November 22, 2008

Air Force Flies Past Sacred Heart, 7-1

Nov. 22, 2008

Final Stats

Colorado Springs, CO - Senior Greg Flynn had two goals and two assists and junior Jeff Hajner added a goal and two assists as 12th ranked Air Force scored five power play goals en route to a 7-1 victory in Atlantic Hockey action Saturday night at the Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force remained the only unbeaten team in the nation, improving to 12-0-0.

Flynn opened the scoring at the 11:57 mark of the first period. The junior set-up at the face-off circle and took a pass from Jeff Hajner and blasted a shot into the top of the net, knocking the waterbottle off the top of the SHU net. The Falcons went into the lockerroom with a 2-0 lead when Scott Mathis tipped home a shot by senior Mike Phillipich at the 16:58 mark.

Air Force scored their third powerplay goal of the game 1:18 into the second period. Hajner set-up in the slot, took a pass from Flynn a ripped a shot past SHU goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) for his fifth goal of the year.

Freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) scored the Pioneers only goal at the 7:11 mark of the second period. Junior Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) led a rush into the offensive zone and fed a perfect slot through the slot to Gingera who tipped the puck into an open right side of the net for his third goal of the year.

Flynn netted his second goal of game with 2:20 left in the second period. The defenseman set-up at the point on the power play, grabbed a pass from Hajner a rifled a shot that hit the inside of the post and went into the net.

Air Force kept the pressure on in the third scoring another power play goal 2:29 into the third period when Brett Nylander converted a pass from Flynn. Phillipich pounded home a loose puck in front of the net at the 4:12 mark and Brent Olson scored his fifth goal of the year with 3:00 left to finish the scoring.

Andrew Volkening was impressive in goal for Air Force, stopping 26 shots to earn the victory. Drew made 27 saves in net for the Pioneers.

Sacred Heart will face Holy Cross in a home-and-home series next weekend. The teams meet Saturday in Milford and Sunday in Holy Cross. The puck drops both nights at 4:05 pm.