Jan. 22, 2013
This Week Air Force (9-9-5, 7-5-3 AHA), hosts Robert Morris (12-7-2, 7-6-1 AHA) in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series, Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26, at 7:05 p.m. MT each night at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force is tied for fourth place in the AHA with 17 points while Robert Morris is tied for seventh place with 15 points.
Scouting the Colonials Robert Morris is 12-7-2 overall this season and 7-6-1 and tied for seventh place in the AHA with 13 points. Last weekend, RMU split a two-game series at American International. AIC won the first game, 4-1. RMU won game two, 5-4. The Colonials were on a seven-game unbeaten streak in November and December. During the streak, RMU won at Ohio State and beat No. 5 Miami, 1-0. The Colonials are 3-3 since then after splitting at Army, at home against UConn and at AIC. RMU is 8-4-1 on the road this season. A pair of seniors lead the team in scoring as Adam Brace has 21 points (9-12-21) and Zach Hervato has 16 (7-9-16). Sophomore forward Cody Wydo leads the team with 10 goals. Senior goalie Eric Levine has been sensational in goal for the Colonials with a .940 saves percentage and a 2.31 GAA. He ranks seventh in the nation in saves percentage.
Earlier this Season vs. the Colonials Air Force beat Robert Morris, 4-1, on Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Scott Holm gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal late in the first period. Alex Halloran scored on the power play early in the second period for a 2-0 lead. RMU's David Friedman scored with six minutes remaining in the third to make the score 2-1. Jason Fabian then scored two empty-net goals in the final minute to make the final 4-1. AFA outshot RMU, 30-23, in the game. Jason Torf made 22 saves for AFA while Eric Levine made 26 for RMU. AFA was 2-for-4 on the power play and killed all four of RMU's man-advantages
Tight Race Niagara has 27 points to lead Atlantic Hockey and the Purple Eagles have a nine-point lead. However, after Niagara, the race is air-tight. There are eight teams within three points of each other. Mercyhurst and Holy Cross have 18 points and are tied for second. Air Force, Bentley and Army are tied for fourth with 17 points. Canisius is seventh with 16 points while Robert Morris and RIT are tied for eighth with 15 points.
Home Cookin' After playing 16 of the first 23 games on the road, Air Force will spend some time at home in the second half of the season. Air Force plays the next four games at home as the Falcons host Robert Morris, Jan. 25-26, and then AIC, Feb. 1-2. Air Force plays eight of the final 12 regular-season games at home with the only road trips at Mercyhurst (Feb. 8-9) and at RIT (Feb. 22-23).
All Hands on Deck In the Sacred Heart series, nine different Falcons scored Air Force's 11 goals. Fourteen different Falcons recorded at least one point in the series. On the season, Air Force doesn't have one player who has more than 20 points. However, three Falcons have 20, one has 19 and nine different Falcons have 11 or more.
Series vs.the Colonials Air Force and Robert Morris have met 17 times and AFA holds a 9-8 lead in the series that began in 2004. The teams played nine times as members of the College Hockey America conference and the Colonials had a 6-3 lead in the series. The teams met as non-conference opponents in November, 2006, and the Falcons won a 4-3 game at the Academy. The teams renewed the rivalry as Atlantic Hockey opponents for the 2010-11 season. As AHA opponents, AFA has a 5-2 lead in the series. RMU had won six straight games from 2005-2006. AFA has won six of the last eight games in the series. In games played in Colorado, AFA has won four straight and five of eight.
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
Early in the season, Air Force struggled getting shots on goal, having more than 30 shots in a game just once in the first seven games.
However, in the last six games, AFA has fired 34 or more shots on goal in each contest.
In the last six games, AFA has averaged 39.7 shots on goal.
Air Force's 45 shots on Jan. 12 vs. Army in the 3-3 overtime tie were a season high.
AFA has had 40 or more shots in three straight games with 44 in the first game vs. Sacred Heart and 42 in the second game.
The 86 combined shots in the SHU series are the most this season.