Three Falcons earn player of week honors from Atlantic Hockey


    March 31, 2008

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Three Air Force Falcons earned player of the week honors from the Atlantic Hockey Association as a result of the team's performance at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., March 29. Fourth-seeded Air Force took top-seeded Miami (the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament) into overtime, before falling, 3-2.

    Andrew Volkening was named the goalie of the week, Josh Print was the player of the week and Derrick Burnett was the rookie of the week.

    Volkening becomes Air Force's first player in school history to be named to an NCAA Regional all-tourney team. He made 30 saves in the game vs. top-seeded Miami and made numerous spectacular saves in the game. His stick save on a shot by Jarod Palmer in the second period was named the No. 1 Play of the Day on ESPN, March 29. The sophomore from Genoa, Ill., held the nation's top scoring team to just two goals in regulation. Miami ended up winning the game, 3-2 in overtime, but entered the game as the only team in the nation to average more than four goals per game. Volkening made six saves in overtime, including a blocker save on a breakaway shot by Hobey Baker finalist Ryan Jones, the nation's leading goal scorer.

    Print, a senior left winger from Timberlake, Ohio, scored his first goal of the season to give Air Force a 2-1 lead in the second period vs. the RedHawks. He was also a +1 in the game. The goal was his first ever in the NCAA Tournament.

    Burnett, a freshman right winger from Corona, Calif., scored AFA's first goal of the game vs. Miami on Saturday, March 29. His goal early in the second period tied the game at 1-1 and was his seventh of the season. It was his first ever goal in the NCAA Tournament.




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