Falcons travel to RIT
Nov. 7, 2007
This Week: Air Force (4-2, 2-2 AHA) at RIT (2-3, 1-1 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, 7:05 p.m. ET, Rochester, N.Y.
Radio/Internet Neither game will be broadcast in Colorado Springs. Live stats will not be available.
Video Streaming/Television Both games will be video streamed with audio by the B2 Network on a subscription basis. For more information, please go to the Atlantic Hockey Association web-site at AtlanticHockeyOnline.com. No television.
Last Week AFA split a two-game home league series with Mercyhurst, losing 5-3 and winning 6-2. RIT split a two-game league series with Canisius, winning at home, 4-3, and losing in Buffalo, 6-2.
The Coaches Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his 11th season with the Falcons and his 15th as a collegiate head coach. He has an Air Force record of 153-191-24. His overall mark is 202-283-33. RIT coach Wayne Wilson (Bowling Green, 1984) is in his ninth season at RIT with a school and overall record of 148-67-16.
Rankings Air Force is receiving votes in both national polls. Based on the number of votes, Air Force is 24th in the USCHO/CSTV poll and 21st in the USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today poll. RIT is unranked.
Scouting The Opponents Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, N.Y.) is 2-3 overall this season and 1-1 in the AHA. The Tigers split with Canisius last weekend, winning at home, 4-3, and losing in Buffalo, 6-2. RIT opened the season with a 6-5 loss at Colgate and a 5-3 loss at home to Bowling Green. Senior forward Matt Smith leads the team with four goals and eight points. The Tigers beat then 18th-ranked Cornell, 4-3, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Senior Simon Lambert is tied for the team lead with eight points. Sophomore Louis Menard has played 79 percent of the team's minutes in goal and has a 3.79 goals-against average and a 3.18 GAA. Menard and sophomore Jared DeMichiel each started a game vs. Canisius. Menard earned the win on Friday.
Series vs. RIT Air Force and RIT have met 13 times and the Tigers hold a 6-5-2 lead in the series that began in 1990. The teams met five times from 1990-2000 and RIT won three of the meetings. The teams renewed the rivalry in 2005 and have met seven times. Each team has won three times with three ties. The teams first met as Atlantic Hockey foes last season and RIT won the series, holding a 2-1-1 advantage. RIT swept the series in Rochester by scores of 5-4 and 2-1. Six of the last seven meetings have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
Special Teams Decides Games When Air Force won the battle of the special teams last season, the Falcons were 14-0-4. However, when the Falcons lost the special teams, AFA was just 2-14-1.Air Force was a -5 in special teams last season. This season, AFA is 2-0 when winning the battle of special teams and 0-2 when losing it. AFA is 2-0 when the special teams are tied. The Falcons are even on special teams this season.
Two of Top Scorers are D Through the first six games, two of Air Force's top four scorers are defensemen. Juniors Greg Flynn and Michael Mayra each have five points to tie for the team lead. Flynn has three goals and two assists while Mayra has two goals and three assists. Eric Ehn (1-4-5) and Jeff Hajner (2-3-5) are also tied for the team lead. Mayra and Flynn are tied for the league lead, and for 18th in the nation, in points by a defesneman at 0.83 per game.
Balanced Scoring Frank Serratore has often said that he likes the competitive depth of his team. Through six games, the stats prove his statement. Air Force has four players with five points, two players with four points and four players with three points. Ten Air Force players are averaging a half a point or more through the first six games.
Finishing Strong Air Force has gotten off to some slow starts in games this season, but the Falcons are finishing strong. Through the first six games, Air Force is out-scoring its opponents, 11-5, in the third period. One interesting stat though, it that well Air Force is out-scoring its opponents in the third period, the Falcons are getting out-shot, 49-41, in the final period.