NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Ben Carey scored two goals and Jason Torf made 34 saves as Air Force beat Niagara, 4-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Saturday at Dwyer Arena. Air Force earned a first-round bye for the eighth straight season. The Falcons will be the third seed and host a team in the quarterfinals starting March 14. The Falcons improved to 20-12-4 overall, 15-9-3 in league. Niagara fell to 11-18-5, 11-11-5.
"I am really, really proud of the guys," coach Frank Serratore said.
Air Force opened the scoring in the first two minutes as Carey scored. Chad Demers and Scott Holm controlled the puck in the zone and Carey scored at the 1:58 mark. Niagara quickly answered. Midway through the period, Holm drew a penalty and the Falcons broke a three-game slump on the power play. Demers won a faceoff and Adam McKenzie passed to Carey at the right point. The sophomore skated to the right circle and netted his second for a 2-1 lead at the 12:00 mark of the first period.
Senior Adam McKenzie scored on a wrister from the left circle from Jason Fabian and Mitch Torrel at the 12:09 mark of the second period and AFA scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the final minute.