by Air Force Staff Sgt. Blake Mize
JBER Public Affairs
3/25/2014 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Jacques
Lamoureux scored a late goal to lift the Air Force to victory in Joint
Base Elmendorf-Richardson's first Army vs. Air Force hockey game March
A capacity crowd, hosted by the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, filled the
Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus
to watch the game.
The Air Force's Josh Riley scored the game's first goal late in the
first period, which the Army's John Orendorff equalized shortly after.
The Army's Michael Lemanski opened the scoring in the second period,
taking their first lead at 2-1. Lamoureux evened the scored at two, but
Orendorff's second goal of the game took the Army into the third period
with a 3-2 lead.
However, the Air Force capitalized on four third-period penalties
against the Army, scoring two quick goals for a 4-3 lead. Matt Hickey
scored the Army's fourth and final goal before Lamoureux netted the game
winner with just over five minutes left in the game.
"I thought it was a lot of fun, very competitive," said Lamoureux, who
was named game's most valuable player. "One of my old teammates from the
[Air Force] Academy was out there and Matt Hickey played at West Point.
We played against each other, so it was fun to renew those rivalries."
Hickey agreed the game was well-played but said it could have turned out better for his team.
"We hurt ourselves with penalties, just like with any hockey game," he
said. "I think if we played seven games it would be a 4-3 series, but it
was one and done - and they got the better side of it tonight."
The game at UAA was the second such Air Force vs. Army game in the last
few weeks. The first, also won by the Air Force 9-6, took place in the
Fairbanks area between Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base and Soldiers
from Fort Wainwright.
The inter-service games off base were the idea of Army Maj. Gen. Michael
Shields, U.S. Army Alaska commanding general, who also played for the
Army team in Saturday's game.
In addition to the opportunity for friendly athletic competition, the
purpose of the game was to foster esprit de corps between JBER military
branches and to reach the local community by playing in Anchorage.