March 19, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - After winning its fifth Atlantic Hockey Association title in the last six years, Air Force claimed all three AHA Travel Team USA weekly honors.
Senior Paul Weisgarber was named the AHA Travel Team USA Player of the Week. Weisgarber was named to the all-tournament team for the first time in his career as he scored four points in the two games. Weisgarber scored two goals in the 5-2 win over Mercyhurst in the semifinals. His first goal gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead, a lead the Falcons never relinquished. His empty-netter with 50 seconds remaining sealed the win. The senior had two assists in the championship game. The Fargo, N.D., native had the first assist on Cole Gunner's game-winner in the 4-0 win. He also assisted on Jason Fabian's empty-netter that sealed the win.
Sophomore Jason Torf was named the AHA Travel Team USA Goaltender of the Week. Torf was named the MVP of the AHA Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team for the second time in his career. He made 23 saves in the semifinal win over Mercyhurst. In the championship game, Torf stopped all 34 shots he faced in the 4-0 win over RIT. The Hermosa Beach, Calif., native has not allowed a goal in six consecutive championship periods. In four AHA Final Four games, he has allowed just four goals.
Freshman Cole Gunner was named the AHA Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week. Gunner scored two goals in the AHA Final Four and was named to the all-tournament team. The Richfield, Minn., native scored the first goal in both games. His goal against Mercyhurst came 1:40 into the contest and gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Air Force never trailed in the game. On Saturday, he scored the game winner at 15:15 of the first period.
Air Force, 21-10-7 overall, is the fourth seed in the NCAA Northeast Regional and faces the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, the Boston College Eagles. BC, 29-10-1, is ranked No. 1 in both major polls and enters the NCAA Tournament on a 15-game winning streak. The Falcons and Eagles meet in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, March 24, at 4:05 p.m. ET.