Air Force (17-13-4, 12-11-3 AHC) travels to Pittsburgh for a two-game Atlantic Hockey series at Robert Morris (13-17-2, 12-12-2 AHC), Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at the 84 Lumber Arena. Faceoff is at 7:05 pm ET each night.
Robert Morris is tied for sixth place in Atlantic Hockey with 26 points. Air Force is tied for fourth place in the league with 27 points.
The Playoff Picture
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Atlantic Hockey race is tighter than any other league in the country. A mere 10 points separates first place from last place.
Air Force is currently tied for fourth, but could finish anywhere from second to ninth.
The top five teams get a bye in the first round of the playoffs while Nos. 6-8 will host Nos. 9-11 in a best-of-three series.
The top four seeds get home ice in the quarterfinals. The fifth seed will travel to the fourth seed in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal series will be a best of three.
The four winners of the quarterfinals advance to the Atlantic Hockey Final Four at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., March 16-17.
Every home game and every Atlantic Hockey game will be streamed on AtlanticHockey.tv or a subscription fee.
Both games will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300 in Colorado Springs and will be available online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. The game is also available on TuneIn. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff.
Air Force swept first-place Canisius last weekend at Cadet Ice Arena and has won three of the last four ... It was the third conference sweep by the Falcons in the last six weeks, and the first at home ... Air Force is 6-2-1 in the last nine games ... Erik Baskin leads the team in scoring with 23 points (13-10-23) ... Baskin has scored 10 or more goals each of his four seasons ... Baskin and Matt Serratore are tied for the team lead with 13 goals ...
The Falcons have five power-play goals in the last four games ... In each of Air Force’s last three wins, the Falcons have come from behind to earn two points ... The injury bug has bitten the Falcons hard this season as 17 players have combined to miss 165 games due to injury.
Big Swing in 18 Days
On Feb. 1, Air Force was in ninth place with 18 points heading into the AIC series. Since then, the Falcons have posted a 4-2-1 record and have jumped into a tie for fourth place. The Falcons were in eighth place heading into the Bentley series, Feb. 9-10, and seventh heading into the Canisius series, Feb. 16-17.
Scouting the Colonels
RMU is tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey with 26 points. RMU has lost four straight after getting swept by Mercyhurst last week, 2-1 and 3-2 in overtime. Prior to the current losing streak, RMU was 8-2-1 in the previous 11 games. Brady Ferguson leads the team, and is second in the league in scoring, with 38 points (13-25-38). Sophomore goalie Francis Marrotte has a 2.56 GAA and a .911 saves percentage.
Series vs. Robert Morris
Air Force and Robert Morris have played 33 times and Air Force holds a slim 16-15-2. The teams split a two-game regular-season series last season in Pittsburgh, with a 6-2 win and a 2-1 loss. Air Force and Robert Morris met in the AHC Championship game in Rochester, and the Falcons earned a hard-fought 2-1 win. It was the first time the two teams have met in the AHC Tournament. Since 2013, RMU has a 7-4-2 advantage in the last 13 games. Air Force is 6-6-2 vs. RMU in games played at the 84 Lumber Arena in Neville Township, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh. Seven of the 33 games have gone to overtime and RMU has a 3-2-2 lead in those games. Four of the last 11 games in the series have gone to overtime.