Oct. 16, 2012
This Week Air Force (0-0-2, 0-0-0 AHA) faces a pair of in-state national powers as the Falcons face 19th-ranked Colorado College and seventh-ranked Denver. Air Force plays CC on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:05 p.m. at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena The Falcons then travel north face the Denver PIoneers on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:07 p.m. at Magness Arena in Denver.
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. The Colorado College game will be video streamed live with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college. No Television.
The Rankings In the current polls (Oct. 15), AFA received votes in both polls Denver is No. 7 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine poll. Colorado College No. 19 in the USCHO.com poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine poll. Air Force was ranked 19th in the preseason USCHO.com poll. The Falcons received votes in the USA Hockey/USA Today preseason poll. 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 and 16th in the USCHO.com poll.
Home Openers In home openers under Frank Serratore, AFA is 9-5-1. Last season, Air Force opened the home schedule with a 3-2 overtime win over Niagara.
Scouting the Tigers Colorado College is ranked 19th in the current USCHO.com poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll CC is 2-0 on the season after sweeping a home series against Clarkson last weekend by identical 5-4 scores. CC outshot Clarkson in both games. The Tigers built a 5-1 lead in the first game and then held off Clarkson for a 5-4 win. In game two, CC came from behind for the 5-4 win and scored the game winner with 60 seconds left. Junior forward Archie Skalbeck leads the team with two goals Senior Joe Howe and junior Josh Thorimbert each started a game in goal. Each allowed four goals. Howe made 17 saves while Thorimbert made 21.
Scouting the Pioneers Denver is ranked seventh in the current USCHO.com poll and eighth in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll The Pioneers have not played a regular season game yet. DU opens the season on Friday, Oct. 19, with a home game against UMass.-Lowell In an exhibition game on Oct. 6, the Pioneers tied British Columbia, 2-2, in overtime at home.
Series vs. Colorado College Colorado College and Air Force will meet for the 69th time since the series began in 1969 The teams have split the last four games with Air Force winning 2-1 last season at World Arena over No. 5 CC. AFA's last win at the Cadet Ice Arena was a 4-1 victory in 2009 Five of the last six games have been decided by two goals or less. CC has a 29-5-1 advantage in games played at the Academy
Series vs. Denver
Denver and Air Force will meet for the 35th time since the series began in 1972
DU has won four straight games in the series
AFA's last win in the series was a 5-2 victory at the Cadet Ice Arena in 2008
Four of the last six games have been decided by two goals or less
Last season's 7-1 DU win marked the first time a game in the series had been decided by more than three goals since 2005. It also marked the most lopsided game in the series since an 11-1 DU win in 1995.
DU is 19-2 against the Falcons in games played in Denver.
Air Force's last win over DU in Denver was a 5-3 win in 1980