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Canisius’ hockey season ends with loss to Air Force

The Canisius hockey season is over.

The Golden Griffins were eliminated from the Atlantic Hockey playoffs on Saturday night. Canisius dropped a 4-1 decision to Air Force in Colorado Spring, Col. That meant the Falcons had won the quarterfinal series, two games to none.

Canisius lost at Air Force by the same score on Friday night.

The Falcons improved their record to 20-11-5. They move on to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals, which will be held next weekend in Rochester. The winner of the conference tournament moves on to the NCAA Tournament.

Canisius finished with a 12-22-5 record. The Golden Griffins did get past the first round of the playoffs by beating Niagara last weekend.

Air Force didn’t waste much time in taking the lead for good. The Falcons received a power-play goal from Tyler Ledford at 4:52 of the first period. It was the only goal of the night by Air Force with the man advantage, even though it had six opportunities to score on the power play during the course of the game.

Canisius had a chance to tie the game early on the second period with a power play, but instead Ben Carey scored a huge short-handed goal. At 6:56, Ben Kucera made it a three-goal lead by Air Force.

Ryan Schmelzer got Canisius on the scoreboard in the third period with his 10th of the season. But that was it for the Golden Griffins’ attack. Kyle Haak wrapped up the win for the Falcons by scoring into an empty net.

Air Force finished with a 28-25 edge in shots for the game. Canisius only had a total of 12 shots through two periods. The Golden Griffins finished the game with an 0 for 2 performance on the power play.