Exhibition roundup: UBC 4, Air Force 2; UNO 4, Lethbridge 1

The University of British Columbia scored two goals early in the second period and then added two empty-netters for a 4-2 win over Air Force in a college hockey exhibition game, Monday, Oct. 8, at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for three goals in the second period. British Columbia scored first when Joe Antilla scored on a rebound from Scott Wasden at 3:56. Scott MacDonald also assisted on the play. The Thunderbirds took a 2-0 lead when the Falcons turned the puck over in their own end and Dustin Kimber scored at 14:15. Air Force got on the board with a power-play goal at 15:51. Cole Gunner and Chad Demers moved the puck through the slot and found Scott Holm on the weak side. Holm scored to cut the BC lead to 2-1.

With 1:18 remaining in the game and trailing 2-1, Air Force pulled goaltender David Bosner from the net in favor of the extra attacker. However, with 51 seconds left, Max Grassi shot the puck from behind his own goal line, up and over everyone and into the empty net for a 3-1 lead. The Falcons made the game interesting with 22 seconds remaining, still with the empty net in their own end.  Demers centered the puck from the back wall to Gunner who scored to make the score 3-2. Kyle De Laurell also assisted on the play. With seven seconds left, Scott MacDonald gave the Thunderbirds a 4-2 lead with an empty-netter.

Air Force out-shot BC, 31-26, in the game. AFA was 1-for-6 on the power play while BC was 0-for-4. Bosner made 22 saves for the Falcons. Thunderbird starting goalie Jordan White made 20 saves in 30 minutes while not allowing a goal. Kray Barnstable came on to play the final 30 minutes and gave up two goals while making nine saves.

Air Force opens the regular season at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 12-13. The Falcons face Alaska on Friday, Oct. 12, at 5:07 p.m. AT. Air Force then faces Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:07 p.m. AT.

Nebraska Omaha 4, Lethbridge 1

OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha hockey team got goals from four different players to beat Lethbridge, 4-1, in an exhibition game on Monday at the CenturyLink Center.

The game was the opener for the Mavericks who begin regular season play on Friday.

It didn’t take long for the Mavericks to open the scoring.  Just 59 seconds into the game, Dominic Zombo tapped in a feed from Brock Montpetit.  Zahn Raubenheimer also picked up an assist.

The Mavs doubled their lead at 12:31 when Ryan Walters scored.  His first shot was stopped, but he gathered up the rebound, weaved through traffic and fired in a shot off Lethbridge goalie Dylan Tait.

 

Monday reading: Kerdiles, Schwartz, Air Force, BGSU, Mankato

Here is the possible cause for Wisconsin freshman Nic Kerdiles problems with the NCAA. Here is another blogger with more details.

This Gophers blog made its WCHA preseason picks, straying from previous polls by picking CC 6th and Mankato 7th. Rylan Schwartz was named as a second team forward.

Unlike the other hockey conferences, Atlantic Hockey is enjoying some stability, for now, with Air Force favored as usual. Here is a season preview on the Falcons.

The Bowling Green coach received a two-year contract extension today.

Here is more info on Mankato’s 7-1 exhibition win ahgainst Lethbridge Sunday night. UL travels to Nebraska Omaha for the final exhibition game tonight.

Sunday reading: Behrend, exhibition preview, Denver, Lowell, schedule

Former Tiger Ted Behrend is in CHL Denver Cutthroats’ training camp, which started last week.

Here is the Gazette’s preview for this weekend’s exhibition games involving Air Force and Colorado College which has top returning scorer Rylan Schwartz, pictured.

Denver’s David Makowski, who missed a lot of games last season due to recurring headaches, is back at full strength this season.

Here is a capsule preview of UMass-Lowell by the Boston U. fan blog and notes on its exhibition win on Saturday.

Here is the WCHA exhibition schedule for Sunday and Monday.

Sun
10/07/12
Manitoba
at Bemidji State
5:07 p.m. CT
Sun
10/07/12
Lethbridge
at Minnesota State
5:07 p.m. CT
Sun
10/07/12
British Columb.
at Colorado College
6:07 p.m. MT
Mon
10/08/12
Lethbridge
at Nebraska Omaha
7:07 p.m. CT