Air Force Edges Sacred Heart, 4-3
March 13, 2009
Colorado Springs, CO - Sophomore Jacques Lamoureux scored the game winning goal and Jeff Hajner added a goal and an assist to lead Air Force to a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart in game one of the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals Friday night at the Cadet Ice Arena. Junior Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) scored two goals for the Pioneers in the loss.
Sacred Heart got off to a fast start, scoring 5:49 into the game to take an early lead. Freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) picked up a loose puck following to saves by Andrew Volkening and lifted a backhand shot into the top part of the net for his eleventh tally of the year. The Pioneers would take the 1-0 lead into the locker-room after one period.
Air Force controlled play in the second period thanks to four power-play chances, which the Falcons converted two of. Hajner put Air Force on the board at the 1:17 mark, picking up a loose puck in the offensive zone and after two dekes sliding the puck around the stickside of Stefan Drew to tie the score.
Derrick Burnett put the Falcons ahead midway through the game, scoring another power-play goal. It appeared Air Force would take a one goal lead into the locker-room until Scott Kozlak scored a shorthanded goal from a bad angle with two seconds remaining in the period to make it 3-1.
Boisvert got the Pioneers back in the game with two power-play goals in a 2:33 span early in the third period. Both goals came in similar fashion, as Boisvert collected pucks on rebounds off Volkening and slammed them back into the net. Senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) had an assist on the first goal, the 99th helper of his career. Boisvert's second goal was a snap shot from the left circle that went off the crossbar and just snuck under into the goal.
Lamoureux's game winner came with 1:36 remaining in regulation. After the Pioneers killed off an Air Force penalty, the Falcons kept the pressure on in the offensive zone. Finally, with the SHU defenders spent, Lamoreux picked up a loose puck near the goal-line and snapped a shot from a tough angle that found its way over Drew's shoulder and into the net.
Air Force out-shot Sacred Heart 41-25 for the game. Drew was outstanding in goal, making 37 saves to keep his team in the game. Volkening stopped 22 saves for the Falcons to earn the victory. Both teams were two-for-six on the power-play.
Sacred Heart and Air Force play game two of their series Saturday night at Cadet Ice Arena. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm. Coverage of the game can be heard on WICC 600 and the rest of the Pioneer Radio Network.