RIT outshot the Falcons 40-24 but could not solve Air Force goaltender Jason Torf, an All-Tournament Team selection, who stopped all 40 saves he face.
"I thought we played really well," said RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson. "I thought we dominated at times, but credit their goalie he played well and sometimes you play well and aren't rewarded."
RIT came out firing in the first period, throwing 14 shots on net. Junior Tyler Brenner (Linwood, Ontario) had two good chances in close but was thwarted by Torf.
The Falcons took a lead at 13:41 of the second when AHA Tournament MVP Jacques Lamoureux scored off a rebound on a shot by Tim Kirby. He drove in and fired a shot from teh face-off dot that Shane Madolora (Salinas, CA) saved. The rebound came right to Lamoureux and he scored with a shot underneath Madolora for his 24th of the season.
The Tigers had two good scoring chances late in the period. Taylor McReynolds (Sherwood Park, Alberta) broke in on Torf and fired a good hard wrist shot that went underneath Torf's pads and just missed the net and skated wide.
Brenner came right back and had a good chance but Torf once again turned away the shot.
The Tigers jumped up the pressure in the third period, firing 13 shots on net. McReynolds had a great chance with 2:42 remaining in regulation short handed. He forechecked behind the AIr Force net and stole the puck along the boards. He skated in front and tried to jam the puck into the net, but Torf kept his pads on the ice making the save.
"You want to be there in the end," said Senior forward Andrew Favot. "We had our chances late, but the goalie made some big saves and held us out."
Sean Murphy (Owatonna, MN), who scored two goals in Friday night's semifinal game, was named to the AHA All-Tournament team.
RIT was 0-for-4 on the power play. Madolora made 23 saves for the Tigers.