Falcons travel to Alabama-Huntsville
This Week: Air Force (12-12-2, 4-8-0) travels to the "Hockey Capital of the South", Huntsville, Alabama, for a two-game College Hockey America series. The Falcons and Chargers play Friday, Feb. 11, at 8:05 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12 at 4:05 p.m. CST at the Von Braun Center.
Radio/Internet/Television: Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 (KKML) and also at www.AirForceSports.com. For more information on radio broadcasts, please see page two of this release. No television.
The Coaches: Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his eighth season with the Falcons. Serratore has a 117-146-17 record at AFA and a 166-237-26 record in his 12th year. Alabama-Huntsville coach Doug Ross (Bowling Green, 1976) is in his 26th season at UAH. He has a school record of 416-232-36 and an overall mark of 472-267-38.
The Rankings: Alabama-Huntsville received four votes in the USCHO/CSTV poll which puts then 21st in the nation. Air Force is unranked. The Falcons have played five of the top 21 teams in the nation as Colorado College is currently No. 2, Denver is No. 3, Colgate is No. 12, Bemidji State is No. 19 (seven votes) and UAH.
Scouting the Opponents: Alabama-Huntsville is in second place in the CHA with 9-2-1 record, just three points behind league-leading Bemidji State. UAH is sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 3.59 goals per game. The Chargers have won three straight, including a sweep at Niagara last week by identical 4-2 scores. UAH is 5-1-2 in its last eight games. The team is 6-3-1 at the Von Braun Center. The Chargers feature two of the top five scorers in the nation. Junior Bruce Mulherin is second in the nation with 1.64 points per game while Jared Ross is fifth with 1.60 points per game. Mulherin's 22 goals are fourth in the nation while Ross' 18 are eighth. Scott Munroe has played 93 percent of the team's minutes in the net. He has a 2.45 goals-against average and a 923 saves percentage.
Series Notes: UAH leads the overall series, 33-12-2. The Falcons have won just one of the last 10 meetings, a 3-1 win at Cadet Ice Arena last season. Earlier this season, UAH beat AFA, 6-2 and 4-1, at Cadet Ice Arena. The Falcons have not won in Huntsville since 1989. UAH has won 13 straight and has a 15-game unbeaten streak in Huntsville. AFA's last win in Huntsville was a 4-2 victory in 1989. UAH has an 18-2-1 record vs. Air Force in Huntsville. Overall since 1990, AFA has beaten UAH just four times (4-25-2). Two of AFA's wins came in a sweep at Cadet Ice Arena in 2002 as the Falcons won 6-3 and 6-5. Frank Serratore is 0-13 at Alabama-Huntsville.
Serratore Ties Division I Wins Record: In his eighth season at the Academy, Frank Serratore has matched the number of Division I wins as in the previous 29 years of Air Force hockey. Prior to Serratore coming to the Academy in 1997, the Falcons had won 86 Division I games in 29 seasons. The victory over Robert Morris on Friday, Feb. 4, was Serratore's 86th Division I win in less than eight full seasons. Chuck Delich won 49 Division I games in 11 years, John Matchefts won 17 in 11 years while Vic Heyliger won 20 in six years. Serratore also needs two more wins for 14 Division I wins this season which would tie the school record he has set in 2000, 2002 and 2004.