Falcons host Holy Cross in two-game league series, Dec. 3-4
Nov. 30, 2010
This Week Air Force (5-7-1, 3-3-1 AHA) hosts a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series against the Holy Cross Crusaders (6-6-1, 5-2-1 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at 7:05 p.m. each night at Cadet Ice Arena The Falcons are tied for eighth in the league with seven points while the Crusaders are in fourth with 11 points.
Toy Trick Weekend For the 11th consecutive year, the Air Force hockey team will help brighten the holiday season for area children with the annual Toy Trick at the Holy Cross series, Dec. 3-4. Fans can bring a new stuffed toy, wrapped in plastic, and when the Falcons score their first goal in each game, fans can throw the stuffed toy on the ice. All fans with a toy donation will receive admission for just $3. The toy trick will be offered both nights. The toys will be collected and then distributed to children in local hospitals and clinics during the holiday season. In the first 10 years of the Toy Trick, the team collected and distributed more than 5,500 toys.
Radio/Internet 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. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will be the color analyst. Both games will be video streamed with audio by America One Television. Subscriptions can be purchased at www.americaone.com/college.
The Coaches Air Force coach Frank Serratore (Bemidji State, 1982) is in his 14th season as the Falcons' head coach. He led the Falcons to three straight conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths (2007, 2008 and 2009). Winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey with a record of 217-232-39 (14th year at AFA) and a career mark of 265-325-48 (18th year). Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl is in his 15th season with the Crusaders with a school and overall record of 220-213-49.
Scouting the Crusaders Holy Cross is 6-6-1 overall this season and 5-2-1 and in fourth place in the AHA The Crusaders have lost two straight, 2-1, to Providence on Nov. 27 and, 5-2, to Bentley on Nov. 20. Holy Cross has split with second-place Robert Morris, took three points from league-leading Canisius and earned a key non-conference win on the road at Northeastern. Senior Everett Sheen leads the team with five goals and 13 points Sophomore Thomas Tysowsky and freshman Derek Kump have split time in the nets. Tysowsky has a 5-4 record with a 3.32 GAA and a .888 saves percentage Kump has a 1-1-1 record with a 2.22 GAA and a .925 saves percentage
Series with Holy Cross AFA and Holy Cross have met 28 times and the Falcons hold a 17-5-6 lead in the series that began in 1993. The teams met four times last season with AFA taking three points at Holy Cross and the team's splitting the series at the Academy. AFA is 10-3-2 vs. Holy Cross in games played at the Academy. In AHA games beginning with the 2006-07 season, AFA has a 8-1-4 lead in the series Last season, the teams met in Worcester in November and Falcons took three points behind goaltender Andrew Volkening. In the first game, he stopped all 29 shots and Matt Fairchild scored the only goal in a 1-0 win. In the second game, Fairchild and Paul Weisgarber scored in a 2-2 overtime tie. Volkening made 28 saves, including a glove save as the horn sounded in overtime. At the Academy in January, Holy Cross won the first game, 6-4, by scoring three in the second period. Jacques Lamoureux scored twice for Air Force. Six different Crusaders scored. In the second game, Tim Kirby scored with one second left in overtime for a 4-3 victory.
Recovering after Rough Start Air Force got off to a rough start with an 0-4 record. However, Air Force is 4-2-1 in the last seven games, including a win over No. 3 Yale, Clarkson and conference wins over teams picked in the top half of the league (RIT and Niagara). Last weekend, Air Force defeated Clarkson and fell to No. 12 Denver in the Denver Cup
Balanced Scoring Air Force has had 17 different players score 46 goals this season. Twenty skaters have played this season and 19 have at least one point. Air Force has one player with seven goals, one with six, five with four goals and two with three. Five players have scored 10 or more points.