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Bonnies Hang Tough But Come Up Short vs. No. 16 Air Force

John Fox had a goal and an assist vs. Air Force. (Photo: Craig Melvin)
John Fox had a goal and an assist vs. Air Force. (Photo: Craig Melvin)

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DENVER, Co. – St. Bonaventure held tough early, but No. 16 Air Force proved too much in the second half as the Falcons took an 11-5 victory Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Denver Faceoff Classic.

St. Bonaventure remained nearly equal with one of the nation's top teams through the first half, down by just one through 27 minutes.

Air Force was on the board first, striking just over two minutes in on a quick goal from Ethan Grandolfo.

The Bonnies would respond, though, evening the score just over a minute later when John Fox found the back of the cage for a 1-1 tie.

The tie lasted for four minutes until Grandolfo scored again at the 7:38 mark of the first, followed by a goal from Trey Levrick for a 3-1 tally. The Bonnies pulled within one again though after one quarter as Matthew DeGirolamo netted a goal 15 seconds before the end of the first for a 3-2 score.

Separated by just one goal for the first four and a half minutes of the second, the Falcons scored 9:25 before the half, but Bona was back within one, 4-3, following a laser from Mark Belles. Air Force grabbed two quick scores within two minutes of each other at the end of the half, though, to take a 6-3 advantage to intermission.

The two goals before the end of the first half began what became a 6-0 run for the Falcons as they held the Bonnies scoreless in the third quarter.

Freshman Jake Emmick scored a pair of goals for the Bonnies in the fourth.

Belles also finished with two points, assisting one of Emmick's scores.

Air Force (3-2) held a 35-25 advantage in shots and won 11 of 19 faceoffs. Max Brie had one of the best days in program history in the faceoff X, though, going 8-for-11.

Ben Mazur made his first start of the season and made nine saves for the Bonnies.

Next up for St. Bonaventure (0-4) is a trip to South, playing at High Point on March 2.

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