COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Cadet Ice Arena) - Brady Tomlak scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead the Air Force Academy to a 6-3 victory over Bemidji State University Sunday. The Beavers fell behind early and battled back twice to tie the game, but the Falcons were just too much for BSU in the end and earned the victory to win the series.
The game officially capped the non-conference season for the Beavers.
Bemidji State was in a hole shortly after the opening face off. Just 4:32 in the Falcons' Marshall Bowery beat BSU goaltender Henry Johnson for his first goal of the 2018-19 season. At the 17:30 mark, the hole got deeper for the Beavers as Tomlak found the back of the net.
With the first period winding down, the Beavers avoided opening the second period facing a 2-0 deficit as Alex Ierullo picked a Falcon's pocket at the offensive blue line and went five hole to score an unassisted goal with 1:37 left in the frame providing a spark for BSU heading into the first intermission.
Momentum carried over into the second. BSU sophomore Ethan Somoza found the back of the net just 60 seconds in to tie the game a 2-2 and open a four-goal period. The teams then traded power-play goals. At the 6:34 mark the Falcons regained the lead on a Kyle Haak goal followed by an Aaron Miller power-play tally at the 8:47 mark to knot the score at 3-3. Air Force grabbed a 4-3 lead at the 11:52 mark when Dan Bailey netted his first goal of the season. The goal also ended Johnson's night after 31:52. Sophomore Zach Driscoll finished the game in net for BSU making his first appearance since Dec. 8.
Air Force clung to a 4-3 lead to open the final 20 minutes of play but added a pair of goals in the third period, including an empty-net goal to coast to a 6-3 victory.
Johnson, who was making his fourth consecutive start, was tagged with the loss after making saves on seven of the 11 shots he faced during the first 31:52. Johnson moves to 5-5-2. Driscoll made 13 stops and allowed one goal in 26:47 of relief.
The Beavers' record dips to 8-9-3 overall as they completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 2-4-2 record. Bemidji State will remain on the road and travel to Bowling Green, Ohio for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Bowling Green State University Thursday and Friday. The puck is set to drop at 6:37 p.m. each night from Slater Family Ice Arena.