Jan. 24, 2012
This Week Air Force (11-7-5, 9-4-4 AHA) travels to Buffalo,N,Y. for a two-game series Canisius (8-13-3, 8-7-2 AHA), Sunday-Monday, Jan, 29-30 at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Sunday¡¦s game starts at 4:05 ET while Monday¡¦s starts at 7:05 ET. AFA is in fourth place in the AHA with 22 points while Canisius is tied for seventh with 18.
Radio/Internet All 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 each day. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will be the color analyst. All AHA games and all home games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college.
The Coach Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 15th season at Air Force with a record of 245-246-49 record (540 games). He is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey, having led Air Force to four AHA championships and four NCAA Tournaments in the last five years. In his 19th season as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 294-338-58 (690 games).
Down to the Wire This season, Air Force has played 23 games and 18 of them were essentially one-goal games (three were two-goal final deficits including empty-netters) or ended in a tie. AFA is 7-6-5 in those games. Four of the five games that were decided by more than a goal (not including empty-netters) were Air Force wins (7-2 over Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1 over UConn and 8-3 and 7-3 over AIC). The other was a 7-1 loss to No. 15 Denver. Going back to last season, nearly 70 percent (42 of the last 60 games) of the games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie and AFA is 19-12-11 in those games. Of those 12 losses, three have come against teams ranked in the top 12 in the nation at the time of the game and nine have come on the road.
Winless Skid Ends Air Force¡¦s 4-2 win at Army last Saturday ended the team¡¦s six-game winless skid The skid is the longest since a six gamer late in the 2009-10 season The streak tied as the longest since an 11-gamer in 2002-03
Scouting the Canisius Golden Griffins Canisius is 8-13-3 overall and 8-7-2 and tied for seventh place in the AHA Canisius opened AHA play with a win over RIT and a come-from-behind tie at Air Force However, a mid season five-game winless skid and then a five-game losing streak sent Cansius to bottom third of the league. However, two wins at Army and a sweep of Sacred Heart has lifted Canisius to just four points behind fourth-place Air Force Sophomore Kyle Gibbons leads the team with eight goals and 20 points Senior Dan Morrison and sophomore Tony Copabianco have split time in the net Morrison has a 4-8-1 record with a 2.80 GAA and a .914 saves percentage. Copabianco has a 4-5-2 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .921 saves percentage
The Series vs. Canisius
AFA and Canisius will play for the 16th and 17th time and the Falcons hold a slim 6-5-5 lead
The series began when Air Force joined Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-07 season
AFA is 2-3-4 in games played at the Academy and 4-2-1 in games played in Buffalo
få The teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie at the Academy earlier this season (Oct. 29)
The teams played three times last season and AFA was 1-0-2 vs. the Griffs
The teams played once in Buffalo last season and skated to a 1-1 overtime tie
Of the 15 games, eight have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie
Four of the games have been decided by three or more goals
The last four games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie and AFA is 1-0-3 in those games.