The Air Force Falcons travel to Waltham, Massachusetts to face the Bentley Falcons. Air Force enters the series in first place in the AHA at 16-4-2, 34 points, one ahead of the RIT Tigers. Overall Air Force is 19-7-2. Bentley enters in fourth- place in the AHA at 13-8-1, 27 points, and 15-12-1 overall. Bentley swept Holy Cross last weekend by identical 4-1 scores. Air Force clinches a first- round bye in the first round of the tournament with one point this weekend.
After a scoreless first period, then a three minute flurry in the second provided some fireworks. Bentley netted two in that timeframe. Prewitt (from Westminster, CO) and Menzione scored the goals. Less than a minute later, Jaques Lamoureux scored his 24th goal of the season, and brought Air Force within one. With 3:50 left, Tim Kirby launched a one-timer that beat Bentley goalie Joe Calvi for his first career goal. With 1:33 left Brent Olson was called for a five minute cross-checking penalty. With 10 seconds left, Jeff Gumaer took a shot from the slot and Andrew Volkening made a save with the tip of his right pad. Air Force cleared the puck and Matt Fairchild raced past two Bentley players in the neutral zone. Fairchild took the puck behind the net and then centered the puck as time was running down. Phillipich skated down the slot and went five-hole for his seventh goal of the season, his second shortie and third game-winner. With these two points, Air Force has a first round bye in the AHA tournament.
Lamoureux scored his 25th of the season 13 seconds in to give Air Force a 1-0 lead. Bobby Preece and Dustin Cloutier scored 37 seconds apart late in the first to swing the game Bentley's way. Midway through the second Cloutier netted his 16th of the season, and second powerplay goal of the game. Dan Prewitt scored an empty net goal to end the game at 4-1. Air Force outshot Bentley 29-18 in the loss.
In other AHA news, during the 2010-2011 season, Niagara and Robert Morris will join the AHA. Niagara and Air Force were conferance opponents in the CHA.