Jan. 5, 2010
This Week * Air Force (8-8-4, 8-4-4 AHA) hosts the University of Connecticut Huskies (2-14-2, 2-9-2 AHA) , Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9 * Air Force is tied for first in the AHA with 20 points; UConn is in ninth with six points * Friday's game starts at 6:05 p.m. MT and is nationally televised on CBS College Sports as Dave Ryan and Dave Starman will call the action * Saturday's game starts at 7:05 p.m. MT * CBS College Sports is channel 613 on DirecTV, 152 on Dish Network and 170 on Colorado Springs Comcast
Radio/Internet * Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at GoAirForceFalcons.com * Pregame show is at 6:35 p.m. MST with faceoff at 7:05 p.m. MST each day * Both games will be video streamed with audio by the B2 Network on a subscription basis. For more information, please go to AtlanticHockeyOnline.com
The Coaches * Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his 13th season as the Falcons' head coach * He has led the Falcons to three straight conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths. * Winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey with a record of 206-218-36 (13th year at AFA) and a career mark of 255-310-45 (17th year) * UConn coach Bruce Marshall (UConn, 1985) is in his 22nd season with a record of 296-323-59
Scouting the Huskies * UConn is 2-14-2 overall and in ninth place in the AHA with a 2-9-2 record with six points * The Huskies' last win was a 4-1 victory over AIC, Nov. 7 * UConn has lost seven straight and is winless in the last 10 * The Huskies are 0-11-1 on the road this season * Freshman forward Sean Ambrosie leads the team with five assists and nine points * Junior Andrew Olson leads the team with five goals * Freshman Jeff Larson is the team's top goaltender with a .896 saves percentage and a 3.46 goals-against average * The Huskies average 1.39 goals per game while allowing 4.06
Falcons on Television * Friday's game marks Air Force's first nationally televised game since the NCAA Regionals last season. * It is the first televised game from Cadet Ice Arena since Fox Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast Air Force's 5-2 win over fourth-ranked Denver in 2008. * Since 2004, Air Force is 3-9-1 in games available on national television * AFA is 1-3 on CSTV/CBS College Sports
Special Teams Are Special ---Penalty Kill No. 1 * Both of Air Force's special teams units are among the best in the nation. * The penalty kill is No. 1 in the nation at 91.2 percent, killing 83 of 91 this season * AFA has killed 60 of the last 64 opponent power plays, including 20 straight dating back to Dec. 4 * AFA had a streak of 24 consecutive kills before UConn scored a power play goal on Nov. 20 * Fourteen times (in 20 games) Air Force has held its opponents without a power play goal. Just twice have the Falcons allowed more than one PPG * The power play ranks 21st in the nation at 20.2, going 1-for-8 in the Sacred Heart series * In the 20 games this season, Air Force has scored a power play goal 15 times, including four times with more than one power-play goal * Air Force is 4-4-2 when winning the battle of special teams this season. * Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, AFA is 53-6-8 when winning the special teams battle and 8-29-4 when losing it.
Volkening Sets Another Record
* Senior goaltender Andrew Volkening played his 110th career game on Jan. 3 vs. Sacred Heart, tying the school record set by Marc Kielkucki (1998-2001).
* His 100th game, vs. Bentley on Nov. 7, ended up being his 12th career shutout in a 3-0 win
* Volkening and Kielkucki have each played in 110 career games. Al Morrison (1971-75) has played the third most with 105. Pat Kielb (1993-97) ranks fourth on the list with 101
* Volkening holds the school record for career shutouts (13), wins (61), goals-against average (2.18) and saves percentage (.913). His 2,426 saves are the third most in school history. Al Morrison (1971-75) holds the school record with 3,270, followed by Kim Newman (1968-71) with 3,228