Oct. 30, 2012
This Week fà Air Force (1-2-3 overall and 1-0-1 AHA) hosts the Holy Cross Crusaders (3-1, 2-1 AHA) in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at the Cadet Ice Arena. fà Faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. MT each night.
Long Wait for First W fà It took six games for the Falcons to earn their first win of the season, a 4-1 road conference victory at Robert Morris. fà Air Force was winless in its first five games (0-2-3) for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
Nothing Settled fà Last season, Air Force set a new school record with seven ties. fà Air Force already has three ties this season and has tied 10 times in the last 45 games.
AHA Home Openers fà Air Force has been very good in Atlantic Hockey home openers since the Falcons joined the league in 2006-07 season fà Air Force is 4-2 in the first AHA home game of the season and is 9-3 in the first AHA home series of the season fà Last season, Air Force beat Niagara in the conference home opener, 3-2 in overtime
Scouting the Crusaders fà Holy Cross (3-1 overall and 2-1 AHA) opened the season with three straight wins over AIC (6-2), at Clarkson (3-1) and UConn (2-1). fà HC suffered its first loss of the season in a 7-2 loss at home to Army, Oct. 27 fà The Crusaders had only allowed a combined four goals in three games before the Army loss. fà Senior Brandon Nunn leads the team with three goals, four assists and seven points. fà Senior Kyle Fletcher has three goals and four points fà Sophomore Matt Ginn has played every minute in goal and has a 2.75 GAA and a .919 saves percentage with a 3-1 record.
Series vs. the Crusaders fà Air Force leads the all-time series vs. Holy Cross, 19-6-8. fà The last six games, and 10 of the last 11, in the series have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. fà Air Force is 6-2-3 vs. Holy Cross in the last 11 fà AF is 6-1-2 against Holy Cross in games played at the Academy since 2006-07 fà Last season, Holy Cross won the season series by taking three points from Air Force in Worcester, Mass., with a 3-3 overtime tie and 4-3 win
Last Season vs. the Crusaders
fà Holy Cross took three points in the series
fà In the first game, Holy Cross took a 2-0 lead in the first period. A goal by Tim Kirby and two by Kyle De Laurell in the second gave AFA a 3-2 lead. Holy Cross tied the game early in the third for a 3-3 overtime tie. Stephen Caple made 32 saves for AFA while Matt Ginn made 22 for HC. HC outshot AFA, 35-25.
fà In the second game, Holy Cross never trailed in a 4-3 win. Holy Cross scored a power-play goal midway through the third period and scored an empty netter with 1:38 remaining. Jason Fabian scored an extra attacker goal for the Falcons with 21 seconds left to make up the final margin. Stephen Caple made 23 saves for the Falcons while Matt Ginn made 18 for the Crusaders. HC outshot AFA, 27-21.