Colorado Springs, CO- For the second straight night the Sacred Heart Men's Ice Hockey team dropped a one goal decision on the road against Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association showdown. Goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made 42 saves between the pipes in the loss. The Pioneers scored the final goal of the game with 39 seconds remaining in regulation but would not be able complete the comeback, falling 3-2 on Saturday night.
Air Force (5-2-2, 4-0-1 AHA) took a 1-0 lead only 4:33 into the first period, when Jason Fabian scored with assists from Adam McKenzie and Paul Weisgarber. It was not long before the Falcons found the back of the net again. John Kruse scored his second goal in as many nights with 10:28 left in the opening stanza, George Michaelke earned an assist on the play.
Sacred Heart (0-8-0, 0-4-0 AHA) would cut into the Air Force deficit 4:22 into the second period. Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) scored his first goal of the season on a pass from Ben Ketchum (Greenwich, CT). The Falcons would take the 2-1 advantage into the second intermission.
The Falcon power play would make it a two goal game 1:54 into the third period. Scott Lewis scored the eventual game-winner on assists from Tim Kirby and Weisgarber.
The Pioneers pulled to within 3-2 as Tye Lewis (Vancouver, WA) lit the lamp as the Pioneers had an extra attacker on the ice. Sacred Heart was unable to get of another shot down the stretch and were swept out of Air Force by the narrowest of margins.
The Pioneers return home to the Milford Ice Pavilion next Friday night, November 11th when they take on another military academy in Army at 7:05.