Falcons travel to RIT
Jan. 8, 2018

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The Last Meeting
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November 18, 2017
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Falcons fall to RIT, 3-2
Ryan Kruper’s power-play late in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and led RIT to a 3-2 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena.

This Week
Air Force (9-10-3, 4-8-2 AHC) travels to Rochester, N.Y., for a two-game series with the RIT Tigers (8-8-2, 7-4-1 AHC), Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13. Faceoff is at 7:05 pm ET each night.

Live Stream
Every home game and every Atlantic Hockey game will be streamed on AtlanticHockey.tv or a subscription fee.

Radio/Internet
Both games will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300 in Colorado Springs and will be available online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. The game is also available on TuneIn. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff.

Trending
Evan Giesler (6-8-14) and Jordan Himley (6-8-14) are tied for the team lead with 14 points each ... Erik Baskin leads the team with nine goals, including his first career hat trick in the win over Colorado College, Dec. 29 ... Since returning from injury, Tyler Ledford has a point in four of his six games ... Ledford had a career best five points (1-4-5) in the win over Colorado College ... The senior class tallied 13 of the team's 15 points (including all six goals) in the win over Colorado College ... Three freshmen defenseman had a hand in four of Air Force's five goals in the win over Mercyhurst, Jan. 6 ... Air Force killed all five Mercyhurst power plays in the series ... Billy Christopoulos stopped 46 of 48 shots (.967) he faced in the Laker series ... Phil Boje is second in the nation with 53 blocked shots ... Brady Tomlak leads the team and ranks 12th in the nation with a 58.4 faceoff percentage (250 or more draws).

Scouting the Tigers
RIT is 8-8-2 overall and 7-4-1 in Atlantic Hockey. The Tigers were held to one point in a series with Niagara last weekend. Two weeks ago, RIT split with No. 11 Providence, winning game one, 4-0. Senior Miles Powell leads the team with 20 points (7-13-20). Junior Erik Brown leads the Tigers, and is fourth in the league, with 12 goals. Freshman goalie Logan Drackett has seen the most action in goal and has a 3.48 GAA and a .876 saves percentage.

Series vs. RIT
Air Force leads the all-time series vs. RIT, 28-21-4. The teams met earlier this season and split a two-game series at the Academy in November (recaps below). The teams played four times last season and Air Force won all four. Six of the last seven games have been decided by one goal and the other was decided by two goals, but included a late empty-netter. Forty-two of the 53 games (79 percent) have been decided by two goals or less with 15 games going into overtime.
Both Air Force and RIT joined Atlantic Hockey in 2006 and, since then, the teams have played 44 times. Air Force has won 24, RIT has won 17 and three have ended in a tie.
In games played at RIT, Air Force is 6-12-1 against the Tigers. At the Polisseni Center, Air Force is 2-2 vs. RIT.
The teams have met six times in the playoffs, and each team has won three. RIT ended Air Force's season in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Prior to that, Air Force had beaten RIT three times in the playoffs, the 2008 semifinals and the 2011 and 2012 championship games. RIT and Air Force have combined to win nine of the last 11 tournament titles. Air Force won it in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017. RIT won it in 2010, 2015 and 2016. Canisius won it 2013 while Robert Morris won it in 2014.
 

 

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