WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior Paul Berrafato made 27 saves as the Crusaders defeated Air Force 3-0 in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday at the Hart Center. Air Force fell to 5-5-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the AHC.
"We are a little beat up, but we still have some good players on the ice," coach Frank Serratore said. "Early in the game, we had some good possession time, but we made some mistakes that really hurt us."
The Crusaders (4-2-3, 3-1-3) struck first as Brett Mulcahy scored his second of the season. Kevin Darrar's shot was saved and Mulcahy batted the puck out of the air and into the net. The goal was originally disallowed, but after a video review, the goal was allowed at 6:47.
Midway through the second period, the Crusaders went on the power play and it took just 34 seconds to light the lamp. After two rink-wide passes at the blue line, Danny Lopez fed Peter Crinella in the slot. Crinella's first shot was saved, but he put back his own rebound for a 2-0 lead at 11:04.
Air Force pulled its goalie with just under four minutes remaining and, with 43 seconds left, Mulcahy scored an empty-netter for the final margin.
The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 31-27. Air Force was 0-for-3 on the power play while HC was 1-for-2. Billy Christopoulos made 28 saves.
"Holy Cross is a well-coached, disciplined team that doesn't beat themselves," Serratore said. "We are not as good of a team as they are right now. Before we learn how to win, we have to learn how not to beat ourselves. We'll come out swinging tomorrow night."