Nov. 18, 2013
Air Force (6-3, 4-1 AHA) heads south on I-25 to face the Colorado College Tigers (1-6-1, 1-4-1 NCHC) on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:07 p.m. at the Colorado Springs World Arena (7,380).
All games will be broadcast in Colorado Springs on The Animal AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play. Dave Toller will be the color analyst. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day. All AHA games and all Air Force home games will be video streamed live on AmericaOne.com.
Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 17th season at Air Force with a record of 278-266-58 record (602 games). He is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey, having led Air Force to five AHA championships and five NCAA Tournaments in the last seven years. In 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 327-358-67 (752 games).
Air Force is the only AHA team receiving votes in the national polls this week. The Falcons received 22 points in the USCHO.com weekly poll. Colorado College is not receiving votes. Denver received 11 points in the USCHO poll. Both Denver (4) and Air Force (3) are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll.
The Pikes Peak Trophy
In memory of the late John Matchefts, who served stints as head hockey coach for both teams, Air Force and Colorado College have jointly created The Pikes Peak Trophy to be awarded to whichever of the two in-town rivals prevails in their annual showdown on the ice. The new hardware will be presented for the first time to the winner of the Nov. 19 contest between the Tigers and Falcons at the World Arena. In the event of a tie, the winner of the trophy will be decided in a post-overtime shootout.
Remembering John Matchefts
John Matchefts, who served as the Air Force head hockey coach from 1975-85, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10. A member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Matchefts played on three national championship teams at Michigan, was a two-time All-American (1951 and 1953) and was the Finals MVP in 1953. Following his college playing career, Matchefts played on the USA National Team in 1955 and earned a silver medal as an alternate captain with the 1956 USA Olympic Team. After serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, Matchefts guided the Colorado College hockey program for five seasons (1966-71) and posted a 48-72-2 mark. He was named the 1969 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year. Matchefts came to the Academy in 1972 as an assistant coach to Vic Heyliger for three seasons. He took over the head coaching duties in 1974. In 11 seasons, Matchefts led the Falcons to a 154-150-6 record from 1974-85.
Defending the Home Ice
Air Force's five-game home winning streak is the longest since the Falcons had a seven-game winning streak in the record-setting 2008-09 season. AFA had two separate seven-game home winning streaks that season. The five-game winning streak gets the Falcons off to a great start at home after AFA went just 9-6-2 at home last season.
Cole Gunner scored a goal in five straight games from Oct. 12-27. The streak was the longest since Jacques Lamoureux had a seven-game goal-scoring streak in the 2010-11 season. Gunner had a five-game goal and point streak end on Nov. 1 at RIT. Gunner has scored in six of the last eight. Demers had a team-best six-game point streak end at Mercyhurst, Nov. 2. Demers has scored a point in seven of the last eight games. Gunner's two game-winning goals are tied for 12th in the nation. Demers is tied for second in the AHA in all games in points (12) and assists (8). Gunner is tied for fifth in the AHA in points (10) and goals (5) and in all games. Scott Holm is tied for fourth in the AHA with three power-play goals. Jason Torf made a season-high 39 saves and recorded his 10th career shutout in the 2-0 win over RIT, Nov. 1. Torf made 37 saves in the win over Robert Morris, Nov. 16.
Scouting the Tigers
Colorado College is 1-6-1 overall this season and 1-4-1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. After opening the season with a 3-1 win over Minnesota Duluth at home, the Tigers are winless in the last seven games. The Tigers were idle last weekend, after a tie and a loss to Denver, No. 8-9. The teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Nov. 8 at World Arena. The Pioneers won the second game, 2-1, in Denver. Freshman defenseman Jacob Slavin leads the team with four points (1-3-4). Freshman forward Alex Rose leads the team with three goals. Senior Josh Thorimbert has played 96 percent of the team's minutes and has a 2.55 GAA and a .919 saves percentage.
Last Season vs. the Tigers
Tiger Andrew Hamburg scored four goals to lead 19th-ranked Colorado College to a 6-2 win over Air Force in a non-conference college hockey game Friday, Oct. 19, at a sold out Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force scored on its first shot on goal as Jason Fabian scored his second of the season from Ryan Timar and Ben Persian. The Tigers then scored the next three goals, all by Hamburg. At the 13:34 mark of the second period, Hamburg secured the natural hat trick. Late in the period, John Kruse scored on the power play to cut the CC lead to 3-2. Just over a minute into the third period, Scott Winkler scored on a blast from the right point for a 4-2 Tiger lead. Hamburg netted his fourth of the game at the 7:08 mark for a 5-2 lead. Just over two minutes later, Winkler scored on the power play for a 6-2 lead. Colorado College outshot Air Force, 41-21, in the game. CC was 2-for-5 on the power play while AFA was 1-for-5. Torf made a season high 35 saves for the Falcons. Thorimbert made 19 saves for the Tigers.
Last Time at World Arena
The teams last met at the Colorado Springs World Arena, Dec. 30, 2011, and the Falcons beat the Tigers, 2-1. Senior goalie Stephen Caple made 33 saves, including 16 in the third period to hold off the Tigers. Scott Mathis scored a power-play goal in the first period and Casey Kleisinger scored a shortie in the second period for a 2-0 AFA lead. CC's Michael Boivin scored midway through the third and the Falcons killed 27 seconds of an extra-attacker situation at the end of the game. CC outshot Air Force, 34-17, including 17-4 in the third period. CC was 0-for-3 on the power play while AFA was 1-for-2. Josh Thorimbert made 15 saves for the Tigers.