Hamburg nets natural hat trick; Tigers lead 3-2 headed into third

Colorado College senior Andrew Hamburg scored a natural hat trick, the first of his college career, to propel the Tigers to a 3-1 lead before a bad penalty gave the host Falcons the chance they needed to trim the visitors lead to 3-2 headed into the third period.

More than two minutes after Hamburg redirected a pass by Cody Bradley past AFA goalie Jason Torf to make it 3-1, CC freshman Hunter Fejes hit a Falcon after the whistle to set up a power play for the host Falcons.

Air Force took advantage when senior captain John Kruse buried a rebound after Tony Thomas’s drive to the post created the opportunity in front. That energized a standing-room-only crowd (2,470 capacity) at Cadet Ice Arena on the academy campus.

Hamburg had scored twice in 124 seconds to push the visiting Tigers ahead 2-1 early in the second period after trailing 1-0 after one.

His first goal was a classic hard work score while his second was a beauty found on dry erase boards.

Freshman Cody Bradley’s pass across the crease bounced over to Hamburg who crashed the net and poked in the puck to tie the nonconference game at 1-1 only 1:42 into the second period. It was Bradley’s first point as a Tiger in his second game.

Hamburg’s second goal came on the power play when he got behind the two Air Force defensemen at center ice and hauled in a long pass from junior defenseman Eamonn McDermott to split the two and set up a breakaway. His shot past Falcons goalie Jason Torf’s glove made it 2-1 with 16:16 left in the second.

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