Nov. 21, 2008
Colorado Springs, CO - Junior Matt Fairchild had two goals and two assists and junior Jeff Hajner added two goals of his own as Air Force rolled past Sacred Heart, 8-1 in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force improves to 11-0-0 on the season with the victory.
Hajner scored the first two Falcon goals. The first tally came with 1:09 left in the first period with the Falcoms on the powerplay. Michael Mayra hit Hajner with a pass along the sidewall of the face-off circle and he blasted a shot past a screened Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB). The second goal came five minutes into the second peroid when Hajner and Fairchild teamed up to make it 2-0.
Air Force scored two more goals in the second period to break the game open. Brent Olson made it 3-0 at the 8:40 mark, converting a slapshot off a pass from Josh Frider. Fairchild made it 4-0 when he put home a shorthanded breakaway with a fancy move at the 10:12 mark of the second period.
The Pioneers finally got on the board with 3:03 left in the seond period with some help for Air Force goaltender Andrew Volkening. Junior Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) took a pass from Adam DeJong (Kitchener, ON) and ripped a shot that trickled through Volkening's pads. The goaltender tried to reach back and swat the puck away but instead directed the puck into his own goal.
An unrelenting Falcon kept coming at the Pioneers in the third period. Air Force scored two quick power play goals two minutes apart. Two minutes into the period Scott Kozlak stepped into a loose puck and blasted a shot past a screened Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC). Fairchild netted his second goal two minutes later on the power play.
Two more quick goals for the Falcons completed the scoring. At the 6:30 mark Nyra netted his first goal of the season. Ten seconds later Sean Bertsch blasted a shot under the arm of St. Onge.
Air Force controlled the play from start to finish, out-shooting the Pioneers 45-19.
Sacred Heart and Air Force close out their season series tomorrow night at Cadet Ice Arena. Face-off is set for 9:35 pm ET.