NCAA Hockey Tournament 2011: Air Force Falls To Yale, 2-1, In OT

The Air Force Falcons made it to overtime against the top overall seed Yale Bulldogs in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, but an unlucky bounce doomed the Cinderella story and Yale advances.

The underdog Falcons fell behind Yale in the first period, as top prospect Brian O’Neill placed a perfect pass over the stick shoulder of Air Force freshman goaltender Jason Torf, who finished a spectacular game with 26 saves.

Air Force tied up the game in the second period with a beautiful wrap-around goal by Sean Bertsch that slid between the pads of Yale goaltender Ryan Rondeau. A scoreless third sent the game into overtime, where the Falcons dominated play. Unfortunately, Torf allowed a rebound and Yale forward Chad Ziegler dove past the defenseman and was able to deflect the puck past Torf for the victory.

Air Force is the first Colorado team to fall out of the tournament. Colorado College plays against favored Boston College. The University of Denver faces off against Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

Yale advances, and will face the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the next round to determine who enters the Frozen Four.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.