Jan. 2, 2013
This Week Air Force (6-8-4 overall, 4-4-2 AHA) travels to western New York to face the Niagara Purple Eagles (10-3-4, 9-0-1 AHA), in a single game Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:05 p.m. ET at Dwyer Arena.
Radio/Internet/Television The game will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. fà Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day. Live stats are available at PurpleEagles.com.
Six of the Next Eight at Home Air Force has played just seven games at home this season. However, after the game at Niagara, Air Force will play six of the next eight at home. Air Force hosts Army, Jan. 11-12, Robert Morris, Jan. 25-26 and AIC, Feb. 1-2.
Scouting the Purple Eagles Niagara (10-3-4 overall) is in first place in Atlantic Hockey with 19 points and a 9-0-1 record. The Purple Eagles are five points ahead the teams in second place (Mercyhurst, Army and Holy Cross). Niagara¡¦s 12-game unbeaten streak, the longest in the nation, ended last Saturday at Bowling Green with a 3-0 loss. NU¡¦s only other losses are at Colgate and at Michigan State. After taking three points at Clarkson, the Purple Eagles won eight straight AHA games before a 2-2 overtime tie at home against RIT. Niagara is 6-0-2 at home this season.
Last Season vs. the Purple Eagles Air Force went 2-0-1 vs. Niagara last season. The Falcons beat Niagara, 3-2 in overtime, at the Academy early last season. Air Force then took three points with a 2-0 win and a 3-3 overtime tie in a two-game series at Niagara last season.
Series with Niagara Air Force and Niagara will meet for the 48th time and Niagara holds a 28-15-4 lead in the series that began in 1996 when both teams were independents. As independents, the teams played 10 times and AFA was 5-5 vs. the Purple Eagles. From 1999-2000 to 2005-06, both teams were in College Hockey America and played 29 times and Niagara holds a 22-6-3 advantage. Beginning in 2010-11, the teams were both members of Atlantic Hockey. As AHA rivals, AFA has a 4-1-1 lead in the series
Streaking Senior forward Stephen Carew has scored a goal in four of the last five games and has a point in six of the last seven games. Carew's three-game goal streak in December tied as the longest of his career. In the last seven games, he has eight points (5-3-8). Cole Gunner has scored in five of the last six games. He has scored in four straight games prior to the Minnesota game. In the last six games, he has nine points (3-6-9). He had a career best three points (1-2-3) vs. Bentley, Dec. 7, including his second career game-winner. Gunner has scored in eight of the last 10 games. John Kruse has scored at least one point in four his last six games (2-5-7). He had a goal and an assist vs. Alabama-Huntsville on Dec. 30.