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Air Force ends five-game win streak with loss to Robert Morris

photo - Mitch Torrel scored with 5 seconds remaining to allow Air Force to avoid a shutout against Robert Morris Friday evening. (Photo from Paisley Hockey) + caption
Mitch Torrel scored with 5 seconds remaining to allow Air Force to avoid a shutout against Robert Morris Friday evening. (Photo from Paisley Hockey)
News services - Updated: January 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Robert Morris goalie Terry Shafer made 23 saves as the Colonials beat Air Force 3-1 Friday in an Atlantic Hockey Association game. The loss ends Air Force's five-game winning streak as the Falcons fall to 14-7-4 and 9-4-4 in league.

After a scoreless first period, Robert Morris (7-13-3, 7-6-3)took the lead 1:15 into the second period.

"The better team won tonight and it was not even close," coach Frank Serratore said. "Robert Morris was much more determined and played with more energy tonight. Chris Truehl gave us a chance tonight. Even after the way we played in the first two periods, we were only down a goal. We had a chance to win the third period, but we didn't get it done. The biggest thing now is how we respond to this and how we bounce back for Saturday."

Late in the third period, Air Force pulled Truehl in favor of the extra attacker and allowed an empty-net goal. Brandon Denham scored the from Matt Cope and Greg Gibson with 1:49 remaining. Air Force broke up the shutout with five seconds left when senior Mitch Torrel scored his seventh of the season from Alex Halloran and Ryan Dau.

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