Falcons travel to Robert Morris
This Week: Air Force (5-14-1, 3-7 College Hockey America) travels to Pittsburgh for a two-game CHA series with Robert Morris University (5-15-2 overall and 2-7-1 CHA), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4. The faceoff is at 7:35 p.m. EST each night.
Radio/Television/Internet: No television or AFA radio.
On the Road Again: Air Force will play its next five games, and seven of the final 11, on the road. The Falcons play four straight at home against Alabama-Huntsville (Feb. 17-18) and Robert Morris (Feb. 24-25).
The CHA Race: Alabama-Huntsville and Bemidji State are tied for first place in the CHA with 17 points and an 8-3-1 record. Air Force is in fifth with six points while Robert Morris is sixth with five points. AFA was picked to finish sixth with RMU fifth.
Scouting the Opponent: Robert Morris (Pittsburgh, Penn.) is 5-15-2 overall and 2-7-1 and in last place in the CHA. In its second season of Division I hockey, the Colonials are winless in their last four (0-3-1) and have just one win in the last 13 games (1-11-1) dating back to mid-November. RMU is coached by former Air Force assistant Derek Schooley. The Colonials did not play this past weekend, but they host Princeton, Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Coach: Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his ninth season at Air Force and his 13th as a collegiate head coach. He has a 124-165-19 record at AFA and an overall mark of 173-256-28. Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley is in his second season and has a school and overall record of 13-36-6.
Going to School: When Air Force faces Robert Morris, Feb. 3-4, the Falcons will see a familiar face on the opposing bench. RMU head coach Derek Schooley spent five seasons at Air Force under Frank Serratore. He was an assistant coach for four years (1998-02) and was promoted to associate head coach in 2002-03. Schooley also played junior hockey for Serratore with the Omaha Lancers.
On a Tear: Sophomore center Eric Ehn has emerged as one of the premier offensive players in the CHA. He is currently fourth in the CHA in goals (10) and is seventh in points (23). Ehn earned CHA Offensive Player of the Week honors, Dec. 3, as he scored four goals and had seven points in the Wayne State series. Both his goals and points are career bests in the series. In his last 11 games, Ehn has six goals and 16 points. He had two points (1-1-2) in the first game against RIT, but was held scoreless in the second game, breaking a four-game scoring streak. Despite not scoring a goal in seven games, he had three assists at UAH, two vs. Niagara and two vs. Bemidji State.
Series Record: Air Force leads the series against Robert Morris, 3-1. RMU's first season of Division I hockey was 2004-05. Two of the four games went into overtime while AFA won the other two games by a combined score of 9-2. AFA swept the first series ever between the two teams in Pittsburgh by scores of 5-0 and 2-1 in overtime. The teams split the series later in the season at the Academy. AFA won the first game 4-2, while the Colonials won the second game, 2-1 in overtime.
Last Meeting: Air Force and Robert Morris last played at the Cadet Ice Arena, Feb. 4-5, 2005. The teams split the two-game CHA series. AFA won the first game, 4-2, as the Falcons out-shot the Colonials, 49-25. Brooks Turnquist and Brian Gineo scored in a span of two minutes in the first period for a 2-0 lead. RMU scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second period to tie the score. Matt Bader scored with seven minutes left in the second period for a 3-2 lead. The Falcons added a power-play goal in the third period. In the second game, RMU held a 1-0 lead until there was 67 seconds left in the third period. Josh Print scored after the Falcons pulled the goalie to tie the game at 1-1. Sean Berkstresser scored the game-winner at 2:53 of the overtime period. RMU goalie Christian Boucher made 76 saves in the series while AFA's Peter Foster made 45.
On Deck: Air Force is at Niagara, Feb. 10-11.
Recently: Air Force was swept at Bemidji State by scores of 5-2 and 5-3, Jan. 20-21, in Bemidji, Minn.