Nov. 27, 2007
This Week Air Force (7-4-1, 5-4-1 AHA) at AIC (2-6-2, 2-4-1 AHA) Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7:05 p.m. ET, Springfield, Mass.
Radio/Internet Both games will be broadcast on the internet at GoAirForceFalcons.com. Jay Ritchie will do the play-by-play while Dave Toller will do the color. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m. ET each night.
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 took three points from Holy Cross in a home league series, winning 3-1 and tying 5-5 in overtime. AIC competed in the RPI Holiday Tournament. The Yellow Jackets tied RPI, 1-1 in overtime, but RPI advanced after winning a shootout. AIC then lost to Alabama-Huntsville, 5-3, in the consolation game.
Next Week Air Force hosts Canisius, Dec. 7-8. AFA is off for 21 days following the series. AIC hosts three league games next week with UConn on Dec. 4 and RIT, Dec. 7-8
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 156-193-25. His overall mark is 205-285-34. AIC coach Gary Wright is in his 24th season at AIC with a school and overall record of 247-389-46.
Rankings Air Force is receiving votes in both major national polls. Based on the number of votes, Air Force is 23rd in the USCHO/CSTV poll and 20th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. AIC is unranked.
Scouting The Opponents AIC is 2-6-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the AHA, tied for eighth place with five points. The Yellow Jackets placed fourth in the RPI Tournament last week. AIC tied RPI in the first round of the tournament, but Rensselear advanced after winning a shootout (2-1). Alabama-Huntsville beat AIC, 5-3, in the consolation game. Two weeks ago, AIC swept Canisius, 3-1 and 4-2, at home for its first two league wins of the season. AIC freshman goalie Dan Ramirez was named the AHA Freshman of the Week as he won both games over Canisius. Ramirez and junior Tom Fenton have split time in the nets this season. Ramirez has the better numbers of the two with a .927 saves percentage, a 1.82 GAA and a record of 2-1-1. Fenton has a .867 saves percentage with a 4.37 GAA and a record of 0-5-1. Sophomore Mike McMillan leads the team in scoring with five goals and 11 points. Series vs. AIC Air Force leads the series with AIC, 12-0. The Falcons are 6-0 vs. AIC at home, 4-0 in Springfield and 2-0 on neutral ice. The series began in 1980 at the Merrimack Tournament as AFA won 6-1. The teams didn't meet again until 2000 when the Falcons won back-to-back 4-2 games at AFA. AFA won all four games last season.
Power Play Improved The Air Force power play was powerless in the first 10 games of the season. Entering the Holy Cross series, AFA was last in the league and 55th (of 59 teams) in the nation on the power-play, connecting on just 7.8 percent of its chances (5-for-64). In the first Holy Cross game, AFA was 0-for-5, but had eight shots and the unit showed improvement. The second night vs. the Crusaders, AFA netted a season-high three power play goals on six chances and had nine shots on net. The power play improved to 10.7 percent (8-for-75), eighth in the league and 51st in the nation.