Falcons travel to RIT for key AHA series
Feb. 20, 2013
This Week Air Force (14-10-7, 12-6-5 AHA) travels to Rochester, N.Y., for a two-game series against the RIT Tigers (12-13-5, 10-9-4 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23. Faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. ET each night at Ritter Arena. Air Force is in second place in the league with 29 points while RIT is tied for fourth with 24.
Two Hot Teams Meet in Key Series Two of the hottest teams in the AHA meet this weekend when Air Force travels to RIT. In the last 10 games, Air Force is 7-1-2 while RIT is 6-3-1. Both teams are in contention for one of the four first-round byes as Air Force is second in the AHA and RIT is tied for fourth. Air Force's four-game unbeaten streak is tied for the seventh-best in the country. RIT's three-game winning streak is tied as the third-longest in the nation.
Scouting the Tigers RIT is tied for fourth place in the league with 24 points. The Tigers are 12-13-5 overall and 10-9-4 in the AHA. RIT is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games, including a current three-game winning streak. Last weekend, RIT swept a two-game series on the road at Mercyhurst by scores of 3-2 in overtime and 5-3. The Tigers got off to a slow start this season, but after an overtime loss to Air Force, Dec. 2, the Tigers are 10-5-2. Senior defenseman Chris Saracino leads the team with 19 assists and 27 points. Senior forward Jeff Smith leads the team with 12 goals. Jordan Ruby and Josh Watson have split time in goal this season. However, Ruby has started the last six games. The sophomore has a 3.35 GAA and a .905 saves percentage.
Earlier This Season vs. Tigers Air Force and RIT played at the Academy on Dec. 2 and the Falcons won 3-2 in overtime. RIT's Brad Reid scored a short-handed goal in the second period to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Scott Holm and Tony Thomas scored for the Falcons to tie the game in the second period. Sixty-one seconds into overtime, Stephen Carew scored the game-winner. Air Force had 27 shots while RIT had 24. Jason Torf made 22 saves while Josh Watson made 24 for RIT.
Series vs. the Tigers
Air Force leads the all-time series vs. RIT, 18-14-3. In the regular season, AFA has a 15-14-2 lead. The Falcons have a 3-0 record vs. RIT in the playoffs.
More than one-third of the games (12 of the 34) have gone into overtime. Of those 12 games, AFA has won five, RIT has won four and three have ended in a tie.
27 of the 35 games have been decided by two goals or less
The teams met earlier this season and the Falcons won, 3-2 in overtime, at the Academy.
AFA has won four straight in the series.
Air Force and RIT have met 12 times at Ritter Arena and the Tigers hold a 9-3-1 lead in the series.
Air Force is winless in the last five games at Ritter Arena (0-4-1).
Three of those five games went into overtime and AFA was 0-2-1 in those games.
The last Air Force win at Ritter was a 3-1 victory in the final regular season game of 2009 when the Falcons won 3-1 to claim the No. 1 seed in the AHA Tournament.
As AHA rivals, AFA leads the series. 14-10-2, since the 2006-07 season.