A school-record 15 Falcons honored for their work in the classroom
Freshmen helped lead Air Force to a sweep of AIC, Feb. 13-14
Freshman Connor Girard made 25 saves in first career start
Gunner scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime
Falcons have tied back-to-back games; AFA is 2-6-2 overall this season.
Played in 16 games and had six points (1-5-6) … Suffered a fractured ankle against Mercyhurst (Jan. 6) and missed the remainder of the season … Season high two points (1-1-2), including a power-play goal against Bentley (Oct. 21) … Two assists against Holy Cross (Dec. 2) … Named to academic all-conference team.
Played in 32 games and had 10 assists ... His 10 assists were the fourth most among the defensemen ... Career-best three assists in the 4-3 win over Colorado College, Nov. 27, including the first assist on the Falcons’ first two goals of the game ... Two assists in the win over AIC, Jan. 8.
Played in 32 games and had 10 points on one goal and nine assists .. All 10 points came in 21 conference games .. Tied for the team lead with a +8 ... First career point was an assist vs. Robert Morris in a 3-3 overtime tie ... First career goal came against Army in a 3-1 victory ... Scored a point in three straight games in January ... Tied his career high of two assists against AIC twice and Niagara.
Before Air Force
Played in 113 games in three seasons with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the NAHL … Played in three games in 2011-12 with one assist and was a +4 … In the 2012-13, had 12 points (2-10-12) and was a +7 … Played in six playoff games and had an assist … In 2013-14, played in 55 games and had 32 points (11-21-32) and was a +8 … Led all defensemen on the team in goals and points … Second on the team with seven power-play goals … Selected to the NAHL All-North Division team … Had three assists in eight playoff games.
Member of Cadet Squadron 23 ... Parents are John and Natalie Kopacka ... Has two siblings ... Brother, Jack, was drafted 93rd overall by the Anaheim Ducks this past summer ... Cousin, Ben Kopacka, is a 2012 USAFA graduate and a three-year football letterman on the defensive line ... Uncle, Gary Kopacka, is a 1978 Academy graduate ... Major is management ... This past summer, worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training in the Student Flight … Completed the powered flight program with eight flights and said “it was an awesome experience” … Is the character officer in his squadron, coordinating community service activities … Considering a career as a pilot ... On the dean’s list three times and the athletic’s list twice ... Greatest individual moment in sports was scoring from the red line against Army … Greatest team moment was winning the AHC Championship … Wears the No. 52 because he combined his previous number (5) with his brother’s number (2) ... Credits his parents with having the greatest influence on his sports career ... Started playing hockey at age four ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite player is former Red Wing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.