Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:17 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2009 9:18 pm

January 30 and 31 at Mercyhurst

First, I'd like to thank tirabi for this idea, he posts in his blog about UND hockey.

These two teams are the highest scoring in college hockey, Air Force is first at 3.96 goals per game, Mercyhurst is second at 3.76 goals per game.

The Lakers are on a tear, they swept UCONN last weekend 7-2 and 6-0, and have won 4 straight league games. Going into the weekend Air Force is ranked number 19 in both polls (assuming spare votes = ranking). They are 18th in the RPI and PairWise. They swept Army last weekend, but have struggled recently.

Air Force leads the overall series 5-4, the last meeting was in the 2008 AHA championship game, Air Force won 5-4 in double overtime.

January 30:

Air Force came out hot, scoring the first three goals of the game, and looked to be securely in control of the game, but things changed at the begining of the second period. Mercyhurst scored the next four goals quickly in the second. With less than a minute left, Jeff Hajner took a shot from the point, and Fairchild tipped it in with 55 seconds left. The game headed to overtime. Both teams traded chances, Air Force had the better flow, and forced Zapolski to make quite a few saves. The game ended in a 4-4 tie.


January 31:

Mercyhurst struck first taking a 1-0 lead. Then in typical Air Force fashion, they dominated the second period, but only managed 1 goal, a shot by Josh Frider to tie it up. Lakers goalie Zapolski had 27 saves through 2 periods. With 8 minutes left in the third, the Lakers untied it, and took a 2-1 lead. Frider found Brent Olson while shorthanded with 4:30 to go, to tie the game at 2. The series went to a third straight overtime game. Air Force had the better of play in overtime, but Gerber for Mercyhurst blocked a shot by Greg Flynn, and took it the length of the ice, deked Volkening, and scored to give the Lakers a 3-2 win.

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