Oct. 24, 2012
This Week Air Force (0-2-2) opens Atlantic Hockey Association play with a pair of road games at Canisius and Robert Morris. Air Force at Canisius (1-3-0) on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:05 p.m. ET at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. The Falcons then travel to Robert Morris (1-1-0) on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:05 p.m. ET at the Island Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa.
AHA Openers In AHA season openers, Air Force is 4-2 since joining the league for the 2006-07 season. Air Force has only opened the league schedule on the road twice and the Falcons are 0-2 (2007-08 and 2010-11). In the first AHA road game of the season, AFA is just 2-4.
Series vs. the Golden Griffs Air Force leads the all-time series vs. Canisius, 7-5-6. Four of the last six games in the series have ended in a tie and AFA is 2-0-4 in those games. The last Air Force win at Buffalo was a 3-0 win last season The last Canisius win was a 3-1 victory in Buffalo on Oct. 31, 2009. AFA is 5-2-2 all-time vs. Canisius in Buffalo
Series vs.the Colonials Air Force and Robert Morris have met 16 times and the series is deadlocked at 8-8. The teams played nine times as members of the College Hockey America conference and the Colonials had a 6-3 lead in the series. The teams met as non-conference opponents in November, 2006, and the Falcons won a 4-3 game at the Academy. The teams renewed the rivalry as Atlantic Hockey opponents for the 2010-11 season. As AHA opponents, AFA has a 4-2 lead in the series. RMU had won six straight games from 2005-2006. AFA has won five of the last seven games in the series.
Scouting the Golden Griffs Canisius is 1-3 overall this season. The Griffs split two games in the Kendall Classic in Anchorage by losing to Alaska-Anchorage (2-0) and beating Alaska-Fairbanks (3-1). The Griffs lost a pair of close games at 10th-ranked Western Michigan last weekend (3-0 and 2-1). Senior Preston Shupe leads the team with two points on one goal and one assist Junior Tony Capobianco has started three of the four games in goal. He has a 2.26 GAA and a .931 saves percentage. Freshman Keegan Asmundson earned the team's only win, a 3-1 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks. He has a .971 saves percentage and a 1.00 GAA
Scouting the Colonials
Robert Morris is 1-1 this season after splitting at Quinnipiac last weekend
Quinnipiac won the first game, 4-0, while the Colonials won game two, 4-0
In the second game, Quinnipiac outshot RMU, 48-25. However, RMU goalie Eric Levine stopped all 48, including 19 in the third period. Zach Hervato scored twice for the Colonials
Hervato leads the team with two goals this season.