Air Force hosts Army in AHA Quarterfinal series

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    March 9, 2010

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    The Playoffs Air Force (14-14-6, 14-8-6 AHA) hosts Army (11-16-7, 10-12-6 AHA) in the AHA Quarterfinals, March 12-14. Air Force is the No. 3 seed in the tournament while Army is No. 6. The best of three series will be played on Friday-Saturday, March 12-13 at 7:05 p.m. A deciding third game will be played Sunday, March 14, at 7:05 p.m., if necessary

    Radio/Internet/Television All games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at GoAirForceFalcons.com. Pregame show is at 6:35 p.m. MST each night with the faceoff at 7:05 p.m. MST. Both games will be video streamed with audio by the B2 Network on a subscription basis. For more information,please go to AtlanticHockeyOnline.com

    Recently Air Force swept second-seeded Sacred Heart, 6-3 and 8-1, Feb. 26-27, at Cadet Ice Arena. Army took three points from 10th-place AIC, winning 8-6 on the road and tying 2-2 at home, Feb. 26-27. Both teams were off last week

    The Playoff Picture No. 7 seed Holy Cross beat No. 10 seed AIC, 4-2, and No. 9 seed UConn beat No. 8 . eed Bentley, 2-1, in the AHA first-round games, March 6-7. RIT won the regular-season title and will host UConn, this weekend. Sacred Heart is the No. 2 seed and will host Holy Cross. No. 3 Air Force hosts No. 6 Army while No. 4 Mercyhurst hosts No. 5 Canisius. The winners of the best of three quarterfinal series advance to the AHA Final Four in Rochester, N.Y., March 19-20. The AHA Final Four is single elimination and the winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament

    AFA in the AHA Playoffs Air Force joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-07 season and has won three straight tournament championships. The Falcons also won the 2008-09 regular season title AFA is 11-1 all-time in the AHA playoffs. The only loss came last season, a 4-1 loss to Sacred Heart in game two of the quarterfinals. AFA won the series the next night

    Earlier this Season vs. Army Army took three points in a two-game series at West Point, Jan. 29-30, with a 4-2 win and a 3-3 tie. In the first game, Army scored a short-handed goal and a power-play goal to take a 2-0 lead into the third period. Goals by Eric Artman and Jacques Lamoureux tied the game at 2-2 midway through. Army's Drew Pierson scored the game-winner with 4:58 remaining and the Black Knights added an empty-net goal to seal the win. In game two, goals by Blake Page and Derrick Burnett in the first period gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Army tied the game with a goal in the second and a goal in the third. Matt Fairchild's goal with 2:35 left gave the Falcons a 3-2 lead. Army pulled its goaltender and Eric Sefchik tied the game with 11 seconds left and neither team scored in overtime

    Scouting the Black Knights Army is 11-16-7 overall and 10-12-6 in the AHA. The Black Knights took three of four points, Feb. 26-27, from AIC. Beginning with the AFA series in January, Army is 3-4-3 in the last 10. Army is 4-11-4 on the road this season with road wins at AIC, Holy Cross, Bentley and an impressive 2-1 road win at Rensselaer. Junior goalie Jay Clark has a .902 saves percentage and a 2.93 GAA. He stopped 67of 72 AFA shots to earn three points in the series. Junior Cody Omiluski and senior Eric Sefchik are tied for the team lead with 34 points. Omilusik has 18 goals. Army is fifth in the league in scoring offense (2.82) and defense (3.15). Army's power play is sixth in the league at 16.8 percent while the penalty kill is fourth in the league at 82.8

    Series with Army AFA and Army have played 49 times entering this weekend and the Falcons hold a 27-19-3 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1976 in West Point and Army won, 3-0. Air Force earned its first ever win over Army the next night, 9-2. As Atlantic Hockey rivals since the 2006-07 season, the teams have played nine times and the series is dead even at 4-4-1. The team have met once in the AHA playoffs, Air Force's 6-1 win in the 2007 AHA Championship Game. The teams last met in Colorado in 2009 and Air Force swept the series by scores of 5-1 and 3-2. Home ice has been paramount in this series. In the last six games at Air Force, AFA is 5-1 vs. Army. However, Air Force is winless in the last six games in West Point (0-5-1) Just four of the 49 games have gone into overtime (ties in 1990, 1997 and 2010 and the Army win in 2005). 15 games have been decided by one goal and seven by two goals. In games when there were four or more combined goals, AFA is 23-11-3. In games when less than four combined goals are scored, Air Force is 4-8.

     

     

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