Three Falcons scored and freshman Chris Truehlmade 20 saves as Air Force beat Army, 3-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday, Jan. 10, at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y. Air Force improved to 11-6-4 overall and 6-3-3 in the league. Army fell to 3-15-0 overall and 3-11-0 in the AHA.
Junior center Chad Demers put the Falcons on the board at the 12:00 mark of the first period from Cole Gunner and Jacob Musselman. Gunner made a centering pass from the right side and Demers tipped it in for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead at 8:11 of the second period as Jason Fabian scored his fifth of the season. Defensemen Johnny Hrabovskyand Musselman assisted on the goal. Hrabovsky's shot was knocked down in front and the puck bounced around in the slot. Fabian cleaned it up for a two-goal lead. Late in the second period, Air Force had a 17-6 shot advantage for the game, but the Falcons took three penalties in the last four minutes. From that point on, Army outshot Air Force, 6-0, and the Black Knights got on the board. On the power play, Army won the faceoff and passed the puck around to the right side where Willie Faust scored his fourth of the season with 1:37 remaining.
Midway through the third period, freshman A.J. Reid gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead. George Michalke III sent the puck to Tony Thomason the half boards. Thomas won the battle on the wall and made a no-look pass to Reid in the right circle. His second of the season came at 7:36. With just under a minute remaining, Army pulled its goaltender in favor of the extra attacker. The Black Knights had two shots on goal in the final minute, but Truehl made a pair of saves.
Air Force outshot Army, 29-21. Truehl made 20 saves for the Falcons while Rob Tadazak made 26 for the Black Knights. Army was 1-for-4 on the power play while AFA was 0-for-3. "This was a hard-fought win, there was nothing easy about it," head coach Frank Serratore said. "Our top line was the class of the game, best line on the ice. They were good tonight. (Chris) Truehl did what he had to do. He was solid and got better as the game went on."
Air Force and Army conclude the two-game league series on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:05 p.m. ET from Tate Rink in West Point.