US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Holy Cross scored two power-play goals midway through the first period and held on for a 3-2 win over the Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Cadet Ice Arena.
Holy Cross (10-19-2, 8-12-2 AHA) capitalized on a major penalty on Air Force with two goals in 69 seconds for a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Nick Hale scored first with a left point blast at 9:57. Jack Ricketts gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead at 11:06 as Ryan Leibold passed Ricketts from the goal line through the back door. Leading 2-0, Crusader Jack Robilotti had a breakaway which was saved by the Falcon keeper Alex Schilling. Jasper Lester and Nate Horn each drew penalties, giving the Falcons a 5-for-3. Luke Rowe put the Falcons on the board at 18:16 with a one-timer from the left circle. Brandon Koch and Does Gavin assisted on the power play goal.
Early in the second period, the Crusaders took a 3-1 lead on a 3-on-2 run. Leibold set up Grayson Constable for his seventh of the season 47 seconds into the second period.
Air Force (11-15-2, 9-11-2 AHA) scored its second goal of the game on the power play at 11:36 when Brandon Koch scored his first goal of the season. Clayton Cosentino cross pass to Koch in the right circle to cut the Crusader lead to 3-2. Koch 20and point of the season was also attended by Gavin. Gavin had two assists in the game and extended his point streak to nine games (7-8-15). Cosentino extended his streak to six games.
With 5:40 left in the game, a major penalty was awarded to Crusaders defenseman Mike Higgins. With 1:40 left in the third, the Falcons retired the goaltender for a two-man advantage but failed to tie against Holy Cross goaltender Matt Radomsky.
The Air Force defeated Holy Cross, 32-21, in the game. The Falcons were 2 for 9 on the power play while the Crusaders were 2 for 4. Radomsky made 30 saves for the visitors. Schilling made 18 for the Falcons.
“We played much better than last night,” said the head coach. Frank Serratore noted. “But their goalkeeper was really good and we got eliminated on the special team. They did what we had to do on their major power play. They scored two goals. We both scored two power play goals, but we had nine power plays in Holy Cross is very competitive. We got that major power play at the most opportune time, but their power play and their goalie did it.
The Air Force hits the road next week for a pair of conference games at Bentley, Feb. 18-19, in Waltham, Mass.