No. 12 Air Force idle until Dec. 29-30 at UConn Tourney
Dec. 11, 2008
Up Next No. 12 Air Force (14-2-0 overall and 11-1-0 in the AHA) is idle until Dec. 29-30 at the Toyota/UConn Classic at Freitas Arena in Storrs, Conn. Merrimack (4-8-3, 2-7-2 Hockey East) and Quinnipiac (7-5-1, 4-3-1 ECAC) will play the first game on Monday, Dec. 29 at 4:05 p.m. while Air Force will face UConn (4-11-0, 3-5-0 AHA) in a conference game at 7:15 p.m. The consolation game is Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 4:05 p.m. while the championship game follows at 7:15 p.m.
Radio/Internet Both games will be broadcast live in Colorado Springs on KCS AM 1300 and on the internet at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com. The pregame show begins 20 minutes prior to faceoff. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide the analysis. Both games will also be video streamed live 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 Air Force split a home league series with RIT, winning 2-0 and losing 3-2 in overtime UConn lost a league game to Sacred Heart (5-3), Dec. 2, and then fell to UMass , 5-1, on Dec. 5 Merrimack lost a home game to Maine, 3-2, on Dec. 7. Quinnipiac defeated Providence at home, 5-2, Dec. 5.
Rankings Air Force is ranked 12th in the USCHO/CBS College Sports and 13th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Falcons were also 11th in the InsideCollegeHockey.com power rankings. UConn, Merrimack and Quinnipiac are unranked. Inside the Rankings Air Force's No. 10 national ranking on Dec. 2 was the highest ever by an Atlantic Hockey or MAAC team. The ranking is also the highest ever in these two polls by a team not from one of the "Big Four" conferences (WCHA, CCHA, ECAC and Hockey East). Niagara was No. 11 in both polls late in the 1999-00 season. The No. 10 national ranking was the highest in school history in these polls.
More on the Rankings Air Force is ranked seventh in the RPI, tied for seventh in the PairWise and 11th in the KRACH. The KRACH, PairWise and RPI rankings use sophisticated mathematical formulas based on a team's winning percentage and the strength of schedule. KRACH is endorsed by College Hockey News as the best system to objectively rank teams. The PairWise rankings are similar to the model used by the NCAA Selection Committee. Although the PWR does not precisely duplicate the method used by the committee, the PWR has exactly predicted the NCAA tournament entries in each of the last eight years. Air Force was ranked No. 1 in both the KRACH and PairWise rankings on Dec. 2 for the first time in school history.
Nation's Top Scoring Team Air Force is the top scoring team in the nation, averaging 4.44 goals per game. Air Force has scored three or more goals in 12 of the 16 games and has scored five or more six times. Denver is second in the nation with 3.88 goals per game. Air Force's scoring margin (+3.00 goals per game) is one goal per game better than Notre Dame's +2.00, which ranks second in the nation.
National Rankings Senior Greg Flynn is the top scoring defenseman in the nation with 1.38 points per game (4-18-22 in 16 games). Flynn is 10th in the nation among all players in scoring and is the only defenseman in the top 12. Flynn is also second in the nation with 18 assists. Jacques Lamoureux is second in the nation in scoring with 1.50 points per game (12-12-24). Brent Olson is tied for fifth in the nation with 1.44 points per game. Lamoureux, a center from Grand Forks, N.D., leads the nation in power-play goals (8) and is tied for the national lead in game-winning goals (4). Olson is tied for second in the nation in assists with 1.12 per game.