Falcons host British Columbia, Oct. 8

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    Oct. 3, 2012

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    Opening the Season fà Air Force opens the 2012-13 season on Monday, Oct. 8, with an exhibition game vs. the University of British Columbia. Faceoff is at 6:05 p.m. at the Cadet Ice Arena. fà For tickets, go to www.GoAirForceFalcons.com or call 719-472-1895 or 1-800-8623 fà The Falcons open the regular season at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 12-13. Air Force faces Alaska on Oct. 12 at 5:07 AT and then meets Alaska-Anchorage on Oct. 13 at 7:07 AT

    The Coach fà Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 16th season at Air Force with a record of 255-250-51 record (556 games). fà 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 six years. fà In his 20th season as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 304-342-60 (706 games).

    A Quick Look Back fà Air Force finished the 2011-12 season with a 21-11-7 overall record. fà The Falcons won the Atlantic Hockey Association championship for the fifth time in six seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history fà The season ended with a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Boston College, in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., March 24 fà In six seasons in Atlantic Hockey, Air Force has won seven championships with five tournament titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) and two regular season titles (2009 and 2012).

    Returning All-Conference Players fà Forward Kyle De Laurell was a first-team selection last season while John Kruse was a second-team choice. fà DeLaurell, a senior, led the team with 23 assists and 38 points last season. He was second with 15 goals. De Laurell was third in the AHA in points, second in assists (23) and eighth in goals (15) in all games. In league games only, he was second with 30 points, eighth with 12 goals and tied for second with 18 assists. fà Kruse, a senior, led the team with 16 goals and was second with 30 points last season. He was tied for sixth in the league in goals and tied for 13th in points in all games. In AHA games, tied for third with 14 goals and fifth in points with 26

    Who¡¦s Back fà The Falcons return four of the top five scorers from last season. fà Including De Laurell and Kruse, sophomores Cole Gunner and Chad Demers are coming off of solid freshmen seasons. fà Gunner was fourth on the team with 28 points (8-20-28) while Demers was fifth was 24 points (8-16-24).

    Five of the Last Six Rare Feat fà Air Force is one of just seven schools in the nation to compete in the NCAA Tournament five of the last six years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012). fà The Falcons join Boston College (five of last six), Denver (five of last six), Miami (all six), Michigan (all six), New Hampshire (five of last six) and North Dakota (all six).

    The Rankings fà Air Force is currently 19th in the USCHO.com preseason poll. The Falcons are receiving votes in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll. fà Air Force ended last season with the highest final national ranking in school history. The Falcons were 15th in the final USA Today/USA Hockey poll. AFA was also 16th in the USCHO.com final poll. fà AFA finished 13th in the InsideCollegeHockey.com power rankings fà Air Force¡¦s highest ever national ranking was No. 10 in December, 2008

    Raising Banners fà Air Force won its seventh Atlantic Hockey championship in six years with a 4-0 win over RIT in the AHA Championship game fà The Falcons won their first outright regular season title with a 3-0 win at Robert Morris, Feb. 25. fà AFA shared the title with RIT in 2008-09 fà It also marked the second time in the last six years AFA has clinched the No. 1 seed in the league tournament fà Air Force won regular season titles in 2009 (shared with RIT) and 2012 (outright). fà Air Force won AHA tournament titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012

    Between the pipes fà Two-year starter Jason Torf returns for his junior season between the pipes. fà After suffering a groin injury in the second game last season, Torf missed the next 14 games and returned after Christmas. fà In the second half of the season, Torf started 16 games and had an 8-4-2 with a .940 saves percentage and a 1.46 goals against average. fà Torf set new school records for goals-against average (1.73) and saves percentage (.929) in a season. He broke the previous records of 1.97 GAA and .920 saves percentage set by Andrew Volkening in 2008-09. fà Torf finished the season fourth in the nation in GAA (1.73) and ninth in saves percentage (.929) fà Torf¡¦s 2.46 career GAA is the third best in school history while his .914 saves percentage is the second best. He has played in 52 career games and has a record of 24-14-6 with 1,259 career saves and seven shutouts. fà Andrew Volkening, a 2010 grad, holds every career goaltending record with a 2.19 GAA, a .915 saves percentage in 127 career games with a record of 69-39-14.

