Nov. 26, 2013
Air Force (7-4-1, 4-1-0 AHA) hosts Bentley (4-7-0, 3-2-0 AHA) in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30, at the Cadet Ice Arena (2,470).
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.
Defending the Home Ice
Air Force’s six-game home unbeaten streak (5-0-1) 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 six-game unbeaten streak gets the Falcons off to a great start at home after AFA went just 9-6-2 at home last season. Air Force has had two eight-game unbeaten winning streaks in school history (1993-94 and 1990-91). The school record 13-game winning streak came in 1974-75.
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 has scored in eight of the last 11, including a career best three assists vs. Denver, Nov. 22. Gunner is tied for third in the AHA in points (14) in all games. Demers, Gunner and George Michalke are all tied for seventh in the league with five goals in all games. Chad Demers had a team-best six-game point streak end at Mercyhurst, Nov. 2. Demers has scored a point in nine of the last 11 games, including a goal and an assist vs. Denver, Nov. 22. Demers is tied for first in the AHA in all games in points (15) and assists (10). Scott Holm is tied for fifth in the AHA with three power-play goals. Holm had a career-best 10 shots vs. Denver, Nov. 22, the most by a Falcon since Jacques Lamoureux had 11 vs. Sacred Heart in 2010. Jason Torf made a season-high 39 saves and recorded his 10th career shutout in the 2-0 win over RIT, Nov. 1.
Scouting the Bentley Falcons
Bentley is 4-7-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the AHA and in tied for third in the AHA, just two points back of Air Force. Bentley was off last weekend, but has won two straight and three of its last four. After opening the season with a 6-4 win at Nebraska-Omaha, currently 15th in the nation, Bentley lost six straight. Bentley snapped the skid with a 5-2 win at Army, Nov. 2. After an 8-7 loss at home to AIC, Bentley beat UConn, 3-0, and Holy Cross, 3-2 in overtime, Nov. 15-16, respectively. Bentley is 3-6 on the road this season. Junior forward Alex Grieve leads the team with eight goals and 14 points. Junior defenseman Steve Weinstein leads the team with 12 assists. Senior goaltender Branden Komm has a 2.84 GAA and a .915 saves percentage.
Series vs. Bentley
Air Force leads the all-time series vs. Bentley, 22-7-5. Air Force is 9-3-3 vs. Bentley in games played at the Academy. The teams met twice last season at Bentley and Air Force earned three points with a 7-4 win and a 2-2- overtime tie. The teams last met at the Academy in January, 2012 and Bentley took three points with a 2-1 win and a 2-2 overtime tie. In the last four meetings between the two teams, each team has won once on the road and two games ended in a tie. Five of the last six games in the series have been decided by one goal or less and three of them went into overtime.
Last Season vs. the Bentley
Air Force took three points at Bentley with a 7-4 win and a 2-2 overtime tie. In the first game, Stephen Carew and Chad Demers each scored two goals in the 7-4 win. Bentley scored first and the game seesawed back and forth until early in the third period. Goals by Cole Gunner and Tony Thomas late in the third gave the Falcons a 6-3 lead. Bentley scored an extra-attacker goal with 33 seconds left and Kyle De Laurell sealed the win with an empty-netter with 11 seconds remaining. Bentley outshot Air Force, 41-34, in the game. AFA was 0-for-1 on the power play while Bentley was 1-for-4. Jason Torf made 37 saves for Air Force. Branden Komm started the game in goal for Bentley and made 20 saves while allowing four goals in the first two periods. The two teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in the second game. Stephen Carew scored early in the first period and Bentley answered 35 seconds later to tie the game. Air Force regained the lead midway through the second period on a slap shot by Mike Walsh. Bentley again answered five minutes later in a 4-on-4 situation on Jared Rickord’s goal. Bentley outshot Air Force, 36-30, in the game. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while Bentley was 0-for-4. Jason Torf made 34 saves for Air Force while Blake Dougherty made 28 for Bentley.