Air Force faces a pair of Hockey East opponents in 10th-ranked Vermont and UMass
AFA won fifth AHA title in the last six years; fell to eventual national champion Boston College in NCAA Tournament
Foruth-seeded Air Force faces top-seeded Boston College, Saturday, March 24
Jason Torf made 34 saves in shutout victory
Kirby, Mathis and De Laurell named first team all-AHA; Kruse second team
First-team all-AHA ... Played in all 38 games and was the team's top scoring defenseman with 27 points (8-19-27) ... Second in the AHA and 16th in the nation in points by a defenseman ... In AHA games, was tied for second in points by a defenseman (5-16-21) ... Career-best three assists in the win over AIC, Oct. 23 ... Career-best seven-game point-scoring streak from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20 ... Three points (1-2-3) in the 3-2 win over Canisius, Jan. 29 ... Two assists in the 7-5 win over Sacred Heart in the first game of the AHA Quarterfinals, March 11 ... Named to the AHA all-tournament team.
Played in all 37 games and was seventh on the team and second among the defensemen with 16 points ... Tied his season- best with two assists and two points against Alabama-Huntsville ... First goal of the season came in the 3-3 tie with Bentley, Nov. 6 ... Power-play goal at RIT, Feb. 19 ... Tied his season with two assists and two points in the win over Sacred Heart, Feb. 27, in the regular-season finale.
Played in 40 of the 41 games and was the top scoring freshman on the team with 23 points ... Earned the John Matchefts Award as the team's top freshman ... Named to the AHA all-rookie team ... Second among freshman defensemen in the AHA with 12 points (3-9-12) in 28 league games ... Seventh in the league and 40th in the nation in points by a freshman with 0.58 per game ... Eighth in the league in points by a defenseman in all games with 0.58 (4-19-23)... Tied his season high of two assists vs. Bemidji State (Oct. 18) and Sacred Heart (Nov. 21) ... First career goal vs. SHU, Nov. 22 ... At least one point in 10 of the last 14 games ... Named to the all-tournament team at the AHA Final Four.
Before Air Force
Played two seasons for coach Mark Carlson and the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL ... In 2007-08, played in all 60 games and was third on the team in scoring for a defenseman with 25 points (7-18-25) ... Team captain ... Played in 46 games in 2006-07 and had seven points (2-5-7) ... Graduated from Prairie Ridge (Ill.) High School.
Member of Cadet Squadron 22 ... Parents are Mark and Cindy Mathis ... Has one sister, Claire ... Major is management ... In the summer of 2009, completed the Jump (parachute) program and said it "was the coolest thing I've ever done" ... This past summer, he worked the Falcon Summer Sports Camps as a counselor and also worked the obstacle course during Basic Cadet Training ... On the dean's list every semester, on the commandant's list (military excellence) four times and the superintendent's list once for excellence in academics, military and athletics in the same semester ... Would like to work in the acquisitions career fields after graduation ... Long-term goal is to own his own business ... Favorite movies are Gran Torino and No Country for Old Men ... Favorite book is A Random Walk Down Wall Street ... Something not many people know about him is that he likes to collect old comic books ... Has worn his current number since he was in juniors ... Favorite sport other than hockey is golf ... Credits his dad as having the greatest influence on his sports career ... Started playing roller hockey at age six and transitioned to ice at age nine ... Hobbies are volleyball and reading ... Favorite NHL team is the Chicago Blackhawks ... Favorite player is Jonathan Toews.