    The Coach fà Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 16th season at Air Force with a record of 255-250-51 record (556 games). fà 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 six years. fà In his 20th season as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 304-342-60 (706 games).

    A Quick Look Back fà Air Force finished the 2011-12 season with a 21-11-7 overall record. fà The Falcons won the Atlantic Hockey Association championship for the fifth time in six seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history fà The season ended with a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Boston College, in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., March 24 fà In six seasons in Atlantic Hockey, Air Force has won seven championships with five tournament titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) and two regular season titles (2009 and 2012).

    Returning All-Conference Players fà Forward Kyle De Laurell was a first-team selection last season while John Kruse was a second-team choice. fà DeLaurell, a senior, led the team with 23 assists and 38 points last season. He was second with 15 goals. De Laurell was third in the AHA in points, second in assists (23) and eighth in goals (15) in all games. In league games only, he was second with 30 points, eighth with 12 goals and tied for second with 18 assists. fà Kruse, a senior, led the team with 16 goals and was second with 30 points last season. He was tied for sixth in the league in goals and tied for 13th in points in all games. In AHA games, tied for third with 14 goals and fifth in points with 26

    Who¡¦s Back fà The Falcons return four of the top five scorers from last season. fà Including De Laurell and Kruse, sophomores Cole Gunner and Chad Demers are coming off of solid freshmen seasons. fà Gunner was fourth on the team with 28 points (8-20-28) while Demers was fifth was 24 points (8-16-24).

    Five of the Last Six Rare Feat fà Air Force is one of just seven schools in the nation to compete in the NCAA Tournament five of the last six years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012). fà The Falcons join Boston College (five of last six), Denver (five of last six), Miami (all six), Michigan (all six), New Hampshire (five of last six) and North Dakota (all six).

    The Rankings fà Air Force is currently 19th in the USCHO.com preseason poll. The Falcons are receiving votes in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll. fà Air Force ended last season with the highest final national ranking in school history. The Falcons were 15th in the final USA Today/USA Hockey poll. AFA was also 16th in the USCHO.com final poll. fà AFA finished 13th in the InsideCollegeHockey.com power rankings fà Air Force¡¦s highest ever national ranking was No. 10 in December, 2008

    Raising Banners fà Air Force won its seventh Atlantic Hockey championship in six years with a 4-0 win over RIT in the AHA Championship game fà The Falcons won their first outright regular season title with a 3-0 win at Robert Morris, Feb. 25. fà AFA shared the title with RIT in 2008-09 fà It also marked the second time in the last six years AFA has clinched the No. 1 seed in the league tournament fà Air Force won regular season titles in 2009 (shared with RIT) and 2012 (outright). fà Air Force won AHA tournament titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012

    Between the pipes fà Two-year starter Jason Torf returns for his junior season between the pipes. fà After suffering a groin injury in the second game last season, Torf missed the next 14 games and returned after Christmas. fà In the second half of the season, Torf started 16 games and had an 8-4-2 with a .940 saves percentage and a 1.46 goals against average. fà Torf set new school records for goals-against average (1.73) and saves percentage (.929) in a season. He broke the previous records of 1.97 GAA and .920 saves percentage set by Andrew Volkening in 2008-09. fà Torf finished the season fourth in the nation in GAA (1.73) and ninth in saves percentage (.929) fà Torf¡¦s 2.46 career GAA is the third best in school history while his .914 saves percentage is the second best. He has played in 52 career games and has a record of 24-14-6 with 1,259 career saves and seven shutouts. fà Andrew Volkening, a 2010 grad, holds every career goaltending record with a 2.19 GAA, a .915 saves percentage in 127 career games with a record of 69-39-14.

     

     

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