Ben Persian
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    Ben Persian

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Orono, Minn.

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 188

    Position:
    F

    Last Team:
    Owatonna Express (NAHL)

    03/02/2013

    Air Force sweeps 13th-ranked Niagara with 6-1 win

    Adam McKenzie had four points; Ben Persian had two goals

    02/16/2013

    Air Force sweeps Canisius with 3-2 win

    Scott Holm scored two goals and Ben Persian scored one in 3-2 victory

    02/01/2013

    Air Force and AIC skate to 2-2 overtime tie

    Demers and De Laurell score for Air Force as the Falcons extend unbeaten streak to seven games

    01/26/2013

    Air Force sweeps Robert Morris with 4-1 win

    AFA moved into sole possession of second place with a sweep of the Colonials

    01/19/2013

    Kleisinger scores two as Air Force beat Sacred Heart, 5-2

    Falcons improve to 8-9-5 overall and 6-5-3 in the AHA

    2012-13 (Sophomore)
    Played in 30 games and had 11 points on six goals and five assists ... Three of his six goals were the first goals of the game ... Nine of his 11 points came in conference games ... Career-best two goals, including the game-winner, in the 6-1 win over 13th-ranked Niagara, March 2 ... Career-best two assists in the win at Sacred Heart, Jan. 19 ... Scored AFA's first goal in the come-from-behind 3-2 win against Canisius, Feb. 16.

    2011-12 (Freshman)
    Played in one game, against North Dakota in the season opener ... Had one shot on goal.

    Before Air Force
    Played two seasons for the Owatonna Express of the NAHL ... Junior coach was Chuck Linconheld ... Led the team with 24 goals and 48 points in 55 games in 2010-11 ... Fourth on the team with 24 assists ... Also had four power-play goals and four game-winners ... Played 48 games in 2009-10 and had seven goals and six assists ... Named the NAHL Central Division player of the week in October 2010 ... Lettered three years in hockey and football and two in baseball at Orono High School ... All-conference three times in hockey and named honorable mention all-state as a senior ... All-conference twice in football ... All-state honorable mention and named the Wright County most valuable receiver as a senior.

    Personal
    Member of Cadet Squadron 16 ... Parents are Steve and Kathy Persian ... Has one brother ... Major is economics ... This past summer, worked as a cadre during Expeditionary and Survival Evasion Training ... Also travelled to Tinker AFB, Okla., on Operation Air Force ... On the dean's list both semesters as a freshman and on the athletic's list once ... On the superintendent's list for excellence in academics, military and athletics as a sophomore ... Long-term goal is to work in the contracting career field ... Would like to get his MBA after graduating ... Started playing hockey at the age of five ... Favorite NHL team is the Minnesota Wild ... Favorite player is Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

    PERSIAN'S CAREER STATS
    Year GP G A PTS PIM SOG PP SH GW
    2011-12 1 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 0
    2012-13 30 6 5 11 3-6 67 0 0 1
    Totals 31 6 5 11 3-6 68 0 0 1
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