Nov. 15, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Air Force scored five goals and remains the only team in the country without a loss or tie as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 13 Air Force, 5-1, on Saturday evening at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-6-1 overall (2-5-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve to 10-0-0 (8-0-0 Atlantic Hockey). Air Force swept the two-game series.
Air Force scored first when Greg Flynn passed the puck up the ice to Sean Bertsch for the breakaway goal. Holy Cross couldn't answer back and closed out the first period down, 1-0.
Holy Cross answered Air Force with a goal early in the second period. At the 1:49 mark, junior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) received a pass from sophomore defensemen Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) and made a quick shot from the slot for the power play goal. Holy Cross held on to the tie until Brett Nylander scored for Air Force at the 9:22 mark to take the lead. The Falcons recorded their third goal of the night when Matt Fairchild scored a power play goal from the top of the slot, closing out the second period, 3-1.
Air Force continued to control the game as Josh Frider scored his first goal of the night and eighth of the season at the 8:35 mark of the third period. The Falcons ended the night with an empty net goal at the 18:13 mark to solidify the win, 5-1.
Holy Cross goalkeeper Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) had 39 saves, while Air Force goalkeeper Andrew Volkening had 25. Air Force outshot Holy Cross 44-26 and went 2-6 on the power play, while Holy Cross went 1-7.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, when they play Atlantic Hockey opponent American International in a home-and-home series. On Friday, Holy Cross will play the Yellow Jackets at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass. at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will host AIC at 4:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session with the team following Saturday's contest.
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