Oct. 18, 2013
This Week Air Force (0-2, 0-0 AHA) hosts Penn State (1-0, 0-0 Big 10) for a two-game non-conference series. The teams play Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at 7:05 p.m. MT each night at Cadet Ice Arena (2,470) Tickets are still available for both nights at: GoAirForceFalcons.com.
Radio/Internet/Television Both games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play. Dave Toller will be the color analyst. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day
Scouting the Nittany Lions Penn State opened the season with a 4-1 win over Army in the grand opening of the PSU's new Pegula Ice Arena. Penn State scored once in the first period and twice early in the third for a 3-0 lead. Army scored once late in the third, but PSU scored an empty-netter with 25 seconds remaining. PSU killed nine of 10 Army power plays in the game. PSU outshot Army, 35-26. Freshman forward David Goodwin leads the team with two points (1-1-2). Goalie Matthew Skoff posted a 1.00 GAA and a .962 saves percentage against Army last weekend.
Series History Penn State and Air Force have met twice all-time and the series is split at one win each. The only meeting between the two schools came last season at Penn State. AFA won the first game, 5-1, while PSU won the second game, 5-1. The teams have never played in Colorado.
Last Season vs. Penn State
Air Force and Penn State split the two-game series in Pennsylvania. Five different Falcons scored and Jason Torf made 34 saves as Air Force beat Penn State, 5-1, in game one. Goals by Kyle De Laurell and Chad Demers gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead in the second period. PSU's Justin Kirchhevel scored a short-handed goal in the third period to cut the AFA lead to 3-1, but the Falcons answered with goals by Stephen Carew and Tony Thomas for a 5-1 win. Air Force, 35-24, in the game. P.J. Musico made 19 saves for the Nittany Lions. AFA was 1-for-4 on the power play and the Falcons killed all six PSU power plays. In the second game, PSU goalie Matthew Skoff made 31 saves and the Nittany Lions added two empty-netters late in the third for a 5-1 win over Air Force. Trailing 2-0, Air Force scored early in the third period. However, two empty-netters late by the Nittany Lions made the final, 5-1. Air Force outshot Penn State, 32-25, in the game. Air Force was 0-for-5 on the power play while PSU was 0-for-2. Falcon goalie Jason Torf made 20 saves while Skoff made 31 for the Nittany Lions.