Falcons host Robert Morris
This Week: Air Force (11-11-2, 3-7-0 CHA) hosts Robert Morris (6-14-4, 2-8-2 CHA) in a two-game College Hockey America series, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 4-5. The faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. each night at the Cadet Ice Arena.
Radio/Internet: Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 (KKML) and also at www.AirForceSports.com
Television: No television.
The Coaches: Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his eighth season with the Falcons. Serratore has a 116-145-17 record at AFA and a 165-236-26 record in his 12th year. Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley is in his first season as a collegiate head coach with a 6-14-4 school and overall record.
Old School: Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley will be making his return to the Cadet Ice Arena and his first appearance on the visiting team bench. 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.
Series Notes: AFA leads the overall series, 2-0. Air Force and Robert Morris played twice earlier in the season in Pennsylvania and the Falcons swept the two-game series. AFA won the first game, 5-0, and the second game, 2-1 in overtime. In the first game, Peter Foster made 35 saves and five different Falcons scored. In the second game, Brooks Turnquist scored the game-winner in overtime. Eric Ehn scored in the first period and RMU tied the game in the third. AFA out-shot RMU, 13-0, in the overtime period.
Scouting the Opponents: Robert Morris (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is in its first season as a hockey program. Head coach Derek Schooley started the program in 2003. The Colonials, 6-14-4 overall, are 2-8-2 and tied for fifth place in College Hockey America. RMU is playing its best hockey recently. Last week, the Colonials took three points at home from Niagara, tying 4-4 on Friday and winning, 6-0, on Saturday. In the previous two series, RMU beat Wayne State in overtime, 4-3, on the road and pushed league-leading Bemidji State to overtime on the road.
Defensive Battle: Fans of good defense and goaltending and low-scoring games will be entertained this weekend as Robert Morris visits Air Force. The series features two of the top goaltenders in the conference with Air Force's Peter Foster and RMU's Christian Boucher. Foster is second in the CHA in goals-against average and is tied for the national lead with five shutouts. Boucher is third in the CHA in saves percentage and is coming off a shutout performance of Niagara last weekend. On the offensive side, both teams have struggled to score goals. Air Force is fifth in the CHA and 48th in the nation, averaging 2.42 goals per game. RMU is sixth in the CHA and 54th in the nation with 2.17 goals per game.
Last Week: The Falcons were idle. Air Force was swept in a two-game CHA series at Niagara by scores of 3-2 and 3-0, Jan. 21-22, at Dwyer Arena in Niagara, N.Y.