Hockey: Air Force comes back for 4-3 win over UConn

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Jacques Lamoureux scored a goal with 3:03 remaining in the game to lift the U.S. Air Force Academy to a 4-3 win over the University of Connecticut in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum Jan. 3 in Storrs, Conn.

The No. 11-ranked Falcons improved to 15-3-1 overall and 12-1-1 in the AHA, as the Air Force took three of the four points in the series.

The Huskies took a 2-0 lead with a 5-on-3 power-play goal in the first period, but the Falcons answered with a power-play goal of their own. After Paul Weisgarber drew a tripping penalty, the Falcons got on the board with 59 seconds left in the period. Josh Frider fed Michael Mayra at the center point and the senior from Anchorage, Alaska, blasted his second goal of the season.

The Huskies took a 3-1 lead with a goal 90 seconds into the second period, then the Falcons used their special teams to get back into the game. The Falcons had more than 90 seconds of a 5-on-3, but were unable to score. During the Falcon power play, goaltender Andrew Volkening made three short-handed saves on breakaways. Just as the final penalty was about to expire, the Falcons capitalized as Josh Frider scored from Brent Olson at 7:06 with a power play goal on the rush. Three minutes later, Air Force tied the game when Brent Olson scored on a flurry in front of the goal at 10:41. Michael Mayra took a shot from the point and Olson put back the rebound to tie the game at 3-3.

With 3:03 left in the third period, Jacques Lamoureux scored the game-winner on the rush. Brent Olson made a pass up ice to Josh Frider but the puck slid ahead of the senior winger. Frider chased the puck behind the net and made a centering pass to Lamoureux who buried his 14th of the season. The Huskies pulled the goaltender in the final 49 seconds, but had just one shot on goal.

Air Force out-shot UConn, 29-23, in the game. The Falcons were 3-for-7 on power plays, and Volkening made 20 saves. 

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