Air Force announces 2007-08 hockey schedule
July 2, 2007
U.S.A.F. ACADEMY, Colo. - The 2007-08 Air Force hockey schedule is highlighted by 17 regular-season home games. The team opens the 2007-08 season with an exhibition game against the University of Calgary, Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:05, at the Cadet Ice Arena.
The Falcons open the regular season Oct. 19-20 with a two-game non-conference series against Quinnipiac. The first conference series is on the road at Bentley, Oct. 26-27. The first home conference series is Nov. 2-3 vs. Mercyhurst at the Cadet Ice Arena.
For the first time in school history, the Falcons will play in the Dodge Holiday Classic at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Two of the most successful college hockey programs, Boston College and Minnesota, will be in the field. Air Force will face Boston College, Dec. 29, and then will play either Minnesota or RIT on Dec. 30.
Air Force plays 10 of its first 16 regular-season games at home. The Falcons then play only seven of the final 18 games at home. The Falcons will again face service-academy, and conference foe, Army. This year's series is Jan. 25-26 at West Point.
The Falcons are coming off of their most successful season in school history. In its inaugural season in the Atlantic Hockey Association, Air Force won the league tournament by defeating defending champion Holy Cross (3-0) in the quarterfinals, top-seeded Sacred Heart (5-4 OT) in the semifinals and then second-seeded Army (6-1) in the championship game. AFA earned its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and was the fourth seed at the Denver regional. The Falcons faced the tournament's top seed, Minnesota, and led the Gophers, 3-1, with just over eight minutes left in the third period. The Gophers scored three goals in less than three minutes and escaped with a 4-3 win.
Air Force returns its top scorer, Eric Ehn, from last season. A second-team East All-American selection by the coaches and a first-team All-American by USCHO and INCH, Ehn was second in the nation in scoring with 64 points in 40 games. Ehn was also one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker award, the first-ever service academy player to be a member of the Hobey Hat Trick.