HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The UAH hockey team fell hard Saturday night to visiting Air Force at Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center, dropping a 7-2 decision to fall to 0-7-1 on the season. The win improves the Falcons to 3-2-1.
Seemingly capitalizing on the momentum generated by Friday night's tie, the Chargers struck first in Saturday's affair as Craig Pierce scored midway through the first to put UAH up 1-0. Alex Allan and Michael Webley both picked up assists on the play – the first of the season for both.
The lead would not last long, however, as Casey Klessinger's third of the season tied the contest at 1-1 at the 13:01 mark of the opening frame.
Adding a goal in the late stages of the first, Air Force went into the locker room with a 2-1 lead after one.
The floodgates opened in the second as the guests scored three times – including twice on the power play – to build up a commanding 5-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Another power play marker and an even strength goal – both from Kyle DeLaurell – gave Air Force a 7-1 advantage, and the score remained that way until the closing seconds of the contest.
Scoring his second goal in as many nights, Kyle Lysaght scored with UAH on the power play at 19:54 of the third on a give-and-go with Curtis deBruyn to produce the 7-2 final.
The Chargers finished the night 1-of-4 on the power play, while the Falcon special teams came to life, scoring on four of their five tries with the man-advantage.
Outshooting UAH for the second straight night, Air Force finished with a 35-21 advantage in shots.
Off next weekend, the Chargers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 4, when Ohio State visits.