April 15, 2013
In Closing Air Force (17-13-7, 15-7-5 AHA) finished second in the Atlantic Hockey Association with 35 points. The Falcons were the No. 2 seed in the AHA Tournament and earned a bye in the first round. Air Force hosted seventh-seeded Canisius in the AHA Quarterfinals, but lost in two games, 4-3 and 4-3 in overtime, March 15-16, to end the Falcons' season. Canisius went on to win the AHA Tournament and compete in the NCAA Tournament, falling to top-seeded, and eventual NCAA runnerup, Quinnipiac, 4-3.
The Coach Head coach Frank Serratore completed his 16th season at Air Force with a record of 272-263-58 record (593 games). He is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey, having led Air Force to five AHA championships and five NCAA Tournaments in the last seven years. In 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 321-355-67 (743 games).
A Quick Look Back Air Force finished second in the AHA, but fell to seventh-seeded Canisius, 4-3 and 4-3 in overtime, in the AHA Quarterfinals at the Cadet Ice Arena. Senior forward Kyle De Laurell and junior defenseman Adam McKenzie were named first-team all-conference McKenzie was named the AHA Defenseman of the Year. Senior Stephen Carew was a finalist for the 2013 Senior Class Award, recognizing excellence in academics, athletics and community service. The senior class has combined for a 74-51-26 record in their career. The group won 16 as freshmen, 20 as sophomores, 21 as juniors and 17 as seniors. The group combined to play in 635 career games and scored 322 points on 128 goals and 194 assists.
The Falcons in the Playoffs Air Force joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-07 season and 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; the No. 1 seed in 2012 and the No. 2 seed in 2013. Air Force has played in six quarterfinal series and all six have been at the Academy. AFA has won five of the six series. AFA is 21-5 all-time in the AHA playoffs AFA is 11-4 all-time in the AHA quarterfinals In AHA Tournament elimination games, AFA is 13-2 with the only losses coming to Sacred Heart in the 2010 AHA semifinals and to Canisius in the 2013 AHA quarterfinals.
A Strong Second Half
After a slow start, the Air Force hockey team finished 14-6-4 from Dec. 2 through the end of the season.
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.
In the last four weeks of the regular season, Air Force earned 13 of the possible 16 points (three against Mercyhurst, four against Canisius, two at RIT and four vs. Niagara).