Feb. 7, 2012
This Week Air Force (14-7-6, 12-4-5 AHA) travels to western New York for a two-game Atlantic Hockey series against the Niagara Purple Eagles (12-9-7, 11-5-5 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, at Dwyer Arena in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. ET each night. AFA is in first place in the league with 29 points while Niagara is tied for third with 27.
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 Streak After a season-long six-game winless skid in January, the Falcons have started a new streak. Starting with a tie at Army, Air Force is unbeaten in its last six games (4-0-2), the third longest streak in the nation It is the longest streak in the league and the team's longest since an eight-game winning streak late last season.
Scouting the Niagara Purple Eagles Niagara is tied for third place in the AHA with an 11-5-5 league record (12-9-7 overall). The Purple Eagles had won seven straight games, the second longest streak in the nation, before a 3-2 loss to Mercyhurst on Feb. 4 NU has outscored its opponents 30-8 in the last eight games (7-1-0) Niagara has lost just four games since Thanksgiving (Mercyhurst, twice at UConn and once at Minnesota). Junior Marc Zanette leads the team with 19 points and is second with nine goals Sophomore Scott Arnold leads the team with 10 goals and is tied for second with 17 points. Senior goaltender Chris Noonan has a 9-4-3 record with a .941 saves percentage and a 1.73 goals-against average. Noonan leads the nation in saves percentage and is second in the nation in GAA.
The Series vs. Niagara AFA and Niagara will play for the 46th and 47th times. Niagara holds a 28-14-3 lead in the series that began in 1996. The teams were both members of the College Hockey America conference from 1999-2006. Air Force has won three of the last four and five of the last eight in the series, including a 3-2 overtime win earlier this season at the Academy. AFA was 5-6 vs. Niagara as independents from 1996-99. AFA was 6-18-3 vs. Niagara as members of the CHA. AFA is 3-1 vs. Niagara as AHA rivals AFA is 6-12-2 all-time at Niagara and the Falcons have won two of the last three
Earlier this season vs. Niagara
Air Force beat Niagara, 3-2 in overtime, at the Academy, Oct. 14
Niagara scored two goals in the first four minutes in Stephen Caple's first start of the season (just the fourth of his career).
Goals by Kyle De Laurell in the first and Brad McBride (first career) in the second tied the game
De Laurell's second of the game was the game winner at 1:50 of overtime.
After allowing two goals on four shots, Caple stopped the final 19 shots he faced.
AFA outshot Niagara, 33-23. Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.
Cody Campbell made 30 saves for the Purple Eagles. Isaac Kohls and Ryan Rashid scored for Niagara.