After Friday night’s loss, Air Force coach Frank Serratore was livid. It was a matter of heart.
Saturday’s 3-3 overtime tie with archrival Army in West Point, N.Y., was a matter of heartbreak.
The Falcons coughed up a two-goal lead, giving up the tying goal in the final 10 seconds left in regulation, and were dominated in overtime. That after scoring twice in a first period in which Air Force (12-10-6, 12-6-6 Atlantic Hockey Association) piled up a 21-6 edge in shots.
“We played well tonight. It was night and day (compared to Friday),’’ Serratore said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t take advantage of a lot of the opportunities we had.’’
Blake Page and Matt Fairchild scored 26 seconds apart in the first period to give the Falcons the lead.
Army’s Andy Starczewski scored in the second period and Kyle Maggard tied the game at 14:37 of the third period. Fairchild’s second goal of the night and 10th of the season gave the Falcons a 3-2 lead with 2:3x left in regulation. But, after pulling goalie Jay Clark for an extra attacker, Army (9-12-5, 8-8-4) tied it.
Faceoff issues hurt the Falcons again. With about 15 seconds left, Army won the draw and Eric Sefchik scored to give him a goal and assist for the second straight night.
“It’s a great tie for them,” Serratore said. “They got outplayed badly tonight.”
Derrick Burnett had two assists for the Falcons.