Falcons travel to Sacred Heart for two-game league series
Jan. 4, 2011
This Week Air Force (8-7-2,6-3-2 AHA) travels to Connecticut for a two-game Atlantic Hockey series against Sacred Heart (2-13-4, 2-7-4 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Jan. 7-8. Friday's game is at 7:05 p.m. ET at the Milford Ice Arena in Milford, Conn., the usual home rink off Sacred Heart. Saturday's game is at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. The Falcons are tied for third in the AHA with 14 points while Sacred Heart is tied for 11th with eight points.
The Arena in Bridgeport Air Force will return to the Arena in Bridgeport for the first time since March of 2009 when the Falcons played in the NCAA East Regional. Air Force beat third-ranked Michigan in the first game to advance to the regional final against 10th-ranked Vermont. Vermont ended the Falcons' season, one game shy of the Frozen Four with a 3-2 double overtime win. Vermont scored the game-winner on a slap shot that went through the net, but was not detected at the time. The goal was awarded later on video review.
Radio/Internet The games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will be the color analyst. Both games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college.
Scouting the Sacred Heart Pioneers
Sacred Heart is 2-13-4 overall and tied for 11th in the AHA with a 2-7-4 record.
After opening season 0-5-1, SHU earned its first win of the season on Nov. 6 against AIC.
The Pioneers then went 0-5-2 before a split with Mercyhurst on Dec. 3-4.
SHU comes into the Air Force series with a three-game losing streak.
SHU is 2-6-1 at home this season.
Matt Gingera and Patrick Knowlton led the team with five goals each.
Eric DeLong leads the team with 13 points (4-9-13).
Sophomore Steven Legatto has seen the most action in goal with an .880 saves percentage and a 5.00 GAA.
SHU is last in the nation in scoring defense (5.33) and last in the league in scoring offense (2.17).
Season-Long Win Streak Air Force is currently on a three-game winning streak and a four-game unbeaten streak, both are the longest since late last season. All three wins have come by one goal, two them overcame two-goal deficits, one game-winner was scored with less than one second left and one was in overtime Air Force got off to a rough start with an 0-4 record. However, Air Force is 8-3-2 since then. AFA is 6-1-2 since Nov. 14.
Series with Sacred Heart AFA and Sacred Heart have played 21 times and Air Force holds a 13-5-3 lead in the series that began in 2000. As AHA foes, the teams have played 17 times since the 2006-07 season and AFA has a 10-5-2 lead in the series. In games played in Connecticut, AFA is 3-3 against Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart ended Air Force's season last year with a 2-1 win in AHA Semifinals in Rochester, N.Y. The teams split the regular-season series last season.
Cardiac Kids Air Force has eight wins this season and six have come by one goal, including one in overtime. In four of the eight wins, Air Force has come back from a two- or three-goal deficit to win. Air Force came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period to beat current No. 1. Yale, 4-3 and give Yale its only loss of the season (12-1 as of Jan. 2). AFA came back from two-goal holes against RIT, Holy Cross and Bentley. Last week in the first game against Bentley, AFA trailed 2-0 midway through the third, tied the game in the final two minutes and won it in overtime .