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Air Force hockey team blanks AIC, 2-0

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January 4, 2014 Updated: January 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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photo - Air Force left wing Tony Thomas scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday's win over American International..    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force left wing Tony Thomas scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday's win over American International.. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshman goaltender Chris Truehl, in his first career start, made 18 saves Saturday as Air Force shutout American International, 2-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game.

Air Force (10-6-4. 5-3-3) opened the scoring in the first two minutes of the first period on the rush as Tony Thomas netted his sixth of the season. George Michalke III gave the puck to Cole Gunner in the neutral zone and he skated down the right wing. His centering pass went past Michalke in the slot and Thomas flipped in the backhander from the right side. Air Force outshot AIC, 13-6, in the first period.

Air Force outshot AIC in every period and 34-18 in the game. AFA was 0-1 on the power play while AIC was 0-for-2. Hunter Leisner made 32 saves for the Yellow Jackets (4-13-0, 4-7-0).

"I am really proud of our effort and consistency tonight," Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. "Our intensity level was extremely high from the very beginning of the game. We were the better team tonight, but just couldn't get that second goal until late in the game. We didn't give them much, they had to earn it. But when they did have a chance, our freshman goalie was there for us. For his first career start, in a tight game on the road, I thought he was very cool and composed. This was a great team effort. Our energy was great, we outshot them in every period and finally played well in the third."

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