Falcons travel to Holy Cross for AHA series
Dec. 4, 2013
Air Force (7-5-2, 4-2-1 AHA) travels to Worcester, Mass., for a two-game AHA series with the Holy Cross Crusaders (4-9-0, 3-4-0 AHA), Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at 7:05 p.m. ET each night.
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), the longest since the Falcons had a seven-game winning streak in the record-setting 2008-09 season, ended with a 4-2 loss to Bentley on Nov. 29. Air Force is 5-1-2 at home this season. After going just 9-6-2 at home last season, AFA won 11 home games in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Air Force's 7-5-2 overall record marks the second-best start in the last five years. Air Force was 4-7-3 after 14 games last season. Prior to going 8-3-3 in 2011-12, the Falcons got off to slow starts in both 2010-11 (5-7-2) and 2009-10 (6-5-3). AFA set the school record with a 13-1 start in 2008-09.
The Break is on the Horizon
Following the Holy Cross series, Air Force will not play a game for 22 days. The Falcons' next games will be Dec. 29-30 in the Ledyard Bank Classic at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.D. The break for finals and holidays is standard as Air Force had a 27-day break last season, a 26-day break in 2010-11 and a 21-day break in 2009-10 and a 23-day break in 2008-09.
Scouting the Holy Cross Crusaders
Holy Cross is 4-9-0 overall and 3-4-0 and tied for seventh in the AHA. Holy Cross opened the season 0-5 after a series of close losses on the road at Boston University (receiving votes), Northeastern (currently No. 19) and Quinnipiac (currently No. 5). Holy Cross earned its biggest win of the season with a 5-4 victory on the road at then-No. 7 Boston College. Sophomore Tim Driscoll leads the team with six assists and eight points in 13 games. Senior Adam Schmidt and sophomore Mike Vidal each have seven points. Junior goalie Matt Ginn has played every minute between the pipes and has a 3.01 GAA and a .915 saves percentage.
Series vs. Holy Cross
Air Force leads the all-time series vs. Holy Cross, 20-7-8. Eleven of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. As Atlantic Hockey opponents (since 2006-07), AFA leads the series, 11-3-6. However, two of Holy Cross' three wins have come in the last three games. In the last two years, Holy Cross is 2-1-1 vs. Air Force. In games played in Worcester, AFA leads the series, 6-3-5. The last time the teams met in Worcester, in 2012, Holy Cross took three points with a 4-3 win and a 3-3 overtime tie. Last season, the teams split the series at the Academy as Holy Cross won the first game, 3-2, and Air Force won the second game, 7-0.