USAFA, Colo. – Andrew Ramsey and Jeff Hajner each scored two goals helping Air Force defeat Army 4-1 Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action at Cadet Ice Arena at USAFA, Colo.
With the outcome, the Black Knights (12-9-3, 10-6-3 AHA) are now tied with the Falcons (12-8-5, 9-3-5) for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points.
Air Force got on the board first, scoring 7:53 into the first period. Falcons’ center Heo Zacour won a face-off in the Army zone, drawing it back to Hajner, who shot it from the top of the circle for the goal.
Army responded with 3:24 remaining in the first. Luke Flicek took the puck away from an Air Force defender and quickly shot the puck on net. Falcons’ goalie Ben Worker made the initial save, but Bryce Hollweg crashed the net and banged home the rebound for his seventh goal of the season.
The Falcons took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period with a power play goal from Ramsey, with assists from Eric Ehn and Michael Mayra. Mayra controlled the puck on the point, passed it to Ehn on top of the circle, and then Ehn sent the puck across the ice to Ramsey who was set up at the far post.
Ramsey gave Air Force a 3-1 advantage with his second goal of the night 4:32 into the third period. Billy Devoney dumped the puck in the corner where Ehn sat, Ehn then passed it to Ramsey who streak across before taking the shot on Army goalie Josh Kassel.
Hajner picked up his second goal of the evening to give the Falcons their final goal and a 4-1 cushion with 5:58 remaining in the contest. Brian Gineo started the play by passing it to Josh Schaffer. Schaffer then shot the puck, but it caromed off the post right onto the stick of Hajner.
Kassel finished the night with 24 saves for Army, while Worker made 21 stops for Air Force.
The Black Knights look to exact revenge and avoid the sweep tomorrow night in game two of the weekend series.