Halloran scores twice as Air Force notches second straight tie

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December 7, 2013 Updated: December 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm
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photo - Air Force defensman Alex Halloran scored twice as the Falcons skated to a 3-3 tie with Holy Cross on Saturday..    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force defensman Alex Halloran scored twice as the Falcons skated to a 3-3 tie with Holy Cross on Saturday.. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior defenseman Alex Halloran scored a two goals as Air Force came from behind to force a 3-3 overtime tie with Holy Cross in an Atlantic Hockey Association game on Saturday.

The two teams skated to back-to-back overtime ties in the series. Air Force is now 7-5-4 and 4-2-3 in the AHA.

"It is amazing how many times this team has come from behind," Falcons coach Frank Serratore said. "If we worked as hard at getting a lead, as we do coming back from the dead, we would be so much better off. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. But then the guys work so hard to get back in it. Our guys just don't quit. Our effort and attitude are both great. But our attention to detail is lacking at times in key situations."

Trailing 2-0, the Falcons scored the next two goals to tie the score midway through the third. Air Force got on the board at 8:32 on the rush. Mitch Torrel carried the puck down the right wing and centered the puck for Jason Fabian, who scored.

The Falcons tied the score on the power play as George Michalke III drew a penalty and the Falcons capitalized. Cole Gunner kept the puck in the zone by jumping high to knock it down with his hand. After a flurry in front, Halloran scored his first of the season at the 12:11 mark.

Just over 90 seconds later, the Crusaders regained the lead. After winning a faceoff in the offensive zone, Matt Vidal ripped a shot from the high slot that beat Jason Torf high to the blocker side at 13:58.

With 3:18 left in the third period in a four-on-four situation, Air Force pulled its goalie in favor of the extra skater. After the penalty expired, the Falcons had a two-man advantage and tied the game with 1:21 remaining. A.J Reid fed Adam McKenzie at the point and his shot was redirected by Halloran at the top of the crease to tie the score at 3-3.

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