It was a tough game, and the Kansas Jayhawks were unable to keep control in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Fairfield in the final game of pool play in the ACHA Division 3 National Tournament.
The action was back and forth in the first period, with the Kansas offense pushing the pace and just unable to find the back of the net. Fairfield Goalie Lanni made several spectacular saves, and Kansas was unable to turn a late power play opportunity into a goal.
Early in the second period, Kansas finally got one in, as Brad Glass tipped in the rebound of a shot from Dawson Engle to start the scoring. Kansas continued to apply pressure until a penalty gave Fairfield a power play with 5:41 left in the period. Instead of conceding a goal, they pressured the Fairfield offense, and Miles Manson was able to break away on the defense and score a short-handed goal with 3:31 left in the second. They went into the second intermission up 2-0.
In the third, Fairfield started pushing the tempo, and despite two Kansas power plays, the Jayhawks were unable to extend the lead. Fairfield was awarded a power play late in the period, and with 6:24 left in the game, they clawed one back. From there, the pace was frantic, and the Jayhawks were unable to kill a power play with 2:13 left. Fairfield followed up with another quick goal, and Kansas was unable to mount a comeback to push it into overtime.
Kansas ends the season with a 23-1-1 record, the best record ever for a KU Club Hockey team.