Falcons off until Dec. 29-30 at Mariucci Classic
Dec. 13, 2012
This Week Air Force (5-7-3 overall and 4-4-2 AHA) is off until Dec. 29-30 when the Falcons travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the annual Mariucci Classic. Air Force will face third-ranked Minnesota on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Falcons will then play Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday., Dec. 30 at 4:05 p.m. CT.
The Coach Head coach Frank Serratore is in his 16th season at Air Force with a record of 260-257-55 record (572 games). He is the winningest coach in the history of Air Force hockey, having led Air Force to five AHA championships and five NCAA Tournaments in the last six years. In his 20th season as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 309-349-64 (722 games).
Family Reunion While Frank Serratore will be running the bench for the Falcons, his son Tom will be playing for the Minnesota Gophers. Tom Serratore is a junior forward for Minnesota who has played in 16 games this season and is tied for third on the team with six goals. He has been on a tear recently as he scored a goal in both games at Colorado College, Dec. 7-8. Tom's twin brother, Tim, plays for Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Md., and is tied for second on the team with five points in 11 games.
Minnesota Connections Air Force head coach Frank Serratore (Coleraine) and assistant coach Andy Berg (Stillwater) are both Minnesota natives. Serratore and Minnesota coach Don Lucia (Grand Rapids) grew up seven miles apart. Air Force has 11 players on the roster from the state of Minnesota: Stephen Carew (Eden Prairie), Jason Fabian (Roseau), Cole Gunner, (Richfield), Scott Holm (Plymouth), John Kruse (Eden Prairie), Mike McDonald (Mahtomedi), Paul Moberg (Forest Lake), Ben Persian (Orono), Jesse Ramsey (Rogers), Mitch Torrel (Monticello) and Trevor Waldoch (Forest Lake).
100 for Dell Senior forward Kyle De Laurell scored his 100th career point on Dec. 7 at Bentley With four points on Dec. 7, De Laurell became the 43rd player in school history to record 100 career points. He is the first Falcon to hit the century mark since 2011 grads Jacques Lamoureux and Derrick Burnett. De Laurell has 100 career points (35-65-100) in 122 games.
Line Production In the Bentley series, Air Force's top line of Kyle DeLaurell (LW), Stephen Carew (C) and Cole Gunner (RW) combined for 10 points (5-5-10). AFA's third line of Tony Thomas (LW), Chad Demers (C) and John Kruse (RW), combined for 12 points (4-8-12) in the Bentley series. Those two lines combined for all nine of Air Force's goals in the series
Beating the Nation's Best Over the past six years Air Force has beaten five teams ranked in the top five in the nation at the time of the game. In 2011-12, AFA beat No. 5 Colorado College, 2-1, at the World Arena In 2010-11, Air Force's win over No. 3 Yale, 4-3, on Nov. 14, 2010 tied as the highest ranked team Air Force has ever beaten. In 2008-09, both Michigan (2-0 win in NCAA East Regional, March 27, 2009) and Colorado College (4-1 win, Nov. 28, 2008) were also No. 3. In 2008, when Air Force beat Denver, the Pioneers were ranked fourth. During that span, Air Force is 5-5 in games played against teams ranked in the top five in the country.
Senior forward Stephen Carew has scored a goal in three straight games and has a point in five straight games. The three-game goal streak ties as the longest of his career. The five-game point streak is the longest of his career. In the last five games he has six points (3-3-6).
Cole Gunner has scored in four straight games and has seven points (3-4-7) in the last four. He had a career best three points (1-2-3) vs. Bentley, Dec. 7, including his second career game-winner. Gunner has scored in seven of the last eight games.
Chad Demers scored five points in the Bentley series and has a point in three of his last four games (2-4-6)
Defenseman Eric Artman has scored a point in three of his last five games, including a career-best two assists against Mercyhurst, Nov. 30