the Falcons made it a 2-1 game when Tim Kirby scored a goal. With 1:56 left in the period, Jacques Lamoureux found the back of the net to give Air Force a 3-1 lead. Each team had 10 shots, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-3.
At the 12:57 mark of the second period, Air Force extended its lead to 4-1 with a goal by Matt Fairchild. Each team had eight shots and each team 0-2 on the man-advantage.
Holy Cross made it a 4-2 contest at the 11:36 mark of the third period, when freshman Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) scored his second goal of the year. The goal was assisted by Clune and sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta). At 14:21, freshman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) recorded his first collegiate goal to get the Crusaders within one at 4-3. Freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and Sheen each had assists. Holy Cross went with an empty-net with under a minute to go but was not able to tie the game for the 4-3 final score.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 24 saves and is now 4-4-1 on the season, while Andrew Volkening stopped 25 shots for the Falcons to earn the win and improves to 21-8-2. Each team had 28 shots, while the Crusaders went 0-7 on the power play and Air Force went 0-6.