No. 20 Air Force travels to Bentley, Feb. 13-14
Feb. 10, 2009
This Week No. 20 Air Force (19-7-2, 16-4-2 AHA) travels to Waltham, Mass., for a two-game AHA series with the Bentley Falcons (15-12-1, 13-8-1 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14, at 7:05 p.m. ET each night at the John A Ryan Center.
Radio/Internet Both games will be broadcast live in Colorado Springs on KCSF AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com by clicking on this link http://goairforcefalcons.cstv.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/m-hockey-live-audio.html. The pregame show begins 20 minutes prior to faceoff. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide the analysis. Both games will also be video streamed live with audio by the B2 Network on a subscription basis. For more information, please go to the Atlantic Hockey Association web-site at AtlanticHockeyOnline.com. No television.
Last Week Air Force swept UConn in a two-game series at the Academy, 3-2 and 4-1 Bentley swept Holy Cross, winning 4-1 at home and 4-1 at Holy Cross
Rankings Air Force is ranked 20th in this week's USCHO/CBS College Sports poll. The Falcons are 19th in the INCH power rankings, 18th in the PairWise and among the others receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll. The Falcons peaked at No. 10 on Dec. 1 in both polls. Bentley is not ranked.
The Coaches Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his 12th season as the head coach of Air Force. He has led the Falcons to back-to-back conference championships and NCAA berths. Serratore is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey with a record of 189-208-32 and a career mark of 238-300-41 in his 16th year. Ryan Soderquist (Bentley, 2000) is in his seventh season with a 81-130-23 school and overall record.
Scouting the Opponents Bentley (Waltham, Mass.) is one of the hottest teams in the nation, having won seven of their last eight games. The Falcons' five-game winning streak is the second-longest in the nation (Boston University, 7). Included in that stretch was a 3-1 win at Maine. The only loss was a 6-5 overtime defeat on the road at Sacred Heart. Last weekend, Bentley swept Holy Cross, by identical 4-1 scores at both sites. Prior to losing twice to Bentley, Holy Cross had a nine-game unbeaten streak. In the five game winning streak, Bentley has outscored its opponents, 22-6. Junior Dain Prewitt (Westminster, Colo.) leads the team with 13 goals and 30 points. His linemate, Jeff Gumaer, also has 13 goals and 25 points. Goaltenders freshman Kyle Rank and Joe Calvi have split time in the nets. Ranks' numbers are slightly better with a .914 saves percentage and a 2.59 GAA compared to Calvi's .900 and 3.05.
Series Records Bentley and Air Force have played 21 times and Air Force holds a 14-5-2 lead in the series that began in 1998. Air Force is 2-2 in the last four games played at Bentley. AFA has won five straight in the series and has a seven-game unbeaten streak against Bentley. Bentley's last win in the series was a 4-0 win in Massachusetts, Oct. 26, 2007. As AHA foes, AFA has an 8-3-1 lead in the series. AFA swept the series earlier this season at the Academy, 5-1 and 8-2.
Earlier This Season vs. Bentley With Air Force ranked 17th in the nation, the Falcons swept Bentley, 5-1 and 8-2, at Cadet Ice Arena. In the first game, five different Falcons (Weisgarber, Lamoureux, Burnett, Kozlak and Page) scored. AFA scored two in the first, two in the second and one early in third for a 5-0 lead. Volkening made 22 saves while Kyle Rank 27 for Bentley. The second night was similar as Burnett, Lamoureux, Phillipich and Weisgarber scored for a 4-0 lead in the second period. After a Bentley goal, Frider and Lamoureux scored for a 6-1 lead after two. Lamoureux sealed the hat trick with a goal late in the third. Volkening had 29 saves while Joe Calvi 31 for Bentley.
The AHA Race; Home Ice on Horizon Air Force needs one point to secure home ice in the first round of the AHA playoffs. Air Force has 34 points, 12 points ahead of fifth-place Canisius with12 points remaining on the schedule. With one point, the Falcons would secure a best-of-three series at Cadet Ice Arena, March 13-15.
Crunch Time From Dec. 6-Jan. 17, Air Force was 1-5-1 through a stretch of seven games. Every game was decided by one goal or less (not including empty-net goals) as the Falcons struggled to win close games. However, Air Force is vastly improved in close games recently. Beginning with the 3-2 win over Army on Jan. 24, the Falcons have played in five straight games that have all been decided by one goal or less (not including empty-net goals). In those five games, Air Force is 3-1-1.
Falcons One of Only Four Air Force is one of only five Division I hockey programs to be currently averaging a sellout. The Cadet Ice Arena seats 2,502 and the season average over the 15 games. is 2,567. The other four schools averaging a sellout are North Dakota, Minnesota, New Hampshire and St. Cloud State. Air Force is averaging 102.6 percent of its capacity, second only to St. Cloud State's 103.8 percent. More information on this season's attendance is on page 5.
Number 21 gets number 21 ... and 22 ... and 23
Number 21 Jacques Lamoureux scored goals 21, 22 and 23 on the season vs. UConn, Feb. 7 as he netted his second hat trick of the season. His 23 goals are the most in the nation this season and the most at Air Force since Eric Ehn had 24 in 2006-07. Andrew Ramsey also had 23 that same season. Lamoureux's 23 goals tie as the third most in 24 years. Justin Kieffer also had 24 in 1997-98. In the last 13 years, the Falcons have had a 20-goal scorer seven times. The school record for goals in a season was set by Chuck Delich with 44 in 1975-76. Since 1980, just two players have had 25 or more goals. Mark Manney had 27 in 1981-82 and Frank Daldine had 28 in 1984-85.