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AFA hockey makes quick work of AIC

By: SCOTT KANIEWSKI
December 5, 2009
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One night after a sloppy win, Air Force took just more than a minute to get on the scoreboard against American International College. The Falcons never let up from there.

Jacques Lamoureux followed up a four-point effort Friday with a goal and assist Saturday, and senior Brandon Johnson scored his first career Air Force goal as the Falcons swept the series with a 6-2 victory at Cadet Ice Arena.

Lamoureux fed a no-look pass from behind the net to Derrick Burnett, who buried the shot 62 seconds in.

“You’re going to get those chances, and you’ve got to be ready,” Lamoureux said. “Derrick was ready, and he put it right in the top corner. I think that set the tone for everybody.”

Lamoureux got one of his own on a power-play goal to extend the lead to 2-0. He has a team-high 10 goals and 20 points.

Coach Frank Serratore was excited by his team’s effort.

“What is there not to be happy about?” he said. “We went out and dominated from the start of the game to the end of the game. It wasn’t a question of if we were going to win or not; it was going to be by what score.”

In the wake of Friday’s performance, Serratore made several roster changes, including moving Lamoureux to the top line. He also inserted Johnson and winger Matt Becker, who had a pair of assists and saw time on the penalty kill.

“Our (defensive) corps hasn’t been solidified yet,” Johnson said. “If you work hard in practice and come out and play a solid game, you’re going to get a shot.”

The Falcons (8-5-3, 8-1-3 Atlantic Hockey Association) held the Yellow Jackets (2-11-1, 2-9-1) without a shot for the first 8:52. Air Force, unbeaten in its past nine at 6-0-3, topped that in the second period when it held AIC without a shot for the first 11:12.

Woodland Park’s Sean Bertsch scored his first two goals of the season.

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