Oct. 9, 2012
Opening the Season 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.
Radio/Internet/Television: Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day
Back to the Great White North Air Force is back in the Kendall Classic for the second time in the last three years and third time overall (1999, 2010 and 2012). The Falcons travelled to Anchorage for the tournament in 2010-11 and lost to 12th-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks, 5-2, and to Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2. The Falcons also competed in the Anchorage tournament in 2003-04, falling to Alaska-Anchorage, 5-4, and beating No. 21 Miami-Ohio, 2-0. In 1999, the Falcons fell to Boston University and Niagara. AFA is 1-5 all-time in the tournament
A Quick Look Back Air Force finished the 2011-12 season with a 21-11-7 overall record. 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 The season ended with a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Boston College, in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., March 24 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).
The Rankings Air Force was ranked 19th in the preseason USCHO.com poll. The Falcons received votes in the USA Hockey/USA Today preseason poll. In the current polls (Oct. 8), AFA received votes in both polls 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. AFA finished 13th in the InsideCollegeHockey.com power rankings fà Air Force¡¦s highest ever national ranking was No. 10 in December, 2008
Series Records Air Force and Alaska will meet for the 24th time and the Nanooks hold a 17-5-1 lead in the series that began in 1989. fà The teams last met in the Kendall Classic in Anchorage in 2010, a 5-2 Alaska win The last Air Force win was a 4-3 overtime victory at the Academy in 1995. Air Force has never beaten Alaska in the state of Alaska (0-9) Air Force and Alaska-Anchorage will meet for the 22nd time and the Seawolves hold a 7-13-1 lead in the series. The teams last met in the Kendall Classic in Anchorage in 2010, a 3-2 UAA win The last Air Force win in the series came in 1989, an 8-7 win at the Academy. The last time Air Force beat the Seawolves in Anchorage came in 1974. AFA is just 2-9 vs. UAA in Anchorage
Season Openers Air Force is 19-22-3 overall in season openers. The Falcons are 12-13-1 when opening the season on the road. The Falcons are 5-8-2 in season openers under Frank Serratore. Last season, Air Force fell to third-ranked North Dakota, 4-3, in the season opener at the IceBreaker Tournament in Grand Forks, N.D.