Air Force’s Casey Kleisinger broke free for a shorthanded goal with 4:56 left in the second period for the eventual game-winner as the Atlantic Hockey Association leaders knocked off No. 5 Colorado College 2-1 Friday at World Arena.
It was Air Force’s first win at the current World Arena and fists road win since 1985 at the Broadmoor World Arena (6-5 OT).
Tigers junior defenseman Mike Boivin fired a slap shot past AFA goalie Stephen Caple early in the third to male it 2-1. The Tigers dominated the final period, outshooting Air Force (10-4-2) 17-2 before slowing down in the final five minutes.
“We got what we deserved,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “They played hard and smart and got the win. We had a great third period but it wasn’t enough.”
On Kleisinger’s goal, the puck was passed off the far boards by Mike Walsh and ended up in the middle of the CC blue line where Kleisinger skated forward to get the puck and split the CC defenders, who were slow to react.
He skated straight up ice and beat CC goalie Josh Thorimbert to give Air Force a 2-0 lead and the cushion the Falcons needed to weather the CC storm.
Air Force dominated the first period outshooting Colorado College 9-5 thanks to two power plays, including a score with the man advantage by Scott Mathis to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.
CC (11-6) will look to bounce back against No. 10 Union, which lost at Denver 3-1 on Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“I feel confident in the the guys we have in (the locker room),” Boivin said.