Feb. 7, 2017
The Last Meeting
January 9, 2016
Falcons sweep AIC with 5-1 win
The Air Force Falcons picked up their first season sweep with a 5-1 victory over American International College in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force improved to 9-9-2 overall and 7-5-2 in the AHC. AIC fell to 5-16-1 overall and 5-11-1 in the league.
Air Force (18-8-4, 15-5-2 AHC) hosts AIC (7-17-6, 6-13-5 AHC), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, at the Cadet Ice Arena. Friday's game will start at 6:35 pm and will be televised nationally by the American Sports Network. Saturday's game will start at 5:05 pm.
Where to Watch
Friday's game will be tape delayed on Altitude Sports in the Colorado Springs/Denver on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 pm. The game will be televised live nationally. For a complete list of where to watch the game throughout the United State, CLICK HERE
The National Rankings
Air Force is back in the national rankings, standing at 20th in the USCHO.com poll. It is the second time the Falcons have been ranked this season. The Falcons were No. 18 on Oct. 10 after winning the Ice Breaker Tournament. After a loss at Arizona State, Oct. 16, the Falcons fell out of the Top 20, but have been receiving votes all season. Air force is 17th in the PairWise rankings and receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Both games will be streamed on AtlanticHockey.tv for a subscription fee.
Both games will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300. Both games are available online at GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day.
* Air Force's 18 wins are tied as the second most in the nation (Union has 19)
* The .667 winning percentage is the ninth best in the nation.
* Air Force's 11 road wins are tied as the most in the nation with Union and UMass.-Lowell.
* Air Force's four-game winning streak is the third longest in the nation (Providence 7, Harvard 5).
* Air Force is second place in Atlantic Hockey with 32 points, one point behind Canisius and six points ahead of third place Robert Morris.
* Air Force and AIC will play for the first time this season and the first time since Jan. 8-9, 2016. Air Force has won nine straight in the series.
* Air Force ranks first in the AHC and sixth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage at 54.3 percent.
* Air Force is 16-1-2 when scoring three or more goals in a game.
* In the last seven games, Air Force is 5-1-1 and has allowed just 11 goals (1.57 per game), and has out-scored its opponents, 26-11.
Junior Kyle Haak scored three goals in the Bentley series ... He tied his career best with two in the first game ... He scored the game-winner both nights and is tied for the team lead with three GWG this season ... He leads the team with 24 points and is second on the team with 10 goals ... Junior Jordan Himley scored on Saturday against Bentley and leads the team with 15 goals this season, ranking fourth in the conference in goals scored ... Phil Boje had two points in the Bentley series and ranks second in the conference in points by a defenseman with 21 (5-16-21) ... Boje also leads the team, and ranks third in the league and 16th in the nation, with 59 blocked shots ... Dylan Abood is eighth in the league with 50 blocked shots.
AIC is 7-17-6 overall and in 10th place in Atlantic Hockey with a 6-13-5 record. After sweeping Niagara, Jan. 20-21, AIC has lost four straight to Canisius and Holy Cross. The Yellow Jackets also have league wins over RIT, Holy Cross and Mercyhurst. The team's top four scorers are all freshmen, led by Blake Christensen who has 20 points. Freshman Dominik Florian leads the team with 10 goals. Freshman Zackarias Skog and junior Alex Murray have split time in goal. Skog has a 4-9-4 record with a 3.04 GAA and a .905 saves percentage. Murray has a record of 3-8-2 and has a 3.58 GAA and a .883 saves percentage.
Series vs. AIC
Air Force and AIC have met 36 times and the Falcons hold a 31-3-2 lead in the series that began in 1980. As AHC rivals, the teams have played 28 times and Air Force leads the series, 23-3-2. In games at Air Force, the Falcons hold a 16-2-2 lead in the series. Air Force has won nine straight dating back to Jan. 3, 2014, including a pair of wins last season at Cadet Ice Arena by scores of 8-2 and 5-1.