Falcons travel to league-leading RIT, Feb. 4-5

    Adam McKenzie
    Adam McKenzie

    Feb. 1, 2011

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    This Week Air Force (11-9-5, 9-5-5 AHA) travels to Rochester, N.Y., for a two-game series with the RIT Tigers (13-8-6, 12-3-5), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at 7:05 p.m. ET each night. The Falcons are in fourth place in the AHA with 23 points while RIT is in first place with 29. Air Force is two games above .500 for the first time this season

    Radio/Internet The 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. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will be the color analyst. Both games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college. Live stats will be available for all home games at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com and clicking Gametracker.

    Scouting the RIT Tigers RIT is in first place in the AHA  with a 12-3-5 league record and a 13-8-6 overall mark. The Tigers are 3-0-3 in their last six games. RIT has only two losses since Thanksgiving (9-2-4) Last week, Mercyhurst came from behind for a 3-3 overtime tie with RIT in Rochester. RIT is 6-0-3 at home in league play and 6-1-4 overall at home this season with the only home loss coming to 12th-ranked Merrimack. The team's three AHA losses have all been on the road (at Air Force, at Niagara and at AIC). Senior Andrew Favot leads the team with 22 assists and 33 points (fourth in the AHA). Junior Tyler Brenner leads the team and is third in the league with 20 goals. Sophomore Shane Madolora is 11-0-5 this season with a .936 saves percentage and a 1.97 GAA.

    Series with RIT AFA and RIT have played 27 times and Air Force holds a 13-12-2 lead in the series that began in 1990. Since the two teams joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-07 season, AFA holds a 9-8-1 advantage. Since the 2006-07 season, the teams have played eight games at RIT and the Tigers hold a 2-6-0. AFA holds a 6-2-1 advantage in games played in Colorado. The teams met once on neutral ice at the AHA Final Four in Rochester and AFA won 5-0 in 2008. Beginning in fall of 2006, 11 of the 18 games have been decided by one goal and three by two goals. Six of the 18 games have gone into overtime and AFA is 2-3-1 in those games.

    Lamoureux Streaking-AHA Player of Week, Jan. 31 Senior Jacques Lamoureux has been on a tear. He has scored at least one point in nine of the last 11. In the last 11 games, has 17 points (10-7-17). Last week against Canisius, he had four goals and one assist to help lead Air Force to three points against Canisius He had two goals in each game, including the game-winner, in the 3-2 win on Saturday. For his efforts in the Canisius, Lamoureux earned his second AHA Player of the Week honor this season, and the sixth of his career, Jan. 31. Lamoureux's eight power-play goals are fifth in the nation.

    Lamoureux and the AFA Record Book Jacques Lamoureux broke the Air Force career record for power play goals last weekend by scoring three in two games against Canisius. Lamoureux's 36 career power play goals broke the previous mark of 34 set by John Decker (1992-95). Lamoureux led the nation with 15 power play goals as a sophomore and was third in the nation with13 last season Last Saturday, Lamoureux's game-winner extended his own school career record to 16. Lamoureux's 68 career goals are tied as the 12th most in school history. His 123 points are tied for 25th. Lamoureux has set both record in less than three full seasons. He sat out his freshman year after transferring from Northern Michigan.

     

     

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