Falcons off until hosting quarterfinals, March 15-17
Ben Persian

March 6, 2013

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This Week Air Force (17-11-7, 15-7-5 AHA) clinched second place in the AHA and will be the No. 2 seed in the AHA Tournament. Air Force clinched one of the four first-round byes and will host an AHA quarterfinal series on March 15-17, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force will host the No. 7 seed (the second-lowest remaining seed) after this weekend's first-round series.

Get Your Playoff Tickets Playoff tickets are currently on sale here or by calling 719-472-1895 or 1-800-666-USAF or at the main ticket office in the Falcon Athletic Center.

The Falcons in the Playoffs Air Force joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-07 season and has won two regular-season titles and five tournament titles in seven years. AFA was the No. 4 seed in 2007; No. 3 seed in 2008; No. 1 seed in 2009; No. 3 seed in 2010; No. 2 seed in 2011; and the No. 1 seed in 2012 AFA is 21-3 all-time in the AHA playoffs AFA is 11-2 all-time in the AHA quarterfinals ÂÂÂ?@

The Playoff Picture Niagara (No. 1), Air Force (No. 2), Holy Cross (No. 3) and UConn (No. 4) have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The four first-round series will be:

    No. 12 Sacred Heart at No. 5 Robert Morris

    No. 11 Army at No. 6 Mercyhurst

    No. 10 Bentley at No. No. 7 Canisius

    No. 9 AIC at No. 8 RIT

All first-round series are best of three series with all games beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET. The winners of the four first-round series will advance to the quarterfinals and the league will reseed the teams. Niagara will host the lowest remaining seed. Air Force will host the second-lowest remaining seed. The first-round and quarterfinal series will both be a best-of-three format. ÂÂÂ?@\

A Turn for the Better After a slow start, the Air Force hockey team is 14-4-4 since Dec. 2. AFA completed the month of January with a 5-1-1 record, the best mark since the Falcons went 9-2 in January in 1986-87. The Falcons were 4-2-2 in February and are 2-0 in March this season In the last four weeks, Air Force has earned 13 of the possible 16 points (three against Mercyhurst, four against Canisius, two at RIT and four vs. Niagara). Air Force is 6-1-1 in the last eight games. ÂÂÂ?@

Falcons in Rare Company Air Force is one of just five teams in the nation to rank in the top 15 in the nation in both scoring offense and scoring defense. Air Force ranks eighth in the nation in scoring offense (3.26) and 15th in the nation in scoring defense (2.40). Minnesota, Minnesota State, New Hampshire, Mass-Lowell are the other four teams in the top 15 in both categories.



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