Falcons travel to RIT and Mercyhurst for AHA games
Nov. 9, 2011
This Week Air Force (5-2-2, 4-0-1 AHA) travels east for a pair of Atlantic Hockey Association games. AFA faces RIT (2-3-2, 1-2-2 AHA), Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:05 p.m. ET at Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y. The Falcons then play Mercyhurst (4-4-0, 3-0-0 AHA) on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:05 p.m. ET at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa.
Radio/Internet/Television All games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Sports Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will be the color analyst. All games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college.
Unbeaten Streak Air Force's current seven-game unbeaten streak is tied as the second longest active streak in the nation. AFA is 5-0-2 in the last seven games, the team's longest streak since winning eight straight late last season. Merrimack has the longest current unbeaten streak at eight games (7-0-1).
Undefeated in League Air Force is 4-0-1 in Atlantic Hockey, the second-best start in school history. The streak is the longest since 2008-09 when AFA opened AHA play with an 11-0 record.
Series vs. RIT Air Force and RIT will play for the 31st time and AFA holds a 14-13-3 lead in the series The series began in 1990 and the teams met nine times in non-conference action As Atlantic Hockey rivals, AFA and RIT have met 22 times and AFA has a 10-9-2 lead The teams have met 20 times in the regular season and RIT holds a 9-8-2 advantage The teams met twice in the playoffs and AFA defeated RIT in both games, including a 1-0 victory in the championship game last season. Eleven of the 30 games, including four of the last seven, have gone into overtime As AHA foes, 14 of the 22 games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie The last four games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie The teams will play a two-game series at the Academy on Feb. 3-4, 2012
Series vs. Mercyhurst Air Force and Mercyhurst will play for the 17th time and the Falcons hold a slim 8-7-2 lead in the series that began in 2007 when AFA joined Atlantic Hockey AFA took two of three last season, including a sweep at Mercyhurst AFA is 5-2-1 in games played in Erie Five of the games have gone into overtime and seven of the last nine games have either ended in a tie or have been decided by one goal (not counting empty-netters. The teams will play a two-game series at the Academy on Feb. 17-18, 2012
Scouting the Tigers RIT (Rochester [N.Y.] Institute of Technology) is 2-3-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the AHA. The Tigers took three points at home from Army last weekend with a 2-2 tie and a 5-3 win. The Tigers have league road losses at Canisius and Mercyhurst. Freshman Jordan Ruby and sophomore Josh Watson have split time in the nets. Watson has the best numbers with a 1.93 GAA and a .922 saves percentage. Senior Cameron Burt leads the team with three goals and six points.
Scouting the Lakers
Mercyhurst (Erie., Pa.) is 4-4 overall this season and 3-0 and in second place in the AHA.
The Lakers have won four straight, tied as the longest winning streak in the nation (Minnesota-Duluth).
The four wins have been over RIT, at Cornell and two over UConn last weekend at home
The Lakers are 3-0 at home this season.
Senior Max Strang has started all eight games and was the AHA Goalie of the Week last week
He has a 3.12 GAA and a .916 saves percentage.
Senior Derek Elliott leads the team with three goals.
Five Lakers are tied with five points.