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Video: Air Force hockey's Tyler Ledford earns ESPN Sportscenter nod with goal against No. 1 St. Cloud State

By: The Gazette
March 24, 2018 Updated: March 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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photo - St. Cloud State's Ryan Poehling (11) controls the puck as he crosses the blue line as Air Force's Tyler Ledford (13) defends during the third period of an NCAA regional men's college hockey tournament game, Friday, March 23, 2018, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Dave Eggen)
St. Cloud State's Ryan Poehling (11) controls the puck as he crosses the blue line as Air Force's Tyler Ledford (13) defends during the third period of an NCAA regional men's college hockey tournament game, Friday, March 23, 2018, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Dave Eggen) 

Colorado Springs native Tyler Ledford scored two goals Friday to help the Air Force hockey team to its biggest NCAA Tournament upset, a 4-1 win over overall No. 1 seed St. Cloud State.

Ledford also earned the No. 1 play in ESPN Sportscenter's top 10 plays of the day feature Friday night.

Ledford took a high swing on his first goal off a redirection and officials reviewed it to see if his stick was above the crossbar, but the call on the ice stood. Air Force took a 1-0 lead 2:57 into the second period.

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'We got some fortunate bounces. That’s hockey.'

There was no doubting Ledford’s second, a deft deflection of a Matt Koch shot 4:26 later. Looking for the hat trick, Ledford put a few moves on David Hrenak on a breakaway but met the goaltender’s leg pad.

The senior has been playing with organizations Air Force head coach Frank Serratore founded or coached off and on since he was 12.

Air Force entered the tournament as the No. 16 overall seed and St. Cloud was No. 1.

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