Air Force hosts Colorado College; Third-ranked Yale
Nov. 10, 2010
Air Force (2-5, 2-3 AHA) hosts a pair non-conference games, Nov. 12-14. The Falcons host Colorado College on Friday, Nov. 12, at Cadet Ice Arena (2,470), at 7:05 pm. AFA then hosts third-ranked Yale on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 6:05 pm. Colorado and Yale play each other on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Colorado Springs World Arena.
The 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. The games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college.
You Read it Right -- Sunday Specials
Air Force plays its third Sunday game of the season this weekend when the Falcons host Yale at 6:05 p.m. Air Force is 1-1 on Sunday this season. The Falcons fell to Robert Morris, Oct. 17 in Pittsburgh and then defeated RIT, Nov. 5, at the Academy
Scouting the Tigers
Colorado College is 4-5-1 overall and 2-4 in the WCHA. The Tigers are receiving votes in the national polls. Freshman forward Jaden Schwartz, the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues, leads the team with eight goals and 14 points in 10 games. His brother, Rylan, a sophomore, leads the team with nine assists, and is second with 11 points. Sophomore Joe Howe has played the majority of minutes in net and has a 3.57 GAA and a .877 saves percentage. CC opens the season with a 2-0-1 record, but has won just two of the last seven The Tigers split with Denver last weekend, losing 4-1 in Denver and winning 9-2 at World Arena.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale is 4-0 this season and ranked third in the nation in the USCHO poll The Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring offense, averaging 6.00 goals per game Senior forwards Broc Little and Denny Kearney lead the nation in goals per game (1.25) and points per game (2.00). Each have five goals and 10 points. Senior Ryan Rondeau has started three of the four games in net and has a .919 saves percentage and a 2.34 GAA Yale has played all four games at home this season with wins over Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton and Quinnipiac Yale returns 20 lettermen from last season's team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight, before losing to eventual national champion, Boston College.
Series with Colorado College
AFA and Colorado College meet for the 67th time on Friday CC holds a 57-7-2 lead in the series that began in 1969 CC is 28-5-1 against AFA at the Cadet Ice Arena In the last meeting at the Academy, AFA ended a 25-game losing streak to the Tigers with a 4-1 win. CC was No. 3 in the nation at the time of that game, tying as the highest ranked team Air Force has ever defeated. AFA was No. 11. Current assistant captain junior Paul Weisgarber, was a freshman and scored the first goal of the game. AFA held a 4-0 lead entering the third period. Last season, CC beat Air Force, 2-0, at World Arena. The 10th ranked Tigers outshot Air Force, 28-20, in the game. Joe Howe stopped all 20 shots and CC killed seven Air Force power plays.
Series with Yale
AFA and Yale meet for the 13th time since the series began in 1989 Yale holds a 9-3 advantage in the series and has won six of the last seven The teams have played four times at Air Force and each team has won two games Air Force and Yale last played in Connecticut on Jan. 4, 2009, at 3-2 Bulldog win The teams last played at the Academy in 1995, a Yale sweep.
Facing Nationally Ranked Opponents
When Air Force faces third-ranked Yale on Sunday, it will mark the second nationally-ranked team that the Falcons have faced this season. Alaska was No. 12 when the teams played on Oct. 8 Yale will be the highest ranked team Air Force has played since the Falcons faced second-ranked Denver, Feb. 6, 2010. Denver beat Air Force, 2-1 in overtime. The highest ranked opponent that an Air Force team has ever defeated was ranked third in the nation. Both Michigan (2-0 win in NCAA East Regional, March 27, 2009) and Colorado College (4-1 win, Nov. 28, 2008) were No. 3.