US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Holy Cross’ Anthony Vincent scored 3:38 into overtime for a 3-2 win over the Air Force in an AA Hockey League game. Atlantic on Friday, February 11 at Cadet Ice Arena. The Air Force earned one point in the Atlantic hockey standings, while Holy Cross earned two.
Holy Cross (9-19-2, 5-13-2 AHA) took the lead when Jack Ricketts fired a shot from the goal line that slid into the crease behind the goalie Alex Schilling. The puck came off an Air Force player’s skate and into the net for a 1-0 lead at 3:14. Air Force tied the game at 11:09 on a wrist from the right run by Atlantic Hockey’s leading scorer, Does Gavin. Gavin 14and of the season was assisted by his teammates Clayton Cosentino and Parker Brown.
Air Force (11-14-2, 9-10-2 AHA) took its first lead of the game at 1:39 of the third period as Willie Reim forced a turnover in his own end and went coast to coast, scoring with a wrist from the right circle for his ninth of the season. Holy Cross tied the game at 8:53 as Jack McNab centered a pass from the goal line to the slot and Matt Slick scored to tie the game at 2-2.
In extra time, Holy Cross had two early scoring chances which were both saved by Schilling. Late in the period, the Crusaders threw a puck over the net which Schilling cleared to the wall. Vincent took the puck off the wall, skated and scored with a wrist from the lunge.
Holy Cross outscored Air Force, 39-37, in the game. Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play. Schilling made 36 saves for the Falcons, his second straight game with 35 or more saves. Erik Gordon made 35 for the visiting Crusaders.
“It just wasn’t Air Force hockey tonight,” the head coach said Frank Serratore mentioned. “It wasn’t telling of our game. We just weren’t there mentally from the start. Give Holy Cross credit, they’re a well trained team and they won those two points tonight. We didn’t ‘re not going to win a lot of games when we give up 39 shots. Alex Schilling it was really good tonight. He stayed cool even when things got chaotic around him.”
Air Force and Holy Cross conclude the two-game series on Saturday, February 12 at 5:05 p.m. MT at Cadet Ice Arena.