Falcons host Niagara in AHC series, Jan. 9-10
Jan. 6, 2015
Air Force (5-13-3, 4-6-2 AHC) returns home after eight-straight road games to host Niagara (3-13-2, 3-9-2 AHC), in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Conference series, Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10, at 7:05 pm MT each night from Cadet Ice Arena.
Every regular-season and playoff game will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Animal AM 1300 and online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day.
Live stats are available at GoAirForceFalcons.com by clicking on the hockey schedule.
Every Air Force home game and every AHA game will be video streamed, with audio, live on AtlanticHockey.tv. Go to AtlanticHockeyOnline.com for more information.
Air Force has struggled to score goals recently. In the last eight games, Air Force has scored just 11 goals. In those eight games, Air Force is 1-5-1 with the only win coming at Canisius (3-2), Nov. 29. On the season, Air Force is averaging 2.00 goals per game, 10th in the league and 49th in the nation.
Air Force has struggled on Friday, but Saturday night has been alright. Air Force is 1-6-2 on Friday and 4-5-1 on Saturday this season. Air Force won the season opener on Friday night against Mercyhurst and is 0-6-1 since that game. Since week two of the season, Air Force is 4-2-1 on Saturday night with the only losses coming on the road at No. 3 North Dakota and on the road at Bentley.
After eight straight road games, Air Force returns home for the first game at Cadet Ice Arena since a 3-1 win over Colorado College, Nov. 22. The Falcons host four straight games at Cadet Ice Arena, beginning with a two-game series against Niagara, Jan. 9-10. Air Force plays 10 of its final 16 regular-season games at home.
Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 18th season at Air Force with a record of 298-290-65 record (653 games). He is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey, having led Air Force to five AHA championships and five NCAA Tournaments in the last eight years. In 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 347-382-74 (803 games).
The Quest for 300
With 298 wins at the Academy, head coach Frank Serratore is nearing his 300th win at Air Force. He is already the winningest at the Academy. John Matchefts (1974-85) and Chuck Delich (1986-1997) are tied for second in Air Force history with 151 wins. Only 11 active NCAA coaches have 300 or more wins at their current institution:
Series vs. Niagara
Niagara holds a 32-20-4 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 31 times and Niagara held 22-6-3 advantage.
Since the 2010-11 season, the teams have both been members of Atlantic Hockey. As AHA rivals, AFA has a 9-5-1 lead in the series.
Ten of the last 14 games were decided by two goals or less with four going OT.
The teams have played 27 times at the Academy and Niagara leads that series, 13-12-2. Air Force has won six of the last nine games played at the Cadet Ice Arena.
Last Season vs. the Purple Eagles
Last season, Air Force and Niagara played six times, three in the regular season and three in the playoffs. In the regular season, Air Force won two of three. The Falcons won the single-game at the Academy, 7-4, Oct. 27. The teams then split the series in western New York with Niagara winning game one, 4-1, and Air Force won game two, 4-1. In the AHC Quarterfinals at the Cadet Ice Arena, Niagara ended the Falcons’ season by taking two of three. Air Force won the first game, 2-1. Cole Gunner and Max Hartner scored in the second period and Jason Torf made 26 saves. Jackson Teichroeb made 36 for the Purple Eagles. In the second game, Hugo Turcotte scored two goals to lead Niagara to the 4-3 win. Air Force trailed 2-0 in the second period when Chad Demers and Ben Carey tied the game. Niagara scored the next two goals for a 4-2 lead. Ryan Timar cut the Niagara lead to 4-3, but that was how it ended. Torf made 29 saves for the Falcons while Jackson Teichroeb made 23. In the third and deciding playoff game, Niagara defenseman Matt Williams ripped a wrister from the left point at 4:49 of overtime to lift the Purple Eagles to a 4-3 win. Niagara scored first, but Alex Halloran tied the game at 1-1. After another Niagara goal, George Michalke tied the game late in the first period. Late in the second period, Niagara’s Patrick Conte scored on a rebound. Early in the third period, Early in the third period, Ryan Timar tied the game at 3-3. Jason Torf made 27 saves while Jackson Teichroeb made 31 for Niagara.
Scouting the Purple Eagles
Niagara is in 11th place in the AHC with a 3-9-2 record, 3-13-2 overall, the Purple Eagles opened the season with nine straight losses, five in conference play. The streak ended on Nov. 8 at Bentley with a 3-2 overtime win. The Purple Eagles then swept a home series with Army, winning 3-1 and 6-1, Nov. 21-22. However, since then, Niagara is winless in the last six games (0-4-2). Last weekend, Sacred Heart took three points, 5-2 and 2-2 overtime tie, in Milford, Conn. Niagara has scored just nine goals, while allowing 18, in the last six games. Junior Hugo Turcotte is tied for the team lead with five goals and leads the team with nine points. Freshman Robert Angiolella also has five points. Sophomores Jackson Teichroeb and Adrian Ignagni have split time in the crease with Teichroeb seeing the most action. Teichroeb, who started all three playoff games for the Purple Eagles last season, has a .906 saves percentage and a 2.97 GAA. He has a 3-7-2 record.