#19 Air Force hosts Army, Nov. 3-4
Oct. 31, 2017
No. 19 Air Force (5-2-1, 1-1-0 AHC) hosts a two-game Atlantic Hockey series against the Army West Point Black Knights (3-3-0, 3-3-0 AHC), in a two-game series, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4, at the Cadet Ice Arena. Friday's faceoff is at 7:05 pm MT while Saturday's game is at 7:35 pm MT.
Air Force is ranked 19th in this week's USCHO.com poll. The Falcons have been ranked every week this season. The highest was No. 17 in the preseason poll. Air Force is receiving votes in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll.
Every home game and every Atlantic Hockey game will be streamed on AtlanticHockey.tv for a subscription fee.
Both games will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300 and will be available online 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.
Air Force has played six of its first eight on the road ... The Falcons are the only team in the nation to play in four time zones this season ... Air Force is 2-2 in its last four after splitting series at Bemidji State and Canisius ... Matt Koch and Jordan Himley are tied for the team lead with six points each ... Eight players have scored between four and six points this season ... Phil Boje leads the nation in blocked shots with 27 ... On Oct. 27 at Canisius, Ben Kucera played his 100th carer game and scored his 50th career point ... Since returning to the lineup after injury, Matt Serratore has scored in four straight games.
Scouting the Black Knights
Army is 3-3 overall this season with all games coming in league play. The Black Knights opened the season by sweeping AIC in Springfield, Mass. After a split with Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, the Black Knights were swept at home by RIT (5-4 and 3-1) at Tate Rink. Sophomore Dominic Franco leads the team with six assists and nine points. Sophomore Michael Wilson leads the team with four goals and is second with eight points. Senior Cole Bruns has started all six games in goal and has a 2.37 GAA and a .926 saves percentage.
Two of best penalty kills do battle
Air Force and Army feature two of the nation's top penalty kills. Army is currently eighth in the nation at 88.9 percent (24 of 27), allowing just three power-play goals this season. Air Force is 14th in the nation at 87.2 percent (34 of 39). The Air Force penalty kill led the nation last season at 89.7 percent.
Series vs. Army
Air Force leads the all-time series vs. Army, 41-21-6. Air Force and Army met five times last season and Air Force won four of those games. After a split at West Point in November, the Falcons swept the Black Knights at the Cadet Ice Arena in February. The teams met again in the AHC semifinals in Rochester and the Falcons won, 1-0. In the last 15 games vs. Army, Air Force is 11-1-3 vs. the Black Knights dating back to 2011. In Atlantic Hockey games (since 2006-07), Air Force leads the series, 18-6-4. Since becoming the Falcons' coach in 1997, Serratore is 30-12-5 (69 percent) vs. the Black Knights. In games played at the Cadet Ice Arena, Air Force is 23-6-3 vs. the Black Knights. Air Force has a six-game unbeaten streak at home vs. Army (5-0-1). Air Force is 10-1-1 in the last 12 games against Army at Cadet Ice Arena.