Smith and Hurto Lead Butler Past Air Force, 11-7

Meister opened the fourth quarter with his second score of the game, and an unassisted goal by senior tri-captain Paul Adams (Arvada, Colo.) cut the Falcons’ deficit to three goals. However, Butler outscored Air Force 2-1 in the latter half of the fourth period to hold on to the 11-7 victory, its first GWLL win of the season.

Air Force outshot Butler 32-31 for the game, but the Bulldogs had a 41-32 advantage on ground balls. The Falcons were also unable to capitalize on any of their five extra-man opportunities, while Butler was 1-for-3 in the game. The two teams split 22 face-off wins, with junior Kyle O’Neill (Portsmouth, R.I.) winning 8-of-15 to lead Air Force.

Meister led the Air Force offense with his two goals and an assist, while Lochocki added two goals and Nevitt and junior Michael Weber (Wantagh, N.Y.) each finished with a goal and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Justin Pavoni (Park City, Utah) finished with 11 saves, including nine in the second half alone, and a game-high seven ground balls.

For the Bulldogs, Cliff Smith notched five points on four goals and an assist, while Pat Hurto added three goals to pace the offense. Kyle Harer made 10 stops in goal for Butler, while adding six ground balls.

The Falcons are back in action on Sunday, when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a match-up with Ohio State. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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Score by Period       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Air Force........... 1 1 2 3 - 7
BUTLER.............. 3 3 3 2 - 11

Air Force SCORING:
GOALS: Meister, Will 2; Lochocki, Conrad 2; Nevitt, Griffin 1;
Weber, Michael 1; Adams, Paul 1.
ASSISTS: Meister, Will 1; Nevitt, Griffin 1; Weber, Michael 1.

BUTLER SCORING:
GOALS: Smith, Cliff 4; Hurto, Pat 3; Sieverts, Jeremy 1; Mathias,
Doug 1; Sultze, Ben 1; Brauch, Phil 1.
ASSISTS: Morgan, Will 2; Mathias, Doug 1; Sieverts, Jeremy 1;
Smith, Cliff 1; Sultze, Ben 1; Wade, Adam 1.

Shots by period 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Air Force........... 12 4 10 6 - 32
BUTLER.............. 8 5 11 7 - 31

Ground balls by prd 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Air Force........... 8 6 9 9 - 32
BUTLER.............. 7 9 12 13 - 41

Face-offs by prd 1 2 3 4 Total
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Air Force........... 3-5 2-5 3-6 3-6 - 11-22
BUTLER.............. 2-5 3-5 3-6 3-6 - 11-22

Clears by period 1 2 3 4 Total
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Air Force........... 6-6 3-4 6-7 5-7 - 20-24
BUTLER.............. 7-8 4-4 6-7 8-8 - 25-27

Extra-man opps 1 2 3 4 Total
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Air Force........... 0-1 0-0 0-2 0-2 - 0-5
BUTLER.............. 0-0 1-1 0-1 0-2 - 1-4

Saves by period 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Air Force........... 1 1 6 3 - 11
BUTLER.............. 6 1 2 1 - 10

PENALTIES - AF 4/3:00; BUTLER 5/3:30.


